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

Dive Duck Key/Hawk's Cay, Aug, 2010,

by Timothy A Kolakowski, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5780 has 1 Helpful vote.

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, Montserrat
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back to boat in an hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

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