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Dive Review of Key Largo Dive Center in
The Continental USA

Key Largo Dive Center, Sep, 2011,

by Robert Birdsall, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 6231.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I did a two tank reef dive with this fine operation and was very pleased from start to finish. CLee, an instructor who was manning the shop when I booked, made me feel welcome and patiently and pleasantly answered any and all questions I had., many of which I'm sure she must have to answer over and over and over....a friendly smile and helpful demeanor.

Captain Dean is an experienced and very safety conscious boat captain. His boat briefing was thorough, and dive site briefing was spot on. Moreover, He is just a pleasant, kinda laid back guy who was fun to be around.

Although the boat is fairly large at 36', they run this as a "six pack", limited to six divers. The boat was well equipped with all you would hope to find on a dive boat, including not just one but two DAN emergency O2 kits. Amenities included both a fresh water tank for masks as well as a dedicated tank for cameras. The cooler was full of ice and water bottles, and I was welcome to put my own drinks in as well. After the dive the freshwater shower was another nice feature to rinse off the salt.

The first person to book calls the dive that day, and it was set for Molasses Reef. As often happens in the Keys, there was a pretty good current on Molasses. No problem...Captain Dean took us to a terrific shallow wreck, "The City of Washington" We saw all the usual suspects you'd expect to find on a Key's reef, plus two Goliath Groupers, two Nurse Sharks, a Barracuda and a Green Moray Eel who hung out with us for several minutes. The dive photo opportunities were fantastic!

For the second dive, Dean offered us several choices, and a couple from California really liked the idea of seeing the famous "Christ of the Abyss". I hadn't seen it before and it is a dive that all Key Largo divers should see at least once. In addition to the statue itself, there are many patches of reef surrounding that are worthwhile.

Key Largo Dive Center is located at MM 100.6 bayside in a small strip mall. Look for the large "Tower of Pizza" restaurant sign...Key Largo Dive Center is just a couple doors down.
Websites Key Largo Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on board with 500psi or one hour, whichever comes first
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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