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Dive Review of Quiescence/Bayside Resort in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Frick, IL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1702
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Caribbean, Cozumel, Great Lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 min. max.  Return with at least 500 p.s.i.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
A separate camera rinse tank was provided upon request.  No other on-boat
or on-shore facilities were provided.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The Keys represent a good option for a diver looking for reef diving within
easy traveling distance from the continental US.  Few people would describe
the diving as spectacular.  Key Largo offers lots of topside diversions. 
Conditions & travel times from the dock to the divesites are often
challenging for inexperienced boat divers.

This represents my 5th visit to Quiescence and it continues to be a good
operation.  Their three 6-diver boats are comfortable but do not feature
heads.  Boat captains are helpful and very knowledgeable.  You are,
however, on your own underwater since they do not dive with you.  A
reservations mix-up meant that it appeared that we would not get to dive
one afternoon.  The 3' to 4' seas prompted some of the divers to elect not
to go out leaving room for me on the boat.  The mix-up was uncharacteristic
for Quiescence.

Bayside (make reservations for a hotel/dive package through Quiescence) is
a suitable choice and is approx. 3 miles away from Quiescence.  The
continental breakfast is nothing more than coffee, o.j., apples & small
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