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Dive Review of Sear Breeze / Reef Raiders/Galleon Time Share Resort in
The Continental USA/Key West, Florida

Sear Breeze / Reef Raiders/Galleon Time Share Resort, Aug, 2002,

by Jim and Donna Cox, WA, USA . Report 167.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, Bahamas, Florida, Puget SOund, WA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Rule of Thirds, back on board with 700. Keep off the reef.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nice photo setup. Crew very considerate of equipment. Camera only tank on board. Good advice on where/what to shoot

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We dove the Sea Breeze / Reef Raiders for two days. We signed up at the shack on the dock. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Cool T Shirt with Reef Raider logo, buy one, just wish they had decals for my camera case. Our resort, the Galleon Time Share, was right on the dock where boats were moored.

Our first day on the inner reef was our first experience with a dive operation that took more than 8 people at a time. Being fairly new we have read a lot of magazine articles about dive operations and comments about "cattle boats". These articles shied us away from larger operations.

I guess most magazine reports are written by divers with 500+ dives, like to dive challenging profiles to 500', in zero viz., one fin and only use 200 lbs of air for a two hour dive. For general good diving and good amentities, I recommend checking out larger operations. Our first (and subsequent experiences) were great!

The Sea Breeze main boat is a cat that takes 30 people or so I guess, I didn't count. There was a mixture of snorklers and divers.
This operation was first class all the way. Good dive briefing, good location, great consideration of the environment. Boat was in excellent shape even with a warm water shower, complimentary refreshments, including beer or wine after you were done diving.

Second day was onto the outer reef for lobster hunting with the same operation. Took their other smaller boat. Outer reef much more vibrant in color and better / bigger fish. Didn't catch lobster as we had company of a large nurse shark. Excellent crew and captain again. Boat was clean, well appointed and fast. Separate camera tanks and excellent rinse facilities on the dock.

Both boats had first aid and O2 on board. Very reasonable cost for two tank dive. Sea Breeze / Reef Raiders is a first class operation that we recommend to anyone diving in Key West.



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