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Dive Review of Key West Dive Center/Crowne Plaza in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Key West Dive Center/Crowne Plaza, Sep, 2014,

by Elizabeth Russell, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7730.

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

Accommodations 2 stars 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We dove the Vandenburg with Key West Dive Center. We met at the dive shop and checked in then they set up our gear while we analyzed our nitrox mix. The divemaster and captain loaded our gear onto the truck and we followed them to the dock where they loaded our gear onto the boat. It was a 20 minute ride to the Vandenburg where we were given a thorough briefing. The divemaster placed a line from the back of the boat to the mooring line so we could follow it down to the wreck. The first dive was mostly on the superstructure of the wreck and we followed her around the area. The visibility was not great but we could see the entire satellite array on the deck. After a one-hour surface interval, in which the operator provided drinks and snacks, we entered for the second dive. This time, we followed her into the wreck, which had many openings so even my claustrophobic buddy had no problem entering. Overall, I thought they did a great job of ensuring everyone's enjoyment of the dives. There were only six divers on the boat that day so we had plenty of room. I like that they set up the gear and took it off the boat when we returned. Key West Dive Center provides a day pass to the yacht club where they dock. This was a great feature since we were driving to Key Largo that afternoon and could shower and change before we left. We rinsed our gear at the dive shop, had lunch, and picked it up on our way out of town. I thought they were a professional group who went out of their way to make the diving easy and enjoyable.
Websites Key West Dive Center   Crowne Plaza

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Florida Keys, Bonaire, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Galapagos, Hawaii, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with guide. First dive to 100', second dive to 90'. Both 20 minutes on the wreck.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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