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H2O Below

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3 Hour Private Powerboat Dolphin Cruise with Remote Beach Stop up to 15 guests
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3 Hour Private Powerboat Dolphin Cruise with Remote Beach Stop up to 15 guests

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Enjoy your private boat for up to 15 passengers, with restroom aboard, full shade, and a friendly, informative Captain to show you around the Pensacola area by water. The remote beach stop is a favorite for all ages. The boat will beach right up, so you can easily hop on and off. You never know what you may see along the way. We cover a 20 plus mile round trip around Pensacola Bay, the Pensacola Pass, and Big Lagoon. Skip the crowds and enjoy your own private adventure aboard the Jolly Dolphin, a most comfortable vessel. We also have a smaller boat that can accommodate up to 6 passengers, check out our other trip listings. You can also opt to add extra time to your cruise for an additional fee.
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Larry P wrote a review Jun 2019
5 contributions4 helpful votes
Didn’t actually get to dive with them, but my experience is worth considering. Be aware that H2OBelow is strictly a dive boat operated by Capt. Douglas; there is no dive shop or physical office location other than the slip. However, they are closely associated with MBT Divers, which is where you will rent any gear you need (and likely find Capt. Douglas). I called Capt Douglas upon arrival in Pensacola and requested we meet to discuss the upcoming dives. I may be old-fashioned, but I like to personally meet who I will be diving with before we go out. He seemed taken aback, but agreed to a meeting at MBT Divers. At the dive store he seemed pre-occupied, constantly running around the store and didn’t really seem focused on discussing the dives, dive preparations or procedures, etc. Some background: I contacted Capt. Douglas in January 2019 via email and telephone, a full 6 months before our planned arrival from southern California, with a request to dive the 5 wrecks of the Florida Panhandle wreck trail located off Pensacola. Four days of diving were scheduled, with a promise that marketing would be undertaken to get divers on the boat. However, upon arrival, I learned that two days were canceled because not enough divers had signed up. Not sure how much marketing was done to try to fill the boat, but the boat only goes out when 5 or more divers have signed up. I understand that dive boats need a certain amount of revenue to operate, but it was still frustrating to travel all that way and not dive. Finally, on the third day there were enough divers for the boat to go out; however, a storm had moved into the area. We made it to the dock in a light rain a full half hour before the 8AM departure time and waited. And waited. With no activity at the boat, I finally called Capt. Douglas only to be told dives that day and for the rest of the week had been cancelled. I understand that bad weather can scrub dives, so that part doesn’t bother me. It happens. What bothers me is that Capt. Douglas didn’t bother to make a courtesy call, either the night before or the morning of, letting me know the dives were cancelled. A more disconcerting experience concerned our limited discussions to dive the Oriskany (subsequently cancelled due to weather). H2OBelow stipulated a maximum depth of 130 feet, and provided a pre-mixed blend of 28% nitrox. I am an experienced diver, used to planning and executing my own dive profiles. This sort of micro-dive management is neither wanted or needed. I don’t need a DM looking over my shoulder from entry to exit. However, this is what you get with H2OBelow whether you want it or not. Overall, my experience with H2OBelow was disappointing. So, I have a couple of recommendations for those planning to dive in the Pensacola area: Recommendation #1: If you want to ensure that the boat will leave the dock, bring at least 4 other divers with you. Otherwise, the boat won’t go out. Recommendation #2: If you are an experienced diver and comfortable in your ability, choose a different dive boat. If you want someone to hold your hand and second guess your decisions the entire dive, H2OBelow may be a good fit for you.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Jguth wrote a review Apr 2019
Shreveport, Louisiana13 contributions
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Had a great time with Capt. Douglas and crew this past weekend. Called the evening before because it was a last minute trip to Pensacola. They set us right up no problem! Boat was nicely set up and crew was knowledgeable and gave good safety and dive briefings. This was my brother and my first time boat diving in Pensacola and we will definitely be back to see H2O
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Date of experience: April 2019
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langchoo wrote a review Jun 2018
Boston, Massachusetts15 contributions33 helpful votes
My Daughter and I dove the Oriskany. We found Capt Doug and Dive master Non very experienced, prepared and professional. What i liked was there relaxed approach to what could be an stressful experience. I have been diving for 30 years and have been with some non professional dive operations, and also some highly stressful operations. The Oriskany is not a dive for beginners, and diving this site is inherently stressful. Its both deep and far from shore. For several reasons non that they caused, we decided not to abort the first dive. Neither the Captain or Non ever questioned our choice. No coaching, criticism, or beginning scuba lesson etc. We did the second dive, and had a great dive. It was comfortable experience, and we were closely guided by Non. If we come back, any diving we do will be diving with this company.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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shelbydill2018 wrote a review Jun 2018
Bayou Vista, Texas1 contribution2 helpful votes
I recently organized a five day dive trip for 14 divers from my dive club for three days of diving in Pensacola. Of course we all wanted to hit the "Mighty O" and then do a few other Gulf dives ending with a trip to Vortex Spring. We started with diving the "O' on the first day. The weather was gorgeous, the seas were flat and the visibility was very good. All this is great, but what really stood out was the professionalism and care we experienced on the H2O Below Dive charter. I chose them because they were affiliated with MBT Divers, a dive shop I have known for 20 years, but the rest was flying blind and trusting MBT Divers. Since I was arranging this trip from afar, it was all handled on the phone and through emails. Capt Douglas was easy to contact, he returned my calls and emails and gave me all the information I needed to plan and everything worked out as planned. I used to dive off Pensacola using my own boat and know the difficulties that can be faced with the currents, getting on and off, etc., but Capt Douglas has a "traveler" system set up on his boat that made it very easy to deal with the surface current, get down to the wreck and back and then back on the boat. He was always waiting there to help our divers back aboard and back to our seats safely. Our divemaster, Nine, was nothing less than outstanding. She gave excellent briefs on what to expect, set up the traveler on each dive, checked on us regularly down below and handled a very scary situation with one of our divers with care and competence. They provided snacks and drinks for the long trip out and back and were very personable and full of great stories. We spent two days diving with them and I highly recommend them for all your dives in the Pensacola area - you won't be disappointed! Shelby Dill Secretary, Bay Area Divers, Houston/Galveston PADI Divemaster
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Bruce B wrote a review Jun 2018
Greenbrier, Tennessee81 contributions35 helpful votes
I am a dive instructor and do pre-work before planning a trip for anyone who I recommend. I have seen lots of dive operations’. My standard is first safety, next quality of the divemaster, and finally the amenities provided. These folks hit 5 on all counts, I don’t need to gush over the experience, which they do well. I have already told my students that we need to plan to book only with H2O because they are real professionalis who will provide a quality dive experience in Pensacola. It took one trip to see that they are the real deal, and an operation that I trust. I came here to check these folks out. I am coming back with a group. These folks do diving right, This is a scuba diving operation, so some of the questions have no relevance. Plan on a great day of diving.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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