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Dive Review of Island Ventures/Rock Reef Resort in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Andrew Levin, MA, USA
Report Number 1444
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cape Ann, Catalina Island, Palm Beach, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Hawaii,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 0    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tank on boat for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Rock Reef Resort was a laid-back and comfortable place to stay, a good
alternative to standard hotel fare.  No food on site, but not a problem in
Key Largo.  Good value at about $80/night.
Island Ventures runs a professional but "no stress" operation as
they advertise.  They had told me over the phone that there would be free
demo equipment to try out on the day I reserved with them, and this was
done through an arrangement with Divers Direct in Key Largo.  When I pulled
up to the boat, I felt like I had been set loose in a toy store.  The boat
was quite comfortable for 9 divers that day, and Captain Brian did an
excellent job picking sites and giving helpful dive briefings.  We set up
our own equipment and got a hand with tank and BC, which made entrances and
exits easy.  We dove Molasses Reef, a pretty spot with a good assortment of
reef fish.  Not particularly challenging for an advanced diver, but fun
nevertheless (how could diving in 80 degree water not be fun for a New
Englander ?). I was able to try out a new Sealife digital camera on two
dives, and a SeaDoo GTI Scooter - which added extra fun and excitement to
an already enjoyable dive.  Capt. Brian gave us a free hand underwater, and
there was no pressure to finish the dive and move on.  The morning ended on
a high note when someone spotted a Goliath Grouper under a ledge, which
must have been at least 6 ft. long and over 500 lbs.  And Island Ventures
offered all of this at a sizeable discount from their list price as part of
the special with Divers Direct.  I should also mention that the boat is
docked right behind Sundowners and Senor Frijoles restaurants - and the
Senor provided a great post-dive spot for beer and dinner.  All in all, a
very enjoyable and high quality outfit to dive with in Key Largo.  I'll
sure look Island Ventures up again next time I have the chance.
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