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Dive Review of HMS Minnow Dive Charters/Holiday Inn Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

HMS Minnow Dive Charters/Holiday Inn Key Largo: "HMS Minnow just keeps getting better", Nov, 2015,

by Elizabeth Russell, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8581.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We have been diving with HMS Minnow for many years and love it. John Garvey runs a great operation. He has made some improvements and now offers tanks of different sizes, including 100CF steel. The boat is a six pack and when full, can be a little crowded but he has room in the cabin for your personal items and has added a few shopping bags so that everyone's stuff is easier to stow and keep separate. We did several dives on the Spiegel Grove and he runs a line from the boat to the mooring line to make descents and ascents easier. John really knows the sites and can pick the best based on conditions. His briefings are very good and he give compass headings so that it's easier to navigate. The only downside is the small boat can be a bit bumpy in rough seas but Dramamine can quell that problem.
Websites HMS Minnow Dive Charters   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Indonesia, Fiji, Thailand, Egypt, Galapagos, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Chuuk, Central America
Closest Airport Miami, Fort Lauderdale Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There is a small rinse bucket on the boat.
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