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Dive Review of Scuba-Do/Marina Del Mar in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Melissa Good, FL, USA
Report Number 2649
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fort Lauderdale, Hawaii, Catalina Island, Belize, St.Thomas, Tortola, New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One Hour, 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated bucket on the boat. No real dry space to open or use cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
This was my first time diving in Pennekamp Marine Park - pretty sad since I
live in Miami. We made arrangements for two afternoons of boat diving with
Scuba-Do. Laurie does the arrangments via email, was very friendly and
helpful, and remained very friendly and helpful throughout the dive. 
We stayed at the Marina Del Mar, right at the Marina that Scuba-Do ties up
in along with a number of other scuba and snorkle operations. The marina
also has the boat African Queen moored there (from the movie) which is an
interesting five minutes study. They have glass bottom boats, which was a
good pick for our non-diving friend to see what she was missing. The hotel
had decent service, and the rooms were well laid out and good for families
with a kitchen and pull down Murphy beds. We picked it because it was dog
friendly - my Labrador liked the room as well. 
Diving in Pennekamp was wonderful. The first day we were the only two
divers on the boat but they took us anyway. Weather was windy, and the seas
were choppy but the viz was fine and we saw a number of turtles as well as
the usual tropical suspects. The coral was mostly benches and undercuts,
but it was full of life and the fish let you get very close to take
Second day of diving was flat calm and wonderful. Excellent viz, large swim
through coral formations. I was the first one in the water and as the
bubbles cleared I was about face to face with a black tip reef shark, who
had a buddy, and a couple of nurse friends swimming around below.  Nice
fish life, nice viz, nice weather.
Scuba-Do is a small operation, but I liked them a lot. The dive briefings
were excellent, the captain/divemaster Tony was as helpful as you needed
him to be, the fills were all over 3000. They had water on the boat and a
cooler - you bring everything else. You sit on the back deck and they bring
your tank and BC over to you, get in, fall over. They help you out, and
change your tanks over. Nice dual ladders to get out with, take your fins
off first. My friend had a brand new mask - Laurie spent our hour surface
interval working it over to kill the fogging and it worked. Good team, nice
boat, great experience. 
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