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Dive Review of Its a Dive/Marriott Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Ian Kennedy, California, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 2560
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, Australia, N. Z., California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tank on boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
I had three days of diving in Key Largo at the end of June. I stayed at the
Marriott in Key Largo and dove with Its a Dive who are located at the
Marriott. Although the name doesnt send too promising, the operation was
reasonable. Generally, there were about 12 to 14 people on board, although
the third day when we went to the Spiegel Grove there were only six people.
On the first day, a Sunday, some fairly severe thunderstorms rolled in
while we were under the water. I was looking around to see who had the
giant strobe on their camera  it was actually lightning. Fortunately,
nobody was electrocuted. The first day, we went diving on the wreck of the
Benbow and then on Elbow reef. Those were shallow dives to a maximum of
about 35 feet. I had plenty of air left by the time our allotted time of 60
minutes was up. The second day, we went to the wreck of the City of
Washington and to French Reef. The City of Washington was probably the
nicest site that we visited. There was a large grouper under the boat,
weighing a couple of hundred pounds, and a few nurse sharks at the bottom.
On the third day we went to wreck of the Spiegel Grove. I have been diving
on the wreck twice before, on both occasions the wreck was on its side. On
this occasion, it was upright, thanks to the intervention of Hurricane
Dennis a year ago. It was interesting to see the ship in the upright
position with the superstructure where it should be. We explored the bow of
the ship down to about 100 feet, working our way out over the
superstructure to gain a little extra bottom time. There was a bit of
current at depth, as can be seen in the photo of the flag flying on top of
the ship. As usual, this was nice easy Florida diving. 

Pictures are at [ link]
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