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Dive Review of Island Ventures in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Fl

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Morten Winckler, GA, USA
Report Number 905
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Scandinavia, Mediterrean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Did actually not get to do this dive, so this report to serve as a word of
Island Venture run a nice little 6 pack boat from Key Largo, FL. We dove
with them back in 2001 and was very happy with boat, captain, operation and
dive sites. 
My wife had travelled to South Florida for work and I had decided to join
her for a long weekend and decided to finally get to dive the Spiegel
Grove. Needless to say that I booked with Island Venture again, based on
satisfaction with last trip. Booked my dive trip more than a week before
and got confirmation, with subject that dive may be cancelled if not enough
divers due to slow season. In case of cancellation, Island Venture would
rebook me to another operation, which was all fine with me. 3 days before
the dive, I wrote another email to reconfirm and advised that any change of
plans from their side, they should call my cell phone. On the day of the
dive, I called Island Venture in the morning to confirm everything was set
for the afternoon dive. To my great surprise, I learnt that they had
changed the afternoon dive to a morning dive!!!! They offered to find
another boat that was going out to the Spiegel Grove this afternoon, but
was unable to find one. Obviously quite disapointed, I asked why they have
not called my cell to advise of the change in their plans, as instructed in
my email. Captain (Brian Berry, owner) advised 'that he may not have read
his email for a couple of days....'.
I am still confident that Island Venture run a dive operation as good as
they did back in 2001. However, from my experiance, it is quite obvious
that they do not take communication with their clients before the trip to
seriously. My advise to fellow divers must be that if you book with Island
Venture, call them well in advance (and preferable several times) before
you go out, in order to stay updated and can make last minute changes, if
Island Venture change their plans and fail to inform their clients.
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