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Dive Review of Aquanuts Dive Center/Kelly's on the Bay in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Bridenbaugh, Ohio, USA
Report Number 552
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Fresh water quarries, Tavernier  Key,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 PSI back to boat.  60' for basic open water c-cards  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Kelly's rooms are clean and comfortable.  The area is very humid and they
have a drying room to hang your BC and dive skins or wet suits etc.
However, they have no fan and some days we still had wet gear even after it
hung all night. Nice continental breakfast. No restaurant.

Yet, the dives were very nice.  I am still a relatively new diver even
though I've been to 110' depths on a couple wrecks. Kelly's staff are very
competent and a little "by the book" yet they don't try to baby
sit new divers.  
We dove on reefs and a couple of wrecks that were shallow. All dives were
50' or less except for the Spiegle Grove which is in about 115' of water
and you need to go at least 70-80' to appreciate most of it.  They are
reluctant to let new divers take the Spiegle Grove dive and when they do,
they insist that you stay above 60' and that you have at least 4 salt water
dives logged. At 60' you can see the SG, but, you miss the experience of
seeing the entire ship in detail.

Kelly's is a nice operation especially for new divers and those with
limited experience.  I'm glad we spent a week with them.  I highly
recommend it for anyone. They give you a full hour per tank and don't try
to rush you.  They have 2 boats and have 2 tank dives at 8:30 Am and again
at 1:00. Also, they have a one tank night dive and a two tank dusk and
night dive combo usually on an old wreck at about 35-50'. I made both and
saw much. Turtles, nurse sharks, lobster, eels, goliath grouper, 1 octopus,
and numerous reef fish.   

It was a nice experience and I'd go back.

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