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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/Kona Kai in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

HMS Minnow/Kona Kai, Aug, 2002,

by Paul Morrissey, NJ, USA . Report 117.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Saba, Bahamaa, Tahiti, Bora bora
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 88 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on board with 500 PSI.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My wife and I dove with Jeff Jarvis the owner, captain and dive master of HMS Minnow on Undercurrent's recommendation and we were not disappointed. He runs a very clean boat with fresh water rinses and has water and snacks on board. Jeff tries very hard to accommodate the wishes of all on board and he lets you dive you own profile. He briefings are excellent with maps of the reefs and wrecks and he gives you great suggestions on the best way to navigate around them. The boat is small so if the water is choppy and you are prone to seasickness it could be a problem but the upside is that you are only diving with six people on board and it gets to the dive areas quickly. Jeff leaves the docks early, 8:00 AM as to avoid diving the same spots with other dive boats.

The Kona Kai resort is a very quaint small hotel with immaculate and very well maintained grounds. The rooms are clean with air conditioning, TV and refrigerator. A great place to relax between dives. The owners Joe and Ronnie who also run an art gallery in the hotel try to make sure that all guests are taken care of. They have a rinse tank and outside lockers with a lock to wash and dry your scuba gear. The only negative is that there is no maid service while you are staying there so you had to make your own bed.
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