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Dive Review of Amoray Divers/Amy Slate's Amoray Inn in
The Continental USA/Florida Key Largo

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Dean K Knudson, mn, US
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Report Number 971
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Mexico, Midwest US
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
69   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat within one hour, every diver required to have a timepiece
and pressure gauge  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
This is a well designed and very pleasant appearing resort. The rooms are
large and clean, the small kitchen units work well, and most of the rooms
are far enough off of the main road to offer privacy and low noise levels.
The resort is supposed to look like a large spread out carribean villa.
Most of the rooms are within a 45 second stroll to a locked equipment cage
that guests can store gear within. Maid service is unobtrusive and
complete. Within 30 steps of the equipment room is the large catamaran dive
boat. There is a spit of land that extends out into the bay with a couple
of tiki style thatched huts, and it's a pleasant place to have a beer and
watch the sky and the occaisional dolphin swimming by. 
The web site suggests that there is a hot tub or spa on the property, and
that's not true, it was removed due to some zoning or safety issue. That's
really too bad, this place could really use a spa. It's too cold in the
winter months to regularly use the pool.
 It's possible to get excellent deals on rooms in the winter, but buying a
diving/room package in advance is a gamble. Winter diving in the Keys is
very hit and miss, a northern cold front can wipe out the diving for days
in a row.
 Water temps in mid winter in the keys are chilly. When the resorts are
advertising 74 to 78 degree water temps, one can expect the actual temp to
be 2 to 3 degrees lower. I was cold the first day, but was toasty warm the
following three days as a result of renting a very large full sleeve upper
half suit which I rented ($6 per day), and wore over my 5/4/3 full suit. I
also used a beanie. I recorded a bottom temp of 69F one diving day. Plan to
bring a windbreaker or polarguard sweater for the trip out and back. 
The boat is a catamaran style cattleboat which is spacious and 25% full on
weekdays and packed to the gills on weekends. There are five exit points,
so all 20 to 25 divers on the packed boat get off and on within a
reasonable period of time.  This is, by and large, a beginner's boat, with
the usual newbie chaos and admirable enthusiasm. I was suprised when one
certified diver confessed that she didn't know that she needed a watch or
timepiece to scuba dive, and hadn't brought one on the boat. I felt sorry
for her, and loaned her my spare. No good deed goes unpunished, she
returned it with a scratched crystal, but I didn't have the heart to point
this out to her, as she was gushing with excitement about diving "out
in the real ocean". 
I picked this boat and resort as a means to entice a friend who hadn't
dived in 15 years to join me. It worked well. Most of the dive sites are 30
feet or less in depth, and the marine park status of the keys has led to a
large quantity of fish, eels, small rays and lobster in the area. All in
all, not an unpleasant diving experience, but, let's face it, Cozumel it
 The catamaran won't go out if there are large waves, and divers are
directed to other boats in the neighborhood. One of the boat captains was a
very pleasant man and an excellent host. Another was irritable and short
tempered, and actually got into an argument with one of the dive shop staff
right on the dock, in front of assembling customers. I had no major
complaints about the staff overall.
 This resort would be an ideal location to introduce a non-diving
husband/wife or partner to the sport, more so if that individual were
uncomfortable with foreign travel. There is a breakfast offered, included
in the price, but it is simply cereal, milk, toast, coffee and inexpensive
juice near the dive boat. Fine, but nothing special. Hobo's restuarant,
next door to the hotel, is the locals' hangout, and serves a fine lunch and
dinner, cheaply.
 On Friday and Saturday nights the "world famous tiki bar" 20
minutes down the road has live music in a big open air covered bar, and is
worth the drive. There are dozens of restuarants up and down the road, the
captain and staff can steer you to what you might be looking for. There is
a Publix supermarket a three minute drive up the road, and a large discount
dive equipment shop five minutes down the road. Shell World, also five
minutes down the road, is one of the best tourist traps in the Southern
United States, and is chock full of all of the useless tidbits that grade
school kids love, including shells, pirate flags and nautical toys. I
scored a hawaiian hula girl fringed lamp there that I am certain my wife
will let me take out of the garage and into the downstairs bar within five
years if I keep begging.
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