Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of SCUBA-Do & HMS Minnow/Holiday Isle in
The Continental USA

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Lavonas, NC, USA
Report Number 807
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Provo, Australia, Bimini, Bermuda, USVI, BVI, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
SCUBA-Do: 60 minutes & 500 PSI. Computer required on USS Spiegel Grove.
HMS Minnow: 500 PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Separate camera table & rinse bucket
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
3 days of diving in Key Largo - 2 with SCUBA-Do, 1 with HMS Minnow.

SCUBA-Do: Boat accomodates 16 divers but carries max 10. Excellent physical
layout. Laurie is enthusiastic to a fault - make sure you have logbook w/
deep dives if you want to dive local wrecks with SCUBA-Do! Excellent site
briefings. Tony and Laurie are quietly safety-conscious and do lots of
little things to keep things smooth. Extremely professional outfit. Highly
recommend diving on the Spiegel Grove, but get there early to avoid crowds.
(SCUBA-Do leaves 30 mins earlier than other boats for this reason.)

HMS Minnow: Much smaller boat (6 divers max). Dove the Duane - an even
better site than Spiegle Grove b/c it's upright. We had 4 divers - it would
have been a little tight with a full boat. Jeff Jarvis is laid-back and
efficient. Nice little touches like oranges between dives & beverages
(water, soda, & beer) for the ride home.

We liked both operations a lot, and recommend both without hesitation.
Definately good to avoid the cattle boats & dive with these guys.

Holiday Isle resort (Islamorada): Rooms OK, resort overall a bit shabby.
Tiki-bar was loud and a bit of a meat-market. At least on the weekend, it's
not the place to sip beers in peace. Ollie's restaurant mediocre food &
service. Overall 2 stars.

Safety/courtesy problem observed: Another dive boat (Silent World) moored
right on top of the bubbles of our divers doing their safety stop on the
Spiegel Grove. When our captain politely pointed this out and asked Silent
World to shorten their mooring line for the safety of his divers, the
captain of Silent World refused and became visibly angry & profane.
Would absolutely avoid Silent World.
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 553 dive reviews of The Continental USA and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

All The Continental USA Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to The Continental USA
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Want to assemble your own collection of The Continental USA reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.