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Dive Review of Quiescence Diving Services/Holiday Inn, Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA
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Report Number 3586
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Australia( Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea), Bahamas( Nassau,
Exumas, Walkers Key, San Salvador), Dominica, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos,
Bonaire, Curacao, Cayman Islands( Grand, Brac and Little), Grenada, Niagara
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No depth limits if diving with computer. There were time limits( 20 min. on
Spiegel Grove and 60 min. on other dives).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No camera table but spray hose for rinsing camera after dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
  Holiday Inn is excellent location to stay if you are diving and/or eating
in the Key Largo, Florida area. Rooms are of suitable size and well
maintained( excellent maid service). Nice Tiki Bar on premise and Pub Food
was very good. Very near by is Sharky's( excellent fish upstairs), Coconuts
and across the street, Mrs. Mac's Kitchen( local hangout with reasonably
priced, good food and excellent Key Lime Pie).
  Quiescence Diving Services( MM 103.5) has three boats and limits each to
only six divers. Usually one goes to the Spiegel Grove and the other two go
to the locations requested by those aboard. Boat dock is behind shop and
very convenient parking in back. Captains Steve and Mike were very
accommodating and stressed safety. Showers are on the dock and bathroom at
dive shop. Dive site briefings were excellent( both drawing of reef and
photo of wrecks) , but a dive guide is not put in the water unless
requested and paid for. Boat has fresh water hose and spray nozzle for
rinsing camera and face when you get out of the water. Boat ladder is easy
to use and assistance provided.
  I am not spending time describing the reefs, since the dive books on the
market do an excellent job of that. Fish are very plentiful, but the
shallow reefs still show damage( sand ) from previous storms and
hurricanes. Spiegel Grove is awesome, but beware of currents. Benwood is
excellent shallow water, wreck dive. Visibility is dependent on season and
weather. At the worst it is 25 feet and at the best around 125 feet. After
Labor Day is the slow season.
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