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Jethroish
09-06-2007, 21:27
Going in Oct. I know everyone will say 'dive the spiegel.' That aside, what are the not to be missed dives? Also, what about lesser known/used spots that are worth seeing? We will be making 6 dives.
Thanks

BusDiver
09-06-2007, 21:31
Use a six pack (I suggest hms minnow or pleasure diver) and then you get to choose where you go. The big charters will hit the well known sites (i.e. molasses, which is a great dive). The 6 packs will also get you to the sites before anyone else.

I suggest staying at Kwama Yacht Club for $125 a night. Search this site for a girl name Becky who rents a handful of 2 bedroom condos down there.

ReefHound
09-06-2007, 21:49
For at least one of your reef dives go to Snapper Ledge, most fish in one spot I've ever seen.

Black-Gorrilla
09-06-2007, 22:22
For at least one of your reef dives go to Snapper Ledge, most fish in one spot I've ever seen.

i was just gonna sugest this. was there this past weekend... wow. just huge yellow clouds. tons of snappers (yellow tail) saw some little rays also. very nice spot.

i personally suggest doing molasses reef, just cause it's so nice and full of life. lots of diversity. and if not that, then Dry rocks.

Jethroish
09-07-2007, 08:02
Thanks for the replies. We are currently booked at the Bayside Cay Club and diving with Cristal Clear. I was told that since we were the first to book for our days, we get to call the dives and they will show those dives on the books should anyone else call.

BusDiver
09-07-2007, 08:09
I was told that since we were the first to book for our days, we get to call the dives and they will show those dives on the books should anyone else call.[/QUOTE]


Then choose them ASAP and make sure they plan them. A lot of charters will only go to the Spiegal on certain days. It is an advanced dive that others on your charter may be opposed to doing. Snapper rocks. I like to dive French when I am down there. Molassess is a must but your charter will go there anyways.

Consider going smaller. I like charters that leave harbor by 8 am. I have come up from my first dive just in time to see people do a giant stride off their boat for their first swim. It makes a difference. Nothing like swimming in a body of water with no one else.

DennisW
09-07-2007, 08:37
The Benwood is one of my favorite dives as well. It's shallow and you can stay down a while. The wreck is scattered about because it was blown up by the coast guard back in the 40's, but the sea life is fantastic.

The Eagle is my favorite wreck in the keys. It's a great dive.

Have a good time and post a trip report.

Capt Hook
09-07-2007, 09:40
Crayfort, not alot of divers go there.

Jethroish
09-07-2007, 11:32
Thanks for all the info. Please keep it coming.
This will be our first time diving there, so it will be hard to disappoint me.
So far all I have scheduled is the Benwood and Christ statue.

BSea
09-07-2007, 11:37
I don't know what you like, but for wrecks, I like the Duane, and the Eagle. Look for goliath groupers on the Duane.

BobArnold8265
09-07-2007, 12:06
We went to Key Largo last year and stayed at Amy Slate's Amore. Nice room, top notch staff and some great diving. They have a couple of rooms that are right next to the boat dock. Nice to practically throw your gear on the boat from your front door !!!!

As for dive sites, I enjoyed the Benwood much more than the Speigel. Lots more sealife there.

Jethroish
09-07-2007, 12:15
Did a little more research on the sites suggested here. For 5 of the 6 dives we are going to: Benwood, Christ of the Abyss, French Reef, Molasses Reef, and City of Washington. The 6th will be a surprise.
Since neither of us are AOW certified, we are not diving the Duane or Spiegel. That's fine though.

Black-Gorrilla
09-07-2007, 12:30
I was told that since we were the first to book for our days, we get to call the dives and they will show those dives on the books should anyone else call.


Then choose them ASAP and make sure they plan them. A lot of charters will only go to the Spiegal on certain days. It is an advanced dive that others on your charter may be opposed to doing. Snapper rocks. I like to dive French when I am down there. Molassess is a must but your charter will go there anyways.

Consider going smaller. I like charters that leave harbor by 8 am. I have come up from my first dive just in time to see people do a giant stride off their boat for their first swim. It makes a difference. Nothing like swimming in a body of water with no one else.[/quote]

i've been to mollases reef with a boat of 38 people (24 divers) and there was 2 other charters there with about 30 divers each, and over 2 separate 50 minute dives i barly ran into anyone underwater... (not counting the countless little boats with 2-4 divers each)

ReefHound
09-07-2007, 12:32
That's fine. Reef diving is fun, you'll get more BT anyway. The wrecks will be there next year. You're gonna have a blast.

Black-Gorrilla
09-07-2007, 12:41
That's fine. Reef diving is fun, you'll get more BT anyway. The wrecks will be there next year. You're gonna have a blast.


that is true... the wrecks will be there for a while... not like they can pull their anchors up and leave.

edge900rr
09-16-2007, 17:37
we are going at the end of oct. got a great deal with our local DM 300 bucks for 6 2 tank dives.

Fri
Morning: City of Washington & French Reef
Afternoon: Benwood & Molasses Reef
Night: Molasses Reeg

Sat
Morning: Duane & Spiegel Grove
Afternoon: Snapper Reef & Crocker Reef

Sunday
Morning: French Reef & Molasses Reef
Afternoon: Crocker Reef & Crocker Reef

Never been there so I can't wait....my wife and I will be completing our AOW there.

WV Diver
09-16-2007, 18:39
Be sure to do the City of Washington in the morning. There is a rather large Goliath Grouper there named Bruiser and a handful a friendly, curiuos nurse sharks that only seem to be there in the mornings.

edge900rr
09-16-2007, 18:48
sweet...that is the first one we are doing. we get to the boat at 7am on friday morning.

WV Diver
09-16-2007, 18:53
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r218/Wizard41/Key%20Largo%202007/IMG_8360Bruttus.jpg

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r218/Wizard41/Key%20Largo%202007/IMG_8349BruttusandJanetC.jpg
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r218/Wizard41/Key%20Largo%202007/IMG_8367Bruttus.jpg

WV Diver
09-16-2007, 18:55
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r218/Wizard41/Key%20Largo%202007/IMG_8284Barracuda.jpg

I almost forgot, Physco is there too.

WV Diver
09-16-2007, 18:55
Here is one of the nurse sharks.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r218/Wizard41/Key%20Largo%202007/IMG_8352NurseShark.jpg

BobArnold8265
09-16-2007, 21:33
I really liked the Duane and Benwood much better than the Speigel. There was much more sea life around both of those wrecks.

CrzyJay456
09-17-2007, 17:15
nice pics WV Diver

reservecops
09-18-2007, 14:12
Anybody ever dive with an Op called "Sea Dwellers" out of Key Largo?

edge900rr
09-19-2007, 10:53
sweet picture....I can't wait for our trip!

WV Diver
09-19-2007, 11:13
sweet picture....I can't wait for our trip!
I can't wait for your trip report. :smiley20:

Buoyant1
09-19-2007, 11:29
Molasses Reef and the Benwood are great dives! I'm going down in November and hoping to get on the City of Washington, and possibly the Duane...

ScubaJenn81
09-19-2007, 12:46
Christ of the Abyss can be quite over crowed. Benwood was nice and lot os sealife. There is a lighthouse pretty far out (can not remember the dive site name) but it is not visited very often since it is a bit of a hike out there. That means no other boats and great coral.

CrzyJay456
09-19-2007, 13:00
Christ of the Abyss can be quite over crowed. Benwood was nice and lot os sealife. There is a lighthouse pretty far out (can not remember the dive site name) but it is not visited very often since it is a bit of a hike out there. That means no other boats and great coral.


there is aways tons of snorkelers there, as well as a hand full of divers.

WV Diver
09-19-2007, 13:19
It is true that the Christ Statue is overcrowded most of the time and that there are indeed alot of snorkelers there but I think it is a good experience to do it once at least. Here is the main attraction.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r218/Wizard41/Key%20Largo%202007/IMG_7721ChristStatue.jpg

ScubaJenn81
09-20-2007, 07:02
Christ of the Abyss can be quite over crowed. Benwood was nice and lot os sealife. There is a lighthouse pretty far out (can not remember the dive site name) but it is not visited very often since it is a bit of a hike out there. That means no other boats and great coral.


there is aways tons of snorkelers there, as well as a hand full of divers.


Oh, that stinks. Maybe we just lucked out the day we were there, we were the only ones.

Jethroish
09-21-2007, 06:29
Christ of the Abyss can be quite over crowed. Benwood was nice and lot os sealife. There is a lighthouse pretty far out (can not remember the dive site name) but it is not visited very often since it is a bit of a hike out there. That means no other boats and great coral.


there is aways tons of snorkelers there, as well as a hand full of divers.


I am hoping that going mid-week in Oct that the number of people there will be minimized.

Brewer
09-22-2007, 12:14
We will be there Oct. 17-24 and are staying at Ocean Point resort. We are diving weth Fla. keys dive center anyone had any experience with them?