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Dive Review of Amoray Dive Resort in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

Amoray Dive Resort, Jul, 2006,

by john_fletcher, AL, USA . Report 2541.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Overseas:Maui, Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Cayman
US:Gulf Shores, AL to Destin, FL, Key Largo, FL and Key West, FL
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None. Only standard 500psi when exiting water and normal "S.O.P".s for experienced divers
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Amoray Dive was "ready to go" for UWPs. Unfortunatley, I was diving without my normal UWP gear. The max. number of divers per trip was 6 with 3+ crew members. So without hesitation, I give them two "thumbs up" for being ready to handle this aspect of diving without reservation.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Q:"Please tell us the good, the bad, and what you wish you had known before you left home.."
A:It was "all good", there was no "bad" and if I had known how diver focused this operation was, I would have made every effort to convince my wife to stay there so I wouldn't have had to deal with commuting my gear around Key Largo!!! Being able to literally step out of your room and onto the boat with all of your stuff ready was very appealing to say the least!!! The personal attention you receive from every member of the Staff and Crew was refreshing because it was really genuine and sincere. I'll put it to everyone who asks this way, it is not a matter of IF I will go back to Amoray Diver Resort but WHEN!!!
Now for the diving itself... Amoray operates in the John Pennecamp Marine Sanctuary. My first dives on 04/10/06 were on Elbow Reef at the Sand Chutes and the City of Washington wreck. The corals and sea fans were plentiful and healthy, the tropicals and blennies were plentiful: butterflys,tangs, angels, jacks, grunts, parrotfish, trunkfish, sgt.majors,etc. On 04/11/06, we went out to French Reef to dive the Hour Glass Reef and the Sand Box Caves. They were covered up with UWP opportunities just like the Elbow Reefs. Both days,I had the pleasure of diving with Patrick McCoy as the DM/Instructor. He was able to handle a newly certified diver and her older family member without cramping my dive plan at all. Go get wet and blow some bubbles with these folks, you won't regret it!! As soon as I can swing it, I'm going back to do the Speigel Grove with them...
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