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Dive Review of Quiescence Dive Services/Best Western Key Largo Suites in
The Continental USA/Key Largo Florida

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Martin Raffauf, CA, USA
Report Number 1352
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii,  Cayman, Cozumel, Bonaire, Australia, Palau, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer diving - No deco, if going with Guide, if on your own, you were on
your own  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Plenty of develop shops on Key Largo for photos.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Went with Quiescence due to small boats. They take a max of six divers per
boat. Boats are 30 ft, with shower, but no heads. Most sites are close to
shore, ie reefs and the Benwood Wreck.  The big wrecks, the Duane, Bibb and
Spiegle Grove are about 6 miles off shore right on the edge of the
gulfstream. When there is current, these are advanced dives only. In fact
if you are not an advanced diver, or have made a deep dive in the past 6
months, they make you take a divemaster along ($50 charge). The days we
went, they said were the best in months, with little to no current,
visability of 80 feet, and water temp was 85 -87F

We did three tanks on the Spiegle Grove, an artifical reef sunk last year.
It is some 530 feet long and on its side in 135 feet, with a approx 60 ft
beam, so the shallowest part of the wreck amidships is about 70 feet. There
is some good coral growth already on it, and the wreck was sanitized prior
to sinking, so there are some good swim thru's. We were able to explore the
bridge which is about 95 feet, and traverse the galley area.  There is alot
of fish life, on and in the wreck. Several large Barracuda seem to be
patrolling there all the time.

Quiesence is very good as Keys dive operators go. The people are very
knowledgeable of the sites and area.  A dive master can be hired as an
extra if desired or needed. Rates, without dive master are good,  $65 for
two tanks and weights. Nitrox is also available. The boats are small, but
this keeps the groups small, and it is not a cattle boat operation  like
some of the others there. They have a cooler on board.  you can bring your
own food and drinks if desired, all they provide is water.

The Best Western suites, is an Ok place. two story suite motel with full
kitchen and two baths, located on one of the canals at mile marker 100. The
AC works, but it is a generic hotel, no restaurant or pool or anything
else. There are plenty of decent places to eat in the keys though.
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