6-packs (or close) in Key Largo?

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by GoBlue!, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. GoBlue!

    GoBlue! Manta Ray

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    Hi all,

    We're a group of 4 divers planning a trip to the keys in late May, early June '08. So far, we've done Looe Key for a week (a few years ago) and Marathon Key for several days. In both cases, we went with ops that would pull out from the dock around 8am and took out no more than 6-8 people at a time. This was ideal.

    This year, we're thinking of hitting Key Largo, since we'll have a couple non-divers with us (the grandparents to watch the 1- and 3-year-olds!).

    It seems many of the Key Largo operators have large boats that take > 20 divers out at a time. Some also have a smaller boat, but I've gotten burned once before when I jumped on a 6-pack and found that it just followed the cattle boat out to the same site to dump everyone in the water at once! So, I'd like recommendations.

    Thanks!
    Jim
     
  2. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Orca

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    Hms Minnow and Bluewater Divers are excellent ops with no more then 6-10 passengers
     
  3. DennisW

    DennisW Great White

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    Quiescence only takes out 6 packs.
     
  4. tedj01

    tedj01 Scuba Instructor

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  5. Kamchatka

    Kamchatka Nassau Grouper

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    First pick: HMS Minnow - 27' 6-pack. With four divers you'll own the boat. The captain will get you where you want VERY quickly. And pleasantly. If you're not sure he'll make recommendations based upon conditions and divers druthers and abilities, not fuel consumption. You'll get to the sites first and be back to the dock quickly (without cutting short your S.I.). (AND, he has Capri Suns!)
    Quiescence also has a good rep. They're a little further from the dive sites due to being on the bayside.
    Scuba Do has a 34' boat that takes ten max. Only been out with them once since the new owners took over but they were OK.
     
  6. krawdady

    krawdady Surface Interval Member

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    I have been out with Quiessence a number of times and I have always been happy with them.
     
  7. fisheyeview

    fisheyeview Divemaster

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    The Minnow, Bluewater & Quiessence are all good ops.
     
  8. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    In addition to the previously mentioned ops (which are all good ops), Cristal Clear Charters has a six-pack available as well, a 28' Pro Sports catamaran that cruises at 40 knots in calm seas. You need three to reserve it (ask for Captain Pete).
     
  9. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Everytime I have gone out with Amy Slates, they have taken out the big boat with no more than 8 people....It was great, huge boat, plenty of room and space to get in and very fast exits.....

    Im not sure if that is the norm as I dont live there, but it was great having the big boat with a small group! Have a great time, I love the Keys!!! :D
     
  10. mike_s

    mike_s Blue Whale

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    I've been on great trips with them, and some that were a real bust and "never again"

    If their owner is driving the boat that day, pack your gear back up and head back to the car. Trust me, you'll be thankfull. All he did is whine the entire time we were on the boat.


    If you can get Capt Steve or Capt Mike, you'll have a great trip though.
     
  11. scubaguy655

    scubaguy655 Barracuda

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    I've got to put another vote in for HMS Minnow. Jeff runs a great operation and is great to dive with! As stated before, with 4 people it will be like a private charter.

    Blue Water is good as well....no experience with the others mentioned.
     
  12. GoBlue!

    GoBlue! Manta Ray

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions.

    For those who haven't heard, Capt. Mike (Quiescence) died in a free-diving accident Oct. 5th. How tragic. Info on their website.
     
  13. GoBlue!

    GoBlue! Manta Ray

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  14. jrc

    jrc Nassau Grouper

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    I've used SW several times and had a great time. Capt. AJ and the rest are very nice people.
     
  15. Jupiter31

    Jupiter31 Surface Interval Member

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    HMS Minnow hands down!

    You wil not be sorry
     
  16. dontaskme

    dontaskme Divemaster

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    I just got back on Sunday, from key Largo, 5 people in our party, 3 days, 13 dives, we never had more than 8 divers on the boat !!!
    WE HAD A BLAST.............we used Conch Republic Divers. Brenda and her staff are great !!!!! ( Jim, Clint, Dean and Leo ). All I know is that I am going back and doing it all over again next year, the only thing I would change is add another day of diving.
     
  17. CLEAR BLUE

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    I guarentee that that is not always the case. I,ve been there when the boat was packed and also have had dives canceled so they could take out a boat full of snorkelers! - TWICE!
     
  18. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Surface Interval Member

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    Amy Slade's is the poster child for cattle boat.

    I counted 46 on the boat one Saturday morning!
     
  19. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Surface Interval Member

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    I agree - this operator would be (is) my first choice in the Key Largo area.
     
  20. Valwood1

    Valwood1 Barracuda

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    Bluewater Divers is a good op. I've been with Brent and Glenn on several occasions, and always felt that they did a great job.
     

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