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

Aquanuts Dive Center/Kelly's on the Bay, Jun, 2003,

by Dave Bridenbaugh, Ohio, USA . Report 552.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Fresh water quarries, Tavernier Key,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 PSI back to boat. 60' for basic open water c-cards
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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