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Dive Review of Ocean Divers in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tim McCabe, MD, USA
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Report Number 4729
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi, 120 ft., NO decompression dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We've dived with Ocean Divers in Key Largo since '04 and this trip was just
as great. Weather was forecast to be windy with 4-6 seas beyond the reefs.
Turned out to be bright sun, calm breeze and the lightest of chop with a
slight current for our dive days! How lucky is that!

We dived the Spiegel Grove for our first time - and used an Ocean Divers
guide just for safety. Vis. was only about 30-35 ft. max. with a light
current. Bottom time was only 20 minutes at 95ft. but it was an interesting
dive. We also visited the usual spots - Benwood Wreck, French Reef and
others. All reef dives had 70-80ft. vis. and lots of marine life including
green and spotted moray eels. Corals were abundant and healthy and lots of
fun to channel through. French Reef also has several caves and a couple of
good swim-thrus, the best of which is Christmas Tree Cave. It's full of
Glassy Sweepers and an easy swim. Depths on all these reefs are 20-50 ft.

Marine life on the Benwood Wreck was the best I have seen. Lots of
Trumpetfish hanging under the iron hull sides. Even had a large group of
4ft. Barracudas check us out.

Ocean Divers has two large boats, the Santana and the Ocean Diver. DMs Hans
and Mike were very thorough with briefings and very attentive to anyone's
needs. OD does a lot of IDC classes and almost always has instructors
aboard the charters doing individual certification dives. Boats are super
clean, wide, and easy to move around. The week we were there it was not
crowded with boats only half full at most.

Anyone considering diving in the upper Florida keys will be well served by
Ocean Divers. 32% banked Nitrox is readily available. They have a full
service shop where the boats are and another full store on HWY 1 in north
Key Largo. We'll go back to them again for sure. 

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