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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort in
The Continental USA/Florida

HMS Minnow/Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort, Feb, 2004,

by Steven Altchuler, MN, USA . Report 936.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, Pacific, Carribean, Asia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 73 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return to boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments HMS Minnow: The HMS Minnow is a 25' boat - holds up to six divers. Jeff tailors the dives to your preferences. I was diving with my younger daughter (Jr Open Water), so we dove shallow reefs and the Benwood, a shallow wreck. Jeff planned great dives, increasing in difficulty. There's no dive master in the water with you, but Jeff gives excellent briefings, with charts, to help you plan the dive. Jeff leaves the marina earlier than most other boats, so he's able to get to the dive sites you want.

The boat is comfortable. He carries first aid supplies, as well as oxygen, marine radio, and cellular telephone. With a quick email, he had nitrox waiting for me for the dive. Jeff does not intrude, but clearly observes the divers and assesses their skills. He had a rinse tank waiting on the pier. The only drawback is HMS Minnow has no head. The HMS Minnow website is <[hmsminnow.com link];, and his email is <hmsminnow@msn.com>. Jeff and I easily arranged our trip via e-mail.

Summary: I would easily dive with the HMS Minnow again. It's excellent if you want personalized diving, with the opportunity to do the dives you want. However, if you would prefer a divemaster in the water to show you the sites, I would recommend another operator.

Key Largo Holiday Inn: I'll merely list the facts:
o) Conveniently located to the HMS Minnow.
o) Check-in was simple and accurate
o) At dinner, our three entrees at the hotel restaurant came at three different times
o) The room had a sleeper sofa in it. It was made, with the sheets covering the packing plastic which the mattress was left in.
o) We were locked INTO our room. When we went to get ice at bedtime, the door would not open. It took over one-half hour before they could unlock it from outside, and then another one-half hour before it was fixed enough that the door could be open and shut from inside the room. However, no one at night could reprogram the lock and they did not call in anyone who could reprogram the lock. As a result, one of us needed to stay in the room at all times until the next morning. This meant we could not have breakfast together. (If we hadn't tried to get the ice, we would have discovered all this as we tried to leave for our dive the next morning.)
o) At checkout, I was billed for a meal that someone else had. It took them ten minutes to verify the charge was not mine.
o) The hotel website links to "Visit Our Other Hotels and Resorts" -- The Marriott Key Largo, The Ramada Key Largo, The Marina Del Mar, The Travelodge and Suites.
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