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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/Westin Resort - Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John, nj, usa
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 534
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi on returning to boat. Depth not an issue on these reefs  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We took a family SCUBA trip to the Keys. My wife and 2 youngest sons had
just been certified (in NJ) the prior fall. We wanted an easy and
interesting first trip so that they could get comfortable. The Minnow's
Capt. Jeff Jarvis is a first rate operator. The boat is a 6 - pack so it
was perfect for the 5 of us. On a total of 6 days diving we only had a 6th
diver with us once. The boat is big enough to be comfortable and small
enough to get to and from the dive sites quickly. Capt. Jeff leaves the
docks early (7:30am on morning dives and 12:30pm on afternoon dives) so you
are always the first ones on the site. This is great on the morning dives
as we saw all the big stuff before the other dive boats could scare them
off. Jeff was always making sure our gear was set up right and helped us in
and out of the water. By the time you got your fins off and got back to the
gear bench your tank was switched over for the second dive. I can't say
enough about how good it was diving on the Minnow. Because we had new
divers on board we didn't dive any of the more challenging sites (Speigel
Grove, Duane, Bibb, etc) but Jeff would take divers there if they were up
to it.  We were allowed to dive withing our own limits, just return to boat
with 500psi. Jeff's hand drawn maps of the dive sites and breifings were
very helpful for navigating the reefs. He's a diver and that helps. The
diving in Key Largo is great. Tons of fish (mostly small) and some turtles,
big grouper, sharks and eagle rays. Great time. The Westin is a nice hotel
but needs some refurbishing and some better management. For the price it
wasn't really a good value. Housekeeping never came before 4pm and did a
poor job at best. The food was outrageously priced and since we were diving
every day we didn't really use the facilities much. 
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