FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
We will happily find the perfect package of accommodation, diving and other activities for you. You can find some examples here. Unfortunately, we can't book flights and rental cars for you, since we are "only" a dive center, not a travel agency.
Key Largo is the first island of the Keys, about halfways between Miami and Key West. The drive from Miami to Key Largo is about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Key Largo is the best place to dive from in the Keys, as we have Pennekamp State Park here (beautiful reefs) and 4 excellent wrecks.
Since there is virtually no public transportation in the Florida Keys, we highly recommend renting a car for your stay here. This will make you independent and lets you explore the islands and our attractions on your own schedule.
Key Largo is the ideal place to take your group, be it for diving or all the other activities the Florida Keys have to offer. Especially if you have a mixed group (divers and non-
The reef system of the Florida Keys is the third largest living reef system in the world. The best dive sites can be reached from Key Largo. The reefs here are very well conserved (National Sanctuary) and mostly shallow (15 to 45 feet), ideal for leisurely relaxed diving. We often see large nurse sharks, reef sharks, huge eagle rays, large turtles, Goliath Groupers, Barracudas, and many colorful fishes of all kinds. The wrecks (Spiegel Grove, Duane, Bibb) are deeper dives (80-
The best time of year to go diving in Key Largo is year-
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The dive boats leave twice per day, once in the morning and once in the afternooon (with 2 dives each). The wreck dives are mostly in the morning, as they are always deep dives.
Checkin for the am trip 8:00 (boat leaves 8:30, returns approx.. 12:30)
Checkin for the pm trip 12:30 (boat leaves 1pm, returns approx.. 5pm)
We generally schedule night dives on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The booat goes out to the reef before sunset, and as the sun goes down the divers get into the water. Night dives are a one-
Here in the Florida Keys there is always a Divemaster on board for your safety, but we do not provide free guides. At a very low price, you can book a dive guide (instructor or divemaster) who will take care of you from the minute you set foot on one of our diveboats. Our groups are limited to a maximum of 5 divers, so you can be sure you are getting all the attention you deserve. Our guides are very experienced and safety-
Unguided diving on the reef is US$ 80 per person ($85 on a wreck trip), including boat ride, 2 dives, tanks and weights (excluding rental gear). Guided dives are US$ 35 extra per person. Full rental equipment is $39 per day.
At our dive shop, we work a little differently when it comes to dive packages. You can just dive as much as you like and pay at the end, and we give you the best package price for the dives you actually did.
At the time of booking we will put a $ 50 hold per person on your credit card ($100 for packages). We will only use that hold if you do not show up and do not notify us. Our cancellation policy is 7 days for classes and packages (14 days for private classes), 4 days for guided dives, and 2 days for dives. If you cancel before the policy, we void the hold. You can find our scure booking form here. Upon arrival, you can pay by cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover).
If the conditions allow it, we will be happy to take non-
We sell non-
If you haven't been diving for 1-
The "Advanced Open Water Course" includes some advanced diving theory (no exams) and 5 different dives. Mandatory dives are a deep dive and a navigation dive, and you can pick the remaining three dives from: wreck dive, night dive, boat dive, search & recovery dive, fish id dive, underwater photography, Nitrox dive ($12 extra for Nitrox), peak performance buoyancy dive and several other options. All these dives are with an instructor and lots of fun, so this course is a great alternative to just taking guided dives, and you get a lot of additional experience in different diving situations. You also get a really good book and your certification as an "Advanced Open Water Diver", which means you can then go to 100 feet instead of just 60 feet as an Open Water Diver. More info on the Advanced Open Water course.
To go diving with us, you should bring all your diving certifications, and if possible your log book. We do not require a medical statement from your doctor if you can answer all the questions on the PADI Medical Statement with NO. If this is not possible, please bring a medical statement from your doctor that you are fit to dive.
If you do not own a wetsuit, we'll be happy to supply you with a rental. In the summer, you don't really need a wetsuit -
We will take care of all your rental gear needs! If you bring your own equipment or parts of it, we will make sure you are completely equipped. Our rental gear is new, very well maintained and reliable. We also have weight-
We rent and sell INT adapters at very competitive prices at our dive center. On the wrecks, we highly recommend a safety sausage, and you can rent one from us or buy one at a great price! Back to top
We will be happy to provide you with NITROX (30-
We will be happy to book your hotel room, efficiency or vacation rental for you, and we know all about the local attractions, and will happily organize those for you. You can just come here, lean back and enjoy your vacation! We also offer vacation packages with diving and other activities. Here are some of our hotels and here are some activities and attractions we can help you enjoy.
The Florida Keys are limestone islands, the sandy beaches are all artificial. In Key Largo there are a few beaches in Pennekamp State Park and some resorts have their own beaches, other than that you have to travel south quite a bit, for example to Bahia Honda. Most of our hotels in Key Largo have their own sandy beach.
Here in the Florida Keys the style is very casual, even in better restaurants you will hardly find anything else than shorts and t-
Babysitting for kids aged 1 to 10 is no problem. There is a daycare near the diveshop here that is open Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm (perfect for am as well as pm dive trips). They will take great care of your child and only charge $ 30 per day and child. The child must bring his own lunch, everything else is provided. Please book 1 to 2 days in advance. Credit cards are not accepted.
Prices in the USA are always net, without sales tax. The sales tax in Monroe County Florida is 7.5%. Hotels have an additional room tax of 5%, Hotel tax is thus a total of 12.5%.
If you are happy with the service, everybody appreciates a tip.
The crews on the dive boats main income is tips, so $5 to $10 per person and trip is a good start. The crew divides the tip amongst themselves. Instructors and guides do not participate in the crews' tips, so please tip them separately, about 10 to 20% of the course price ot the guiding fee.
You can rent one of our excellent digital underwater cameras for only $ 40 per trip (2 dives). The price includes a DVD with your pictures and movies. Our cameras are Sealife DC-
The safety of our dive guests is our highest priority, and we do not want any of our divers to be overwhelmed. To dive the Spiegel Grove, the Duane or Bibb and also the Vandenberg (all wrecks with a dive depth of more than 100 ft and mostly lots of current, and thus for very experienced divers), an Advanced Open Water Diver must have logged a dive deeper than 80 feet in the last 6 months. An Open Water Diver must have at least 30 logged dives and also have logged a dive deeper than 80 feet in the last 6 months. Alternatively, both can do guided dives on the reefs first and then go to a wreck with one of our instructors as a guide, if the instructor deems it safe. We also have a beautiful shallow wreck with no current, this is a great way to dive a wreck for a beginner that only has time for one dive trip.
For all dives to the deep wreck, each diver must have a computer and a safety sausage (both can be rented at our store if needed).
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