Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo

Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Sea Dwellers is a Key Largo SSI & PADI Dive Center and Resort Facility located in the Florida Keys. Since 1974 Sea Dwellers has been your dive and snorkel center in Key Largo, offering Dive & Stay Hotel Packages with the Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort; Your boat is just steps from your room! Daily dive and snorkel charters, 5-Star Scuba Instruction for all members of the family. Scuba Dive Pennekamp Park and the Key Largo Marine Sanctuary of the Florida Keys.
Key Largo, Florida
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(39 reviews)
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Andy H
19 contributions
Jun 2022
Was down in the keys for about 9 days, and was able to dive with Sea Dwellers 5 of those. First three days were with my dad. We had Captains Jeff and Russell and Nick was working the deck. They were all super patient with everyone on the boat and made sure everyone was safe and well informed. It is funny to read reviews about how this operation or others "kept the dives too shallow." That is where most of the reefs are. I saw more fish in 20 feet of water than I have a lot of places. Yes, we dove the Spiegel Wreck and it was fantastic and deep, but that dive site is one of the exceptions. The second set of days were with a friend of mine who has thousands of dives. We were down here for some work and had the chance to fit in more diving. We had Jeff and Russell at the helm again, and Nick and Hailey on deck. No dive site repeats, and everything was great. I don't really ever mention to shops or in reviews that I'm a dive instructor (trainer), because it really isn't that relevant. But in reading some recent reviews, I feel like it adds some important context to my comments. First, these aren't cattle boats. Even on days the boats were full, nothing was packed in uncomfortably. Next, they were prepared for everything. People showed up with incomplete or broken gear and they had solutions on the dock and on the boat. And most important, the operation is safe. Like, noticabally safe. The only challenges we had on my five days were a result of a customer not listening to the very clear instructions, or reading the very thorough email that was provided at booking. In my experience, a good day on a dive boat is 50% the operation and 50% the other divers. Given the inherent challenges with that reality, the weather, and the nature of last minute bookings (myself included), this team does a great job. Carol and Daphne handled my bookings and itinerary changes in the office. Oh, and when another diver in our group dropped a fin while getting back on the boat (on the deep wreck), Jeff and Nick radioed another boat that was about to start the dive and coordinated the recovery and return of the fin to the shop later that evening. Zero hesitations about recommending Sea Dwellers.
Written June 27, 2022
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Mark S
Chicago3 contributions
Apr 2022
I just completed Open Water Diver Certification with Sea Dwellers and with Emily as my instructor. She was just what I needed - amazing! Emily guided me through the pool instruction first, mainly learning basic skills. Then we moved to the actual diving sessions where she was the perfect person for me - totally tuned into my questions and all my reactions when in the water. Emily made me feel very safe and she helped me to build confidence and to stay calm and in control while diving. I strongly recommend using Sea Dwellers and if get Emily as your instructor, you will enjoy the entire process!
Written April 13, 2022
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Stevepredfan
Nashville, TN157 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I have dove with Sea Dwellers twice now, but this was the first time I've brought a group down to dive with them. From my first communication with Amber, to the dives with Dean and Nick the experience was first class. I myself am a Dive Master and I brought a group of nine divers down to Key Largo from Nashville TN this past week. The prices were fair and Sea Dwellers did everything they could to accommodate every request we had.

The shop personnel book our group reservations with the Holiday Inn and took care of all needs. Every one at the shop was easy to work with, provided great communication and took the time to customize our dives based on the skill level of our group!

The Sea Dwellers III dive boat has recent been overhauled adding a ton of space for our gear and even with a full boat was comfortable to prepare our gear and dive from. Dean our captain for three days choose distinctive dive sites with a ton of variety in both terrain and sea life. He was knowledgeable about the sites and gave me great information to navigate our dive tours. Nick the First Mate was extremely helpful and always ready to support my divers.

The reefs off Key Largo are in relatively healthy and have a ton of marine life.

We are already looking forward to our next trip and we'll definitely be working with the crew at Sea Dwellers!
Written June 17, 2021
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We're glad you chose us to bring your group down to! We work to provide an accommodating experience and cater to the individuals on our boats. We also love our remodeled Sea Dweller III boat :) and are glad that you can share in that appreciation! Our crew is prepared to inform and provide service to all our customers. Thank you for coming to see the reefs with us. We look forward to your future visits!
Written July 7, 2021
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Kelsey L
Springfield, TN2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Kinda regret going. We booked a trip to go to see the Christ statue but they took us the the French reef and a nursery instead. They never did say why we didn’t go. My husband went scuba diving and they said he had to pay for a guide to be his buddy which was fine since we thought he was the only scuba diver. We got on the boat and there was 8 other scuba divers. His “guide/buddy” ended up showing all the scuba divers where to go and never really stayed with my husband. So we basically payed $69 to give a nice tour to all the scuba divers to follow. The boat rocked so bad that all the snorkelers were sea sick and most threw up or passed out.
We did get to see some cool fish and the guide pointed out a stingray and turtle so that was nice. Also the Russell and the girl (sorry I don’t remember your name) were very nice, funny and helpful!
Written July 9, 2022
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Odyssey408838
MANCHESTER4 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
I recently booked an afternoon snorkeling trip with this company for 3 of us in our mid 60s. Only one of us had experience with snorkeling . Katie and Doug were very instructive and helpful in encouraging our first outing of this kind and kept a careful eye on everyone. The two areas we were taken to gave us great views of the coral reef and many varieties of fish. The entire trip from start to finish was very enjoyable and I would not hesitate to recommend this to others. An added bonus of booking with Sea Dwellers is that they provide quality free equipment for snorkeling. My only suggestion is that they give more complete instructions as to how to find the boat!! Otherwise, a great experience!!!
Written April 13, 2021
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So glad you were able to have a good evening with us! I do apologize for not giving the best instructions on how to reach the boat sense then we have gotten some maps printed out for easy instructions. We hope you will come back and snorkle with us again in the future we would love to have you back with us!
Written May 4, 2021
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Terry
1 contribution
Jun 2022
The calendar of events on the website stated the afternoon charter would go to the Christ statue. Our boat did not go there, That is something that could be improved for the customers.
We booked our trip in person at Sea Dwellers. We were never told which of the two boats we were on until we were getting ready to board.
Our boat was mostly made up of scuba divers. Only a handful of us were snorkelers. Our charter was definitely more scuba than snorkel friendly, and the two dive sites were extremely close together.
Afterward, we spoke with smokelers from the other boat (which was comprised mostly of snorkelers). They said they had a great experience at their dive sites, which were different from ours.
In future, I would have appreciated more honest input from Sea Dwellers. I'd much rather wait and rebook if the snorkeling boat is full, rather than be packed elbow to elbow on a dive charter so the company can make a few more bucks.
Just so I don't get pegged as a disgruntled customer, several others on the charter shared my views.
If I were a diver, my opinion would probably be different, but as a snorkeling experience, it was a disappointment.
Written July 2, 2022
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BDG00
5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Had an extraordinary time with Sea Dwellers and Allen in particular as a scuba instructor. There were two of us doing our referral checkout dives for PADI OW certification. Allen went above and beyond and we couldn’t have asked for a more effective, dedicated, or kind instructor. One of us was anxious about the experience and Allen is clearly a professional when it comes to putting someone at ease. I could not recommend Sea Dwellers strongly enough as a place to learn to dive.
Written August 31, 2022
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SteveFrom CO
2 contributions
Nov 2021
We went from Colorado to Key Largo complete our SSI open water checkout dives with Sea Dwellers. Sea Dwellers helped us arrange the whole package deal for the checkout dives, certification, hotel (right at the boat) and follow-on dives. It was an easy and smooth experience. Kudos to the entire staff there. The entire staff was friendly, knowledgable and really helpful to us as beginners. We felt really safe.

After certification, we did 4 more open water dives. The crew on board kept an eye on us as we did our first dives without an instructor or guide.

They have great rental gear that was well maintained. It was always waiting for us onboard the boat when we arrived each day and had no issues.

Key Largo has a lot of dives sites that are great for beginners. Beautiful reefs with amazing sea life at 20-40 ft depths. Really easy for us to dive and highly recommended spot to get certified.

For anyone traveling in, Key Largo is only an hour's drive from MIA airport. We stayed at the Holiday Inn which was dockside. Just had to go outside to the boat. The Sea Dwellers office was right behind the hotel, so it could not have been more convenient.

We will definitely be back to dive with them again. Highly recommend!
Written November 6, 2021
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Amanda H
Saint Louis, MO9 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
It was our first dive trip as a family with our newly certified teenager and Sea Dwellers was great. Day 1 the seas were rough so they chatted with us about whether or not to go out, pros and cons, explaining the boarding ladder to our gung-ho kid who has never done a boat dive let alone one in 4 ft seas! We scratched the dive with no penalty. Day 2 we had a good couple of dives on Molasses Reef and Capt Doug and Mate Nick were awesome. Day 3 our son had ear trouble so after trying to descend he instead hung out with cool Capt Travis and let us dive. We cancelled our afternoon dive that day and we were given a rain check with no expiration date to return for another dive. This feels like a small family run business that truly cares about your dive experience and we would highly recommend them!
Written November 27, 2021
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Rick
Fort Lauderdale, FL1 contribution
Aug 2021
It was a day full of excitement, a bit of apprehension; at the end I was happy and tired! The instructor (Rob) was really cool, reassuring but assertive at the same time. I felt safe at all times, and he acted as a perfect host to the reef, introducing us to several exotic forms on life hidden in the waters -it goes to show he's been there multiple times, these fish camouflage so perfectly with the environment! I am very satisfied with the experience. I had to drive twice from 77 miles away because they insisted they needed a medical certificate, yet that is a testimony to how seriously they take everyone's safety. COVID was never a concern, and everyone was accommodated -either us who prefer to wear a mask and those who do not. I recommend this service to all those willing to have this amazing experience for the first time and repeatedly.
Written August 18, 2021
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