SCUBA and snorkeling, Marathon
Tilden's has a place at Hawk's Cay resort and one in Marathon. It was one of the places recommended to me by someone at the marina (one of the guys who lived on a boat said his girl friend worked there.) I never actually got to dive with them myself.
OPEN 7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm
Tilden’s Scuba Center is a full service dive facility. They also do snorkeling and snuba.
A two tank dive is $44 if you bring all your own equipment.
Equipment: You can rent most equipment from them.
Nitrox Tank $18.00
Weights & Belt $5.00
Regulators & Gauges $15.00
Shorty Wetsuit $7.00
Full Wetsuit $14.00
Open heel fins $7.00
Prescription Mask $12.00
Float Flag $5.00
Dive Light $12.00
Dive Computer $15.00
Snorkel Vest $6.00
The waves were choppy during our snorkel and I was amazed that the pics turned out so well. Even though they still look murky, the snorkeling was crystal clear. We saw an incredible variety of tropical sea creatures.
The Spirit was spacious and smooth. Crew was extremely helpful and a lot of fun. Would definitely go again. They even helped us with the underwater cameras. It was neat having a lighthouse in the snorkel pics.
Equipment: All gear is provided. Wet suits only $6 extra, but you don't really need one. Even offered prescription goggles.
I wanted to go scuba diving, so I asked around. There was a guy named Larry who works at this place, so I went up there to check it out.
I never did go diving - it was always too windy (not good visibility) or the water was too cold or I didn't have a car to get up there. It was about as far as possible from the marina as it was possible to get
Equipment: "Our custom dive boat goes to the reef twice a day. The Reef Hopper has a fresh water shower for refreshing after your dive and a long ladder to assist with your boarding needs.
"Capt. Hook's is a PADI 5 STAR CENTER. We specialize in small groups so you get personal attention and are never rushed. Come dive where you know you will be taken care of. "
The reefs here include sponges, soft coral, and small coral heads that harbor spiny lobster, stone crabs, and tropical fish.