Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of HMS Minnow in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Fl

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Cowden, MO, USA
Report Number 1962
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Aruba,Cozumel, Grand Caymen, St. Maarten, Abacos, Walker's Cay, San
Salvador, Bimini
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Adhere to computer or dive table and return to the boat with at least 500
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
     I have taken 7, 1-week dive trips to Key Largo from 2000-2005, and I
dove from the HMS Minnow on every occasion.  Jeff Jarvis is the
owner/captain of the HMS Minnow, a "six pack" boat with a single
outboard motor.  The HMS Minnow takes a maximum of 6 divers, and berths in
the canal by the Holiday Inn on the east side of Hwy 1.  I spent two trips
diving from the HMS Minnow in 2005  1 week in July and 1 week in August. 
In July, my friend and I arrived in Key Largo on the heels of Tropical
Storm Arlene.  Due to Arlene's influence, on our first day of diving we
experienced windy weather, unusually heavy seas, and very limited
visibility.  The weather, waves, and visibility gradually improved as the
week progressed, but the visibility never exceeded 50 feet, which was below
average for the Key Largo area.  In August, I returned to Key Largo with my
family, who also are divers.  The conditions were more in line with what
weve come to expect in Key Largo.  Water temperatures were in the mid-80s
and visibility ranged from 30 to 75 feet.  On both trips the reefs looked
healthy and the fish life was plentiful.  We had several sightings of
spotted eagle rays, turtles, green moray eels, and spotted eels, as well as
numerous nurse sharks.  Our favorite dive sites were Snapper Ledge, Conch
Wall & Reef, and the Spanish Anchor site on Molasses Reef.
     As dive operators go, you cant ask for any better than Jeff Jarvis. 
His boat is well maintained (thanks to Betty, his First Mate) and
comfortable for the 6 or less divers he takes out on each trip.  Jeff has a
friendly and relaxed attitude while still being keenly aware of whats
going on with his divers and their equipment.  Jeff is very helpful without
being overbearing.  Jeff gives clear, informative pre-dive briefings,
making use of maps of the dive sites.  Jeff stays with the boat during the
dives rather than entering the water with the divers, so divers should be
reasonably competent at underwater navigation or, if you request in
advance, Jeff can arrange for a dive instructor or guide dive with you.  As
someone who has made dozens of dives from the HMS Minnow over a 5½
year period, I can attest to Jeff Jarvis awareness of safety, attention to
details, and efforts to provide good, old-fashioned customer service.
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 553 dive reviews of The Continental USA and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on HMS Minnow Dive Charters

All The Continental USA Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to The Continental USA
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Want to assemble your own collection of The Continental USA reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.