Bonneville Sea Base

Bonneville Sea Base
Utah
USA West

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Site Review by
 Chris Gardner
Date: 01/06/2008

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Chris Gardner Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    2.00
City:   Ogden Reef:    3.00
State:   UT Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   1 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   11 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.49
We visited Bonneville Seabase in May '07. The site consists of 2 shallow springs (abt. 30') and on deep spring (60') These are inland saltwater springs stocked with tropical fish, nurse sharks and lots of other cool stuff. If you bring romaine (not iceberg) lettuce, the fish will swim up to you and chow down. The nurse sharks will tolerate you for a few seconds, even let you pet them, and then they swim off so you can find them again. The facilities are great with a dive shop right next to the springs with changing facilities indoors. The springs are warm, but a shorty is probably a good idea. 2 out of the 3 springs are covered, making it more comfortable getting in and out in the winter. The vis is the key issue with the Seabase. When we were there in the late spring, the algae bloom had started and the vis was less than 4 feet. They say winter and early spring is the best time of year for good vis. On their website (www.seabase.net) it says they've recently installed a new filter system that is supposed to improve the vis in the future. Right now they're advertising 6' in the shallow springs and 12' in the Abyss. Overall, it's a unique dive, especially in Utah, and is definitely worth a visit.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    4.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2007
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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