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Dive Review of It's A Dive/Marriott in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Satterfield, NV, U.S.A. (1 report)
Report Number 3443
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Southern California, Roatan Honduras, Hawaii, Tahiti, Grand Cayman,
Cozumel, Eleuthera, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour per dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We dove on the City of Washington wreck and Lobster Ledges, both in Elbow
Reef, Pennekamp State Park. The wreck (spread out over 100 yards) and the
reef were both uninteresting in themselves, with very little live hard or
soft coral, but there were many schools of colorful fish, and many
individual beautiful fish, especially on the wreck. I had been diving only
a couple of times in the previous 25 years, and I enjoyed both dives. The
depth was 25 feet, and there were 3-foot swells (not ideal, but OK), and
some current at the Ledges. Another diver told me that there's a lot more
non-fish life on Molasses Reef. It's A Dive has a great boat, with plenty
of shade. They provide soft drinks, bottled water, towels, and defogger,
and there's a liquid-only head on board. The crew of three was friendly and
helpful, and assisted with handling gear when needed. Buddy diving was not
required. Rental equipment was first-class (the usual BC-integrated system
with octopus rig, and console with a depth guage, pressure guage, and
compass). There were perhaps 15 other divers, but it didn't feel crowded.
It's A Dive's shop is on the Marriott's property, and the boat is docked
there. You can get a special rate at the Marriott by going through the
shop, The Marriott is better than the Ramada Inn and the
Holiday Inn, which are a three miles down the road, and it has a
restaurant, which the Ramada Inn lacks. I suggest that you call the shop
for a marine forecast before going; the first time I tried to dive at
Pennekamp, in May, none of the boats left the dock for 3 days because of
25+ knot winds and 4-6 foot swells.
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