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

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John W. Griffis III, FL, USA
Report Number 2166
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Tobago, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Honduras, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy team, time limit one hour diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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