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Dive Review of Scuba-Do Dive Charters/Best Western Suites in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Curt & Kathy Hofer, MI, USA
Report Number 1878
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grand Cayman Island, Belize, Curacao,
Catalina Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
We are quite surprised that we haven’t seen more reviews for
Scuba-Do Dive Charters in the Chap Book.  Perhaps those that have gone
before us have decided to make sure it remains their little secret.  

Scuba-Do is essentially a two-person operation.  Tony Stewart is the
boat’s captain and Laurie Volpe is the first mate.  They conduct
business right from the boat.  Laurie is the point of contact for
scheduling your dives and she can make reservations for you at a variety of
local hotels at discounted rates.  Quality gear is available for rent. 

The Best Western Suites, recommended by Laurie after a discussion of our
lodging preferences, was a good value.  The rooms are townhouse style with
a common area, full bath, kitchenette, and balcony downstairs, and a
good-sized bedroom with full bath upstairs.  There was adequate closet
space in which to stash our clothes and dive gear.  They have a small pool
that was well kept.  The room rate includes a continental breakfast.   

The Scuba-Do is outfitted specifically for diving.  It has both open and
covered areas with a reasonable amount of space to move around in.  It has
a camera table and a good-sized fresh water rinse bucket.  The boat has a
head and a rinse hose is available with a limited supply of warm water. 
One feature we really liked was the tank retention clips that held the
tanks securely in place by the bottom 1/3 of the cylinder.  This allows a
double strap BC to be slipped over the top and secured without the risks
and inconvenience associated with dislodging the tank – a
blessing on rougher days.  Ten divers can be accommodated conveniently but
during October business can be slow and we went out each day with 3 to 5
divers.  Entry was a giant stride off a platform at the stern; return to
the boat was via a stem ladder back up to the platform.  In general we
loaded and set-up our own gear. 

The Scuba-Do policy regarding site selection is the first group to book the
boat chooses the dive sites, subject to water conditions.  They are one of
the first boats out to the dive sights each morning so they are usually
able to get the prime moorings.  Safety and dive briefings, given by Tony,
are thorough and both Tony and Laurie are up to date on the latest
interesting critter sightings:  our first trip into the water yielded a
visiting reef shark that had been discussed during the briefing.  

The number and variety of fish, coral, sponges, and other reef creatures
found throughout the Pennekamp Marine park is outstanding.  Color and
abundance are the watchwords.  Most dives do not exceed 40 feet in depth so
long bottom times are the rule.
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