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

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Morrissey, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 117

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Saba, Bahamaa, Tahiti, Bora bora

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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