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6-packs (or close) in Key Largo?

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

  1. GoBlue!

    GoBlue! Manta Ray

    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.

  2. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Hms Minnow and Bluewater Divers are excellent ops with no more then 6-10 passengers
  3. DennisW

    DennisW Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    Quiescence only takes out 6 packs.
  4. tedj01

    tedj01 Instructor, Scuba

  5. Kamchatka

    Kamchatka Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New Jersey
    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 Barracuda

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

    fisheyeview Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (The Diving Capital of the Worl
    The Minnow, Bluewater & Quiessence are all good ops.
  8. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Weston, FL
    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

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Plainfield, Illinois, United States
    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 Solo Diver

    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.

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