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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/I stayed at the Holiday Inn in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

HMS Minnow/I stayed at the Holiday Inn, Jul, 2002,

by Emma Weyer, 48167, USA . Report 127.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman Island & Brac, Cozumel, BVI, USVI, West Palm Beach, Australia, Red Sea, Galapagoes, Great Lakes, Georgian Bay
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Because I was diving with a Junior Diver, my profile did not include anything over 50 feet. There were no restrictions other than coming up with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I used the 2002 Edition of the Diver's Chapbook to research this week of diving as I was taking my 13 year old grandson for his first tropical diving. The choice of HMS Minnow (a 6 pack boat)was absolutely perfect. I called several weeks ahead for reservations, which I was glad I had done, as Capt. Jeff Jarvis will take the boat to places the first reservationist requests. With my request for shallow dives befitting my grandson's needs, we got what we asked for. For six mornings of 2 tank diving, Jeff took us to a different site each day, and to one that was a special request from my grandson. We saw many different fish, sharks, a turtle, scads of lobsters, spotted and green morays, as well as the usual sponges and corals the Keys grow. Jeff and his wife Betty were attentive to our needs and provided a wonderful experience for my grandson (and me!), with dive site briefings, helping with tanks, etc. They provided cold water, juice and fruit each day, plus on-dock lockers to store our equipment overnight. I can recommend the Minnow to anyone. The Holiday Inn we stayed at was just fine and only steps away from the boat.

Just the month before this experience, I had been diving in various sites in the Bahamas, where the corals were covered with an algae-like growth - very sad. I found the corals in Key Largo to be in much better shape.
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