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KEY LARGO, FLORIDA

Florida's Fragile Coastal Treasure: Snorkel the Coral Reefs

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Warren Lind Mar 17, 2015 at 06:13 PM

I just returned from this trip. FYI: suggest you go on-line and get a map of the Miami Airport and find out where your plan disembarks and where the group is meeting. Also, there is a "people mover" on Level 3 - use it! Regarding the equipment: The Sundiver crew made it clear that they don't want people using junk equipment from COSTCO, Wal-Mart, etc., so if you buy, make sure it is professional equipment. Their snorkels are "high tech" and unlike the ones I used on the Marine Mammal/Manatee trip. I rented a "shorty" wetsuit for $7.50, and 1) it kept me warm, and 2) prevented my back from getting sunburned
DePrator DePrator Mar 17, 2015 at 07:37 PM

Thank you Warren for the heads up on the airport and the equipment. I am hoping the set I have is up to their standards and that the water is warm. will let you know. So looking forward to the coral.


Judy Naden Mar 17, 2015 at 01:18 PM

My husband and I are going on the April 19th trip to Key Largo. We went on a R.S. trip last winter, on a small ship, to Honduras, Belize and Guatemala; and we snorkeled a bit then. We loved it and this is why we chose this trip! I'd love to hear from other people going on the April 19th trip. We are leaving from JFK airport, on Delta's #2190 flight, if - by chance - anyone else will be on this flight. One helpful comment is that on our last trip - where the gear was provided - they had all one-size masks - and they were too big for me (i.e. they allowed water into my face). It was suggested to me by another participant - who was an experienced diver/snorkeler - that I would do better with a child-size mask. So this time, I am bringing my own (I will either rent or buy it; I haven't decided yet).


Warren Lind Feb 12, 2015 at 10:11 PM

I will see you there. This is my first trip to the Keys.


Lillian Oberjohn Feb 08, 2015 at 07:31 PM

I'm going on the March 8 trip. Will the water be clear enough to take underwater pictures using a one-time-use Quick Snap Waterproof Fujifilm camera?
Richard van den Heuvel Feb 17, 2015 at 07:41 PM

Hi Lillian - the captains select the specific reef each trip based on several factors - one of which is water clarity. So you should be fine for pictures. But I should add that I am not a photographer and don't have a clue about the Fujifilm camera that you mentioned. When you get to the dock you can ask the staff about pictures and they'll be glad to guide you. I hope this helps. ---Rick


Warren Lind Jan 29, 2015 at 07:33 PM

Any recommendations re clothing for this trip in early March? I assume that it is warm in Key Largo.
Richard van den Heuvel Feb 17, 2015 at 07:43 PM

Hi Warren - I have simply added Key Largo to the cities included in my weather browser - watch the 10 day forcast as you get closer to your arrival (and also plan for variation because things can always change :) good luck ---Rick
Warren Lind Feb 17, 2015 at 08:20 PM

Good idea; thanks!


Warren Lind Jan 06, 2015 at 05:20 PM

If anyone is going on this trip on March 8th, perhaps we could share a shuttle, as I don't think my flight will arrive in time to catch the 3 p.m. shuttle arranged by RS. I called RS today and there is another service - 'Keys Shuttle' - that runs frequently. So I'm thinking about a 4 p.m. pickup from the airport. Please let me know if you want to share a ride. Thanks!


Richard van den Heuvel Jan 05, 2015 at 09:11 PM

Hi Again Warren - sorry that I didn't notice that you had two posts until after I responded to the first. So - there is no need to reserve a wet suit in advance - they have plenty of them and the staff is great at guiding you according to the weather and water temps - and then fitting you for the right size if you decide to take one out with you. You'll have a great time


Richard van den Heuvel Jan 05, 2015 at 09:03 PM

Hi Warren - We don't go to the statue during the snorkeling trips (I think that it's located a lot closer to shore). Another comment about fish identification. REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation - www.reef.org) is located in Key Largo. They have a dvd called "Reef Fish Identification - Florida, Caribbean Bahamas - A Beginning Course - it is fabulous. The leader the first time I went on this RS program (Estere) showed it to us. I'm not sure that it is still part of the program since Pennycamp has closed their theatre - but you can buy it and it is extremely helpful. (I recommend buying it and bringing it to share with the group if RS no longer 'officially' shows it). Since it displays the fish in motion and gives identification memory aids, it is lots better than a book.


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