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Dive Review of Island Ventures in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Island Ventures, Nov, 2011,

by Melissa S. Drapeau, NH, US ( 1 report). Report 6324.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Playa del Carmen (Cenotes), Akumal, Sea of Cortez & Cabo Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas, Tobago, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Cocos (Costa Rica) Lake Champlain, VT. Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes or 750 psi at safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments separate rinse tank for cameras, no shore facilties

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Island Ventures was the best outfit I have been with. Their motto is "Stress Free" diving and they live up to it. We dove the Spiegel Grove with the owner and a dive master. They took us through multiple levels of penetration of this amazing wreck - showing us areas we likely would never have ventured to on our own. They did this because they are as excited about diving as we are and that is so refreshing to find in this industry of burned-out divemasters who are just looking for the next tip. My husband is only OW certified but a very competent diver and they considered his ability, rather than certification level, when planning our SG dive. The seas were kicked up while we were in Key Largo but IV made it worth while. I would recommend anyone considering diving in Key Largo look up Island Ventures.
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