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Dive Review of Underwater Explorers/Costa Casa in
The Continental USA/Boynton Beach, Florida

Underwater Explorers/Costa Casa: "Drift diving Florida", Jul, 2017,

by Mark Miller, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9720 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed at a condo at the Casa Costa complex in Boynton. The condo was very nice and a short walk to Underwater Explorers' dive boat at the marina. Should you encounter issues with your condo, be aware that the front staff at the complex will not help you. So have the owner/manager's contact info before arriving.

Underwater Explorers is owned and operated by Capt. Kevin. He takes a maximum of six divers and his only restriction is to come to the surface before running out of air. It is very refreshing to dive with an operation that does not have so many rules that it is not fun. I was diving solo so he paired me with other divers. The true testament to his diving operation is that nearly everyone I dove with was a repeat customer; some many times over.

Due to strong currents all my dives, 3 days 2 tanks, were drift dives over the reefs; which I love. Probably due to the current, the visibility was not great but once on the reef there was a lot to see. Some of the largest loggerhead turtles I've encountered along with lots of reef fish, schools of large barracuda, some of the best coral in the area and even a spotted eagle ray. All diving is done on the reef and the reef is at a depth about 60'-75'. So nitrox is short of a necessity so you will have some bottom time on the second dive.

The boat is very adequate. It is partially covered and has plenty of room for 6 divers. There are two buckets for cameras and mask. The boat does not have a work place for cameras. Back at the dock there is not a rinse tank but there is a water hose to rinse your equipment. Kevin does not have a secured storage area for equipment so plan on carrying to and fro. Our condo was within walking distance but most other divers drove. There is a parking garage at the marina as well as two restaurants for after diving drinks.

Overall the Boynton Beach area was a very pleasant place to dive. Due to the current, one needs to descend fairly quickly to the reef in order to prevent drifting off the reef. So for this reason divers do need some experience. There are some wrecks, but, due to the current, we were not able to dive any of them.

I would definitely dive this area again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Mexico, Socorro islands, Gulf of Mexico, Florida
Closest Airport West Palm Beach/Ft. Lauderdale Getting There Flew Southwest to Ft. Lauderdale and drove to Boynton Beach; about a 30 minute drive.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-45 Ft/ 8-14 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface when you get low on air
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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