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Dive Review of Florida Keys Dive Center/Fiesta Key RV Resort in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Florida Keys Dive Center/Fiesta Key RV Resort: "A very pleasant operation but basically very ho-hum diving.", Apr, 2017,

by Samuel B Johnson, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9574 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I was on an RV vacation in the Florida Keys and wanted to sample different dive operations. Florida Keys Dive Center got my business on two different days, among other things because they were willing to go out even when there was some wind and the seas were choppy. Other dive operations in that part of the Keys were more conservative. The whole dive operation is very relaxed, and the people are pleasant. Normally a divemaster does not go into the water with the divers, and there is an additional fee if an accompanying divemaster is wanted or needed. The dive sites we visited were rather ho-hum. Dive sites within the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary are noticeably better, and I suspect the same is true of Pennekamp. Even though the people were delightful, and the dive operation is run smoothly, I would not recommend this operation, since the Marine Parks are simply better diving. (Only after diving with Florida Keys Dive Center, and as I was preparing this report, I learned of the horrific accident in which they were involved in 2011. I saw nothing in 2017 that made me uncomfortable, but the relaxed and joking atmosphere I experienced is consistent with the possibility of being too relaxed, which is how accidents can happen.)
Websites Florida Keys Dive Center   Fiesta Key RV Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Almost all of my diving has been in the Caribbean and Florida. I've dived a half dozen times in California, and once each in North Carolina and the Mediterranean. Caribbean diving includes Dominica, Roatan, Utila, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Saba, Cozumel and Grand Turk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very relaxed atmosphere, but dives were cut short compared to what I would expect to do in such shallow water.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments I was a little surprised that one of the crew tossed my camera to me, once I was i the water, rather than handing it to me to make sure that I had a hand on it before he let go.
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