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Dive Review of Islamorada Dive Center/Hilton Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Islamorada Dive Center/Hilton Key Largo: "Discovering Islamorada", Jul, 2015,

by D. Tan, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 8291.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Andros, Bonaire, Curaçao, Grand Cayman, Heron Island, Key Largo, Little Cayman, Roatan, Saba, St. Martin, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport MIA Getting There 2-h drive from MIA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computers & air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Large camera bucket amidships on the boat. Limited dry space, though, with the table near the stern and uncovered. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments We've dove off of Key Largo for many years (with Ocean Divers) but decided to do something different on this trip and take a private charter for our group of 5. We had originally booked 3 days with Rainbow Reef Dive Center, but wanted to do the Eagle wreck down off Lower Matecumbe Key and, after originally promising to take us in the morning, then saying they could only do it in the afternoon and would limit us to 40 min dives due to the length of the trip (apparently they wanted to book a second private charter on this holiday weekend day), they put us in touch with Islamorada Dive Center for this first day of our trip. The IDC private charter rate was $775 for up to 6 divers, considerably more than RRDC's $595 for up to 10 divers. On the other hand, we were able to dive our schedule and started at a leisurely 9:30am after driving down 20 min from the Hilton Key Largo (a solid, but often pricey, resort-style hotel, midway be ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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