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Dive Review of in
The Continental USA/S.E. Florida, Aug, 2004,

by Steven Blair, Ca, USA . Report 1308.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Stayed at Marriott Ocean Point and it was very comfortable, the previous week we stayed at Marriott BeachPlace, which was also very nice. There is no shortage of dive operators from Ft Lauderdale to Palm Beach. We were there August 7-16, spending the first week in Ft Lauderdale, and hurricane Charley wasn't an issue at the time in this area. The annoying problem we had in calling more than 15-20 dive operators, including down to north Miami, is they all seem to be hooked on this shallow 60-40 reef dive theme. I am assuming it is to have a short surface interval so they can get them back in and go home.

We were more interested in deeper dives in the 100-130 range for better visibility and some of the wrecks. When we called Dive Charter International in Boynton beach, they could not have been more accomodating. The captain, Leo, was happy to drop us off on a deep wreck and we tied off our float, while others were dropped off for a nearby drift-reef dive. When we finished our dive we merely drifted with the current as we made our slow ascent, and the Deeper was there to pick us up.

Leo runs the Deeper and Little Deeper, and his was the best and most thorough dive opertation we found during those two weeks. What made it even more enjoyable is the boats are spotless when you board,divemaster's were there if needed, and fresh snacks and soda's were on board.

We have been going to Florida for a few years, and this was the first time we found this almost universal pattern of the boring 60-40 reef practice. When we return we will be on DCI's boat.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cay Sal Banl, Truk, Yap.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 Feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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