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Dive Review of Quiescence Diving Services/Bayside Inn Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Patrick Wikstrom, NC, USA
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Report Number 4795
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas; Belize; Bikini Atoll; Bonaire; California; Cancun; Cayman Brac;
Little Cayman; Cocos Isl; Costa Rica; Cozumel; Dominica; Dominican
Republic; Florida- (springs, west coast, keys); Galapagos; Indonesia;
Massachusetts; NC;  Palau; Puerto Rico; Roatan; Saba; Socorro; South
Africa; St. Kitts; Thailand; Truk; Turks & Caicos; TVA lakes; Yap;
Yucatan Caves;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
come up with 500 psi, no deco diving, 2nd dive 1hr max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Key Largo - Quiescence Diving Services & Bayside Inn

Our three days of diving Key Largo w/ Quiescence was a pleasant easy diving
experience. Their shop at MM 103 on the overseas hwy has three six pack
boats directly behind the shop making for easy gear loading. Boats were
adequate for six folks but in the 5 to 6ft seas on the last day folks
started chumming and there wasnt enough space under cover to keep everyone
out of the sea spray. Private dock has gear rinse tank, fish cleaning
station, two outdoor showers, and covered picnic tables. Capt John, a life
long Keys native had wonderful stories to tell of the early days in the
Conch Republic and provided friendly, professional boat trips and dive
briefings. Dive shop had the standard rules of no deep diving without
advanced card & recent deep experience. The only deep sites they do are
the Spiegel Grove, Duane, and under duress the Bibb. Deep reefs further
south and other wrecks are too far for them to bother with. Shop had
changed my site reservations and was offering up three days of the Spiegel
Grove. We got em to at least put a Duane trip back on the agenda. At 510ft
long the Spiegel Grove is an interesting wreck and definitely worth a few
dives. Down about seven years it has a surprising accumulation of coral and
sponge growth, schools of reef fish, Angels, Spadefish, big Cobia,
Barracuda, and Goliath Grouper. There are 8 mooring lines on this wreck and
it can get awful crowded down there when theres a fleet tied up. Lots of
easy penetration throughout the ship with various companionways opening up
multiple decks for exploration. The Duane was still in good shape since Id
last seen it seven years ago. The swirling Barracuda at the crows nest is
still a picturesque vision when seen from below with the sun shining down
through the water column.  Vis on the wrecks was about 60ft water temp 77
with moderate currents. Shallow reef dives Molasses, French Reef, and the
like were still pretty fishy with 25 to 30ft vis. Swaying sea fans,
healthy brain coral and small stands of regenerating staghorn and elkhorn
coral offered hopeful signs amongst the bleached white skeletons of past
reef glory We saw a nurse shark, eagle ray, mating porcupinefish, crabs,
lobster, trunkfish, grunts, goatfish, snapper, copper sweepers in the
swimthroughs, and most of the rest of the Caribbean regulars.

The Bayside Inn Key Largo was a wonderful surprise. Just a couple of miles
down from our diveshop this property had a nice stretch of white sand beach
with two jetties for boats and swimming, a couple of hammocks, swaying palm
trees, a decent pool, and a   great beachside bar next door at Snookss
Restaurant. Their happy hour offered cheap doubles from 5:00 to 7:00
followed by a wonderful sunset overlooking the bobbing sailboats in the
bay. Our room was clean, freshly painted, had a big screen TV,
refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock radio, big bathroom, and all
utilities functioned flawlessly. At $128 per nt including taxes this place
was well worth it. Although we didnt try it until the last night their
award winning asian seafood restaurant Sushi Nami was absolutely fantastic.
The menu was extensive, service superb, and the sauces served with main and
side dishes were spectacular. Giant portions of really fresh sashimi and
sushi were probably the best wed ever had and reasonably priced. Wed have
eaten there every night if wed discovered it sooner.
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