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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Private home (vrbo) in
The Continental USA/Key largo, Florida

Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Private home (vrbo), May, 2012,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 67 reports with 26 Helpful votes). Report 6567.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We picked Rainbow Reef since they have a scheduled dive master in the water on each dive, which, to me, should be standard. The first dive was on the Spiegel Grove, which is one of the signature dives of Key Largo. The surface current was ripping and we had to pull ourselves up to the bowline, & down to the wreck. Viz was about 50 feet & the current lessened on the wreck. I saw the largest Goliath grouper I had ever seen along with many large barracuda. The return to the boat was an adventure in the ripping current. I had my Nautilus lifeline with me & was glad I did if I had missed the line. The second days dives included the Christ of the Abyss which was ok. The shallow reefs had a good many lobsters, barracuda, and fairly good small critters. The second day was pretty much a cattle boat, but it happens everywhere at times. We only dived two days, so I really don't think we got a fair view of Rainbow Reef. The boats are good, but on the second day of the cattle boat, there were too many divers of different skill levels, grouped together. I waited for the dive master 20 minutes under the boat as she had to coax & help,a new diver get down. All in all, Key Largo is fun & the diving is ok to good.
I've been spoiled by Caymans, Bonaire,etc.
Websites Rainbow Reef Dive Center   Private home (vrbo)

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Truk, Australia , etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 lbs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket only
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