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Dive Review of Scuba Monkey/N/A in
The Continental USA/North Florida, Gulf of Mexico

Scuba Monkey/N/A: "Enjoyable diving for north Florida", Sep, 2019,

by KW, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 11170 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Our first trip out of Steinhatchee, organized by Scuba Monkey on their boat 'Chimps Ahoy'. Departed Steinhatchee at 8 am, returned 6 pm. The first site was 27 miles from Steinhatchee, at 50-60 ft, a freshwater spring in a 10 ft deep depression in the otherwise flat, sand-covered rock bottom with sparse soft corals and a few barrel sponges. The rocky walls of the spring were covered with small, colorful sponges, tunicates, christmas-tree worms, few bivalves, small crustaceans, plenty of smaller fish in addition to shoals of very tame Almaco Jack and Atlantic Spadefish. Visibility about 40 ft after a week of dry weather. Second site was about 1.5 hrs back towards Steinhatchee, a 30 ft? long shrimp boat wreck at 40 ft on a sandy bottom. Wreck covered with small sponges, tunicates, anemones, etc, large shoals of fish all around it, Oyster Toadfish, Cocoa Damselfish, and two large Goliath Grouper hiding inside. Both dives colorful, fishy and very enjoyable. The 30 ft dive boat was pretty slow, took 3 hrs to get to the first site, no real chairs to speak of, we sat on the floor or a cooler. There was a front cabin and head. Appreciated the shaded deck, relaxed attitude of the captain, cold drinks and sandwiches, as well as Scuba Monkey's informal and flexible approach to booking the trip. There was a dive guide on the boat but not compulsory. Maximum of 6 passengers/divers on the boat.
Websites Scuba Monkey   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Belize, Panama (Coiba, Pearl Is), UK, Red Sea (Sharm), Myanmar, Sulawesi (Wakatobi), Philippines (Mindoro, Palawan), Solomons (Guadalcanal), New Zealand (Poor Knights), Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Gainesville, Valdosta Getting There 1.5 hr drive from Gainesville FL or Valdosta GA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40- Ft/ 12- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Keep with dive guide, start ascent on 1000 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No freshwater tank on boat, small boat so best to take camera on board ready assembled
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