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Dive Review of Its a Dive/Marriott Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

Its a Dive/Marriott Key Largo, Jun, 2006,

by Ian Kennedy, California, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 2560.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had three days of diving in Key Largo at the end of June. I stayed at the Marriott in Key Largo and dove with Itís a Dive who are located at the Marriott. Although the name doesnít send too promising, the operation was reasonable. Generally, there were about 12 to 14 people on board, although the third day when we went to the Spiegel Grove there were only six people. On the first day, a Sunday, some fairly severe thunderstorms rolled in while we were under the water. I was looking around to see who had the giant strobe on their camera Ė it was actually lightning. Fortunately, nobody was electrocuted. The first day, we went diving on the wreck of the Benbow and then on Elbow reef. Those were shallow dives to a maximum of about 35 feet. I had plenty of air left by the time our allotted time of 60 minutes was up. The second day, we went to the wreck of the City of Washington and to French Reef. The City of Washington was probably the nicest site that we visited. There was a large grouper under the boat, weighing a couple of hundred pounds, and a few nurse sharks at the bottom. On the third day we went to wreck of the Spiegel Grove. I have been diving on the wreck twice before, on both occasions the wreck was on its side. On this occasion, it was upright, thanks to the intervention of Hurricane Dennis a year ago. It was interesting to see the ship in the upright position with the superstructure where it should be. We explored the bow of the ship down to about 100 feet, working our way out over the superstructure to gain a little extra bottom time. There was a bit of current at depth, as can be seen in the photo of the flag flying on top of the ship. As usual, this was nice easy Florida diving.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Australia, N. Z., California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive time
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 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat
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