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Dive Review of Silent World in
The Continental USA/Key Largo Florida

Silent World: "Coral restoration day Key Largo.", Apr, 2021,

by Mary Adams, MD, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 11659.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I signed up on Coral Restoration Foundation’s website to do a day of coral restoration with this outfitter. We attended a 2-hour presentation and training at CRF in the morning, then boarded Silent World’s Phoenix boat for the afternoon dives. First dive was in CRF’s Tavernier nursery, where buddy teams each cleaned algae and fire coral off the coral trees. Second dive was at CRF’s out-planting site on Carysfort Reef.
This was NOT a good coral restoration day. We divers were not well-managed, so time was wasted, and both dives were way too short, about 30 minutes. We did not plant any corals at all, only visited the site. There was some problem with the boat, so it took much longer than planned to get to and from the nursery and Carysfort.
Coral restoration is a noble activity, and I am impressed that it is even possible. The plantings that we saw at Carysfort looked well-established and growing, and the damselfishes and butterflyfishes were beginning to occupy the staghorn thickets. I will do coral restoration again, but April 16 with Silent World was not a good day.
Websites Silent World   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cuba, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Clearwater FL, Bimini, Saba-St. Eustatius, Roatan, Kona, North Carolina, Flower Garden Banks, Caymans, Palau, Chuuk, Jupiter Florida, Turks and Caicos, Revillagigedo.
Closest Airport Miami international Getting There Easy nonstop from DC. Rental car for 1-hour drive.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Clean coral tree in coral nursery, visit coral out-plant site on Carysfort Reef.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There are no UWP accommodations on this day boat, but the coral trees and the out-planted acropora cervicornis are intriguingly photogenic.
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