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Dive Review of Subtropic in
The Continental USA/Key West, FL

Subtropic, Jul, 2009,

by David Rosen, MO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4921.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 86 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 35 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, and fixed time limits on bottom time on the Vandenberg
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse buckets on board.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went for 2 dives on the Vandenberg. O/W divers were allowed, but one of Subtropic's staff was required as a guide (@$25/person). The Vandenberg is a huge ship and you can only see a small portion on one dive. We dove a midships area and then near the bridge. Both were interesting. There was little fish live or coral to be seen, but the ship itself is very interesting.

The Subtropic staff was great. They took care of every need and kept things light and fun. The dive briefings were very good too. On our two dives, there was no current at any depth, but we are told they can have a very heavy current.

I would highly recommend Subtropic.
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