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

HMS Minnow, Jun, 2003,

by Eva Katcher, MD, USA . Report 531.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Australia, Bahamas, Little Cayman, Cancun, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only restrictions were to come back with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Jeff Jarvis of the HMS Minnow (hmsminnow.com) runs an excellent dive operation. He takes a maximum of 6 divers so that he can get out before the cattleboats. He also treats you like an adult. He provides a good dive briefing and then leaves it up to you to dive your own profile. You need to be back on the boat with 500 PSI. We were down for more than an hour on some locations. The weather ranged from great to poor the weekend we went. One day there was a very strong current on the surface and the seas were cresting at 3-5 feet. The next day the surface was flat and very calm. Plenty of barracudas, eels, and fish schooling. We managed to dive the Spiegel Grove, which is already getting good coral growth. An excellent weekend.
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