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Dive Review of Horizon Divers/Marriott Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by George T Felt, NH, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4689
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, USVI and BVI, Bermuda
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
70   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on boat in 60 minutes or 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
A dedicated rinse bucket was provided for cameras only. Captain handed
camera to divers in the water and lifted it out on exit.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I stayed at the Marriott and took a refresher course with one of their
staff.  This was a very good experience, and the teaching and service there
is excellent.  However, there was nobody else at the Marrriott who wanted
to dive (all week), so they matched me up with Horizon.  I have dived with
Horizon before, and was reminded of their good location, solid boats, and
excellent staff. I eventually found that several guests at the Marriott
were using other dive operators because the resort is located a bit farther
away from the dive sites than other operations (so you end up with a longer
boat ride - not necessarily a deal breaker, but that's the deal). 
Excellent pre-dive briefings from Horizon.  You are on your own (with your
buddy) as they do not routinely put a divemaster in the water unless you
want to hire a guide. Roll calls were always well done. You are required to
hire a guide if you want to dive a wreck and do not have Advanced Diver
training or have not been in the water in the last year.  This seems
reasonable to me - but means you have to talk to them in advance to make
these arrangements and allocate funds to take care of business.  I would
certainly recommend Horizon (or "It's a Dive" if you are staying
at the Marriott and don't mind a little more boat time).  Oh yeah - we saw
Goliath Grouper that were so big you could not put our arms around their
mid section (not that you want to try) - the consensus on their approximate
dimensions was 6+ feet long and around 400 pounds.  Scary big.  Also saw a
pair of really big Cobia that were mistaken for sharks at first glance. 
Generally healthy coral (but some sites were in decline).  This area is a
good value and has surprisingly high quality diving for an easy-access
stateside vacation - I recommend it.  Marriott is good for nondiving
spouses, but a bit steep on price and less expensive accomodations are
locally available if you focused exclusively on the diving (consider the
Holiday Inn or the Ramada - decent but undistiguished places to crash with
excellent location but not on the water in spite of what they tell you - a
canal is not "the water" in my view).
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