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Dive Review of Quiescence/Bayside Resort in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

Quiescence/Bayside Resort, May, 2005,

by Eric Frick, IL, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 1702.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Caribbean, Cozumel, Great Lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 min. max. Return with at least 500 p.s.i.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments A separate camera rinse tank was provided upon request. No other on-boat or on-shore facilities were provided.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Keys represent a good option for a diver looking for reef diving within easy traveling distance from the continental US. Few people would describe the diving as spectacular. Key Largo offers lots of topside diversions. Conditions & travel times from the dock to the divesites are often challenging for inexperienced boat divers.

This represents my 5th visit to Quiescence and it continues to be a good operation. Their three 6-diver boats are comfortable but do not feature heads. Boat captains are helpful and very knowledgeable. You are, however, on your own underwater since they do not dive with you. A reservations mix-up meant that it appeared that we would not get to dive one afternoon. The 3' to 4' seas prompted some of the divers to elect not to go out leaving room for me on the boat. The mix-up was uncharacteristic for Quiescence.

Bayside (make reservations for a hotel/dive package through Quiescence) is a suitable choice and is approx. 3 miles away from Quiescence. The continental breakfast is nothing more than coffee, o.j., apples & small danish.
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