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Dive Review of HMS Minnow Dive Charters/Key West Inn in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Visser, MI, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5366
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Fiji, Caymans, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize, Guanaja, San Salvador,
Provo, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Second time diving with Captain Jeff....first time was in 2003. Friendly
retired cop.  He runs a nice, small operation.  Nice, fast, 6 pack covered
boat. For our 3 days of diving, my wife and I were the only two divers on
the boat. We left for the dive sites by 8AM, before the cattle boats had
departed. Jeff gives a briefing on the geography of each dive site, and
then turns you loose for as long as you want the dive to last. We arrived
at Snappers Ledge by 8:15 and saw massive schools of fish to the extent
that in places the reef was actually obscured. On this one dive we saw
several lobsters, a large green Moray, 3 different types of filefish, as
well as the vast variety of Caribbean reef fish. After 55 minutes
underwater, we were heading back to the boat when my wife beckoned me to
her, and pointed out a 6-7 foot nurse shark sleeping peacefully under a
coral ledge. We got as close as 3-4 feet away before it casually swam away,
revealing not one, but two Highhats that were also lounging under this
ledge. Sheesh! We've traveled all over the world, but I had forgotten how
good Pennekamp diving can be....especially when you are the first ones to
the dive site. Jeff has an arrangement with the Key West Inn where rooms
are available for $99/night. It's a renovated, older hotel. Rooms are
clean, and staff is friendly. All rooms are townhouses with 2
stories...ideal for families. Mom and dad get the upstairs bedroom, up to 3
kids can sleep down. 2 bathrooms, 2 tv's, kitchen. They are on the same
channel that Jeff has his boat. Doc's Diner is a must. Huge sandwich
platters for only $7.50. The cuban sandwich had meat piled almost an inch
high, with a humongous batch of fries and some coleslaw. I had enough left
over to take home for supper.
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