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Blackwater Diving Recommendations in West Palm

Discussion in 'Florida' started by living4experiences, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. living4experiences

    living4experiences ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tigard, Oregon
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    I'm heading to southeast Florida/West Palm Beach next month and looking for dive ops that do blackwater diving. I know of Pura Vida and Walkers. Any other recommendations between Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm?
     
  2. Protondecay123

    Protondecay123 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Apex of Moronia
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    Force E Scuba in Boca Raton does them.
     
  3. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
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    Force-E doesn't have their own boats. They book on local charter boats except for Pura Vida since they are a direct shop competitor. Force-E typically books on Walkers when diving Palm Beach.
     
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  4. Protondecay123

    Protondecay123 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Apex of Moronia
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    I was shopping there last week and overheard one of the people there was taking a group out last week. I’m not sure how they arrange their charters but was using South Florida Dive Headquarters in Pompano For that dive IIRC.
     
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  5. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
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    Those are the only two I am aware of.
     
  6. lindai

    lindai Regular of the Pub

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    As others have said, Pura Vida and Walker's Dive Charters are the only two operations in the whole area doing black water dives. Pura Vida goes out on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Force E uses Walker's operation, which goes out generally on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. The actual mechanics of the dives are very similar on both boats.
     
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  7. uncfnp

    uncfnp ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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  8. living4experiences

    living4experiences ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tigard, Oregon
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    Thanks to all for the info. I love black water diving, so I'm going to book with both ops!
    Cheers!
     
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  9. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Hollywood, Florida
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    I’ve made blackwater dives with both of these outfits and they are each delightful. Protocols are very similar, and the only major difference between them is that Pura Vida offers 90 minute dives, and Walker’s offers a 120 minute limit.*

    *I’ve not been out on a commercial vessel since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. These were the time limits as of this past February.
     
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  10. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
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    A question for those who have done these dives. For those who are not macro photographers is there anything to see? Is it worth the cost?

    I've never done one of these primarily because I'm not a photographer and certainly don't do macro. I'm just a point-and-shoot GoPro hack. I'm assuming there really isn't much point to these if you're not a macro photographer with a nice camera/light setup.

    What am I missing (if anything)?
     

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