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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Marina del Mar in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Marina del Mar: "Key Largo, FL with Rainbow Reef Dive Center", Oct, 2015,

by George Borton, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8485 has 2 Helpful votes.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments My buddy and I have dived in Key Largo/Islamorada area several times. This was the first time we used Rainbow Reef Dive Center. We were very impressed with their operation. Boats were clean and well maintained. Crew and other staff went out of their way to be helpful. Service was far better than we have received on other boats. Their boats are large (42') so they hold a number of divers which can be one downside. But they are so well organized that it wasn't a problem. They provide guides but you do not have to use them if you don't want to. We tend to use the guides - especially on the reef dives - so that we can concentrate on looking for things without worrying about navigating.
We were lucky to see a number of nurse and reef sharks which can be iffy in the Keys. Did a double dip on the Spiegel Grove and one dive on the Duane along with reef dives - eight dives in two days.
Websites Rainbow Reef Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Yap, Palau, Truk, Cozumel, Bonaire, Utila, Roatan, Belize, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bali, Malasia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only restriction was MOD on nitrox.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No special accomodations except for the large camera bucket on board. No special table or dry area for cameras.
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