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Dive Review of Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort, Apr, 2008,

by Mort Rolleston, DC, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4435.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Great Barrier Reef, Sail Rock Thailand, Nassau, Puerto Rico, NC wrecks, St Lawrence River wrecks, Monterrey, Catalina Island.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my third trip to Key Largo, arguably my favorite place to dive to date and I've written about the area in more detail in earlier Chapbooks. As usual: great shallow spur & groove reef diving with tons of schooling fish, good coral, an occasional nurse shark and turtle, and tons of bottom time given the shallow depths.

This time I stayed at a new place: Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort, which proved to be the best yet. Unlike the mediocre chain motels of the area, the Amoray resort is a very pleasant, almost small campus-like place on the side of the Key facing Florida (and the sunset). It is very homey , non-commercial, and lushly planted. The rooms are small apartment duplexes with their own kitchen. It has a pool, a small beach on the waterfront, kayaks, and its own dive operation.

The dive operation was efficient and run by very nice folks. They were very helpful and gave excellent dive briefings. Their only down side was that they imposed one hour dive limits in order to maintain the ability to send boats out twice a day (pretty common of the dive operations there - except Ocean Divers). Because it is on the opposite side of the island as the dive sites, transit time is 20 min or so longer than most of the other operators. However, the trip is very pleasant and goes through some beautiful mangrove forests. In sum, I highly recommend Amoray dive resort as the place to stay in Key Largo - even if you use the other dive operators.
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