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

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Emma Weyer, 48167, USA (1 report)
Report Number 127

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Reporter
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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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