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Dive Review of Dive Duck Key/Hawk's Cay in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Timothy A Kolakowski, PA, US
Contributor   (12 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Caymans, Provo, Grand Turk, Salt Cay, St. Vincent,
Jost Van Dyke, Grand Bahama, Maui, Big Island, Costa Rica, Cozumel,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back to boat in an hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
     A spur of the moment trip caused by low cost accomodations &
airfare, plus a chance to get newly certified son James into the water
between June's certification in Maui and next Easter's trip sent us to
Hawk's Cay on Duck Key, halfway down the Keys. We got a great summer price
on a beautiful 2 story condo. It was a fun long weekend on and under water
as we explored the Keys, dove, and enjoyed the resort.
     Hawk's Cay is a much-nicer-than-usual Keys accomodation. It's a full
fledged resort. 5 pools, kids club, 5 restaurants, mini golf, spa, dock
facilities, dolphin program, and a dive shop. Awesome for families,
especially with pre teens - there were tons of kids. 
     We had variable diving conditions...great one day, currents & bad
vis the next. Tough for a new diver but he handled it with divemaster's
help...which cost $100/day! Pretty steep for a guide but the Keys dives are
unguided except for the deep wrecks.
     Good fish life and the Thunderbolt is a fun wreck. Beautiful ride to
Key West for one day. Skip Miami, and fly to Ft. Lauderdale with AirTran or
Southwest. Much easier airport to navigate.
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