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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Key West Inn Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Key West Inn Key Largo: "CoralPalooza 2017", Jun, 2017,

by Mary Adams, MD, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9722 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Coral Restoration Foundation ran this weekend event, their third CoralPalooza, June 2-3, 2017. On Friday afternoon we ~300 volunteers registered, oriented, and received our assignments. Saturday we appeared at our assigned task locations. I was assigned to Ocean Divers. On my first dive, to CRF's coral nursery, I cleaned a coral tree with an ordinary dish brush. On my second dive, out to the reef, I outplanted 2 coral fragments onto the reef using a claw hammer to clean a couple of spots and a glob of marine epoxy to attach the fragments to the reef. CRF says 70% of their outplanted corals are alive and well a year later. To a gardener, 70% is pretty good.
Then there was a happy hour with some awards, short speeches, a (nasty sweet blue) special cocktail, and a band.
I'll do it again next year. And some of the dive outfitters run occasional, maybe monthly, coral restoration dives.
While I was on Key Largo I got a PADI AOW certification and an EAN certification, dived the Spiegel Grove, dived the CGC Duane, and visited Christ of the Abyss. Christ looks kinda lonely down there. He needs Moses and John the Baptist, and some camels and sheep.
Websites Rainbow Reef Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cuba, Bonaire, Cozumel.
Closest Airport Miami Getting There Non-stop from D.C., rental car.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Descent to the Duane was by moorline in a ripping current, but there was no current down there on the wreck.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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By Joel Hirsh in CT, US at Sep 10, 2019 17:23 EST  
report didn't seem to really describe Rainbow Reef Divers operation
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