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

It's a Dive/Marriott, Nov, 2005,

by John W. Griffis III, FL, USA . Report 2166.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Tobago, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Honduras, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy team, time limit one hour diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments It's a Dive is a 5-star PADI resort. They are located in the Marriott Hotel complex on the bay side of Key Largo, FL. They are a very professional, well-run operation. Instructors, dive masters, and boat crew are very accomodating and knowledgeable. They have two boats: one is a 45 ft. double v-hull flat top, the other a 36 ft. single hull. Both are fully equipped and well maintained, and both are powered by twin large outboards. The 45 ft. boat has modern diving ladders on both sides. Weights are organized in a locker and dunk tanks for masks and cameras are also available. Entry into the water is by giant stride from either side of the boat. The dive site was located at Elbow Reef, Anchor Chain, at John Pennekamp State Park. Seas were 3-5 ft. during our trip, but the design of the flat top made it feel more like 2-4 ft. A second dive was scrubbed because a diver needed medical attention for an ear problem. We returned to the dock where It's a Dive has locked storage facilities so that gear may be left overnight for the following days diving. Rinse tanks containing disinfectant for wetsuits and gear are available at dockside. Although we experienced conditions that made diving almost impossible, the staff at It's a Dive are so professional they made the trip worthwhile. If you are heading to the Keys we highly recommend It's a Dive.
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