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

Island Ventures/Rock Reef Resort, Nov, 2004,

by Andrew Levin, MA, USA . Report 1444.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cape Ann, Catalina Island, Palm Beach, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Hawaii, Brazil
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat for cameras

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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