Ocean Divers Inc.
They say if you want to know the quality of a business, ask for references, and Ocean Divers, a PADI Five-Star IDC and National Geographic Dive Center in Key Largo, Florida, is outstanding. For one, the readers of Florida Monthly magazine have voted Ocean Divers "Florida's Best Dive Shop" seven years in a row.
In a way, that's unsurprising because Ocean Divers is in its fourth decade of setting new standards for customer service and getting things right. It starts when you park in its spacious lot and continues as you check in and either stow your gear or get outfitted with completely up-to-date SCUBAPRO rental equipment. You won't travel hungry, because the Galley restaurant is available for breakfast and dinner. If you're nitrox-certified, Ocean Divers has more than 12,000 cubic feet of nitrox. And when you depart for the reefs five miles offshore in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, you'll do so in comfort on one of two 46-foot custom dive boats, each equipped with easy-to-use ladders, a camera rinse barrel, dry storage, a photo table, marine heads and freshwater showers.
Located in the "Dive Capital of the World," Ocean Divers visits not just dive sites--they're bona fide Florida Keys legends. This is your chance to log world-famous dives like Molasses Reef, Elbow Reef and outstanding, diver-friendly wrecks such as the Spiegel Grove or the Coast Guard cutter Duane--and all in the clearest water in the Florida Keys.
In addition to being one of the best-equipped stores and charter operations in the Southeast, Ocean Divers can handle all of your scuba-education needs. Regardless of whether you're looking for a Scuba Review or an advanced certification, or if you've decided to go pro, Ocean Divers can train you at every level through PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Key Largo also offers budget-friendly resorts, making it a great vacation destination for families. The adventure of the Florida Keys and a dive operation that's set up to do it all--the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Ocean Divers--just might be Florida diving's unbeatable combination.
Accommodations: Stay and Dive packages at Marina Del Mar Resort
Amenities: PADI Five-Star Instructor Development Center, PADI Career Development Center, National Geographic Dive Center, large retail store featuring SCUBAPRO, full rental gear