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Dive Review of Horizon Divers/Ramada in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

Horizon Divers/Ramada, Jan, 2006,

by Ron Jyring, ND, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2452.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving ND, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, New Providence Island, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 25 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour or 500 psi (as I recall)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The main purpose of this trip to complete my 12 year old son's open water certification. We have done most of our diving off Key Largo, and have used Horizon Divers most of those times. Their boat is especially suited for new divers: quite stable, spacious, and with relatively short trips to the dive sites. Horizon Divers came under new ownership last year but many of the staff were still their. The quality MAY be a little lower than before. We felt less like guests, and more like customers. Perhaps we just missed the old owners who had spoiled us. We will, however, likely dive with them again.
There was some obvious evidence of hurricane (Wilma) damage: sponges rolling on the bottom, freshly broken pillar coral. However, I was expecting worse. Many good dives.
We stayed at the Ramada for the first time, having stayed at the Best Western Suites during past trips. My wife liked it a lot better: brighter, newer, better breakfast and pool. I had like the extra room and two baths at the BW. Both are a very short walk to Horizon Divers. Book them through Horizon Divers for a good (best?) price.
Incidently, the nearby Tower of Pizza restaurant makes a great post-dive meal.
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