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Dive Review of Amy Slate's Amoray Dive in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jorge More', IL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4307
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, Thailand, Belize, Bahamas, Grand
Cayman, Aruba, Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Maui, Kauai, Cozumel.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational diving (130 ft.)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
We chose Amoray based on the good review in the Chapbook, and on the
fact that they had a trip scheduled for the Spiegel Grove on Friday.

My problems with them started when they informed us that, if we did
not have any dives within the last year, then we needed a guide.  I
had many dives within the last year, but my partner (my son) did not.
However, he had about 100 dives, some to 120ft, so he is not a beginner. 
We tried to argue with them, that my partner was not a
beginner, but they were firm on this.  So we agreed to the guide. But
then they said that I could not dive with them, that I also needed a
guide.  Well, this discussion took place on Tuesday, the day before
the dive, so we agreed to this.  They did agree then that we did not
need a guide for the Spiegel Grove.

The Wednesday dive was pleasant enough, but the maximum depth was
28ft. In my view, there was no need for a guide.  We dove with them
again on Thursday (max dept was again about 30ft), and were looking
forward to the Friday dive on the Spiegel Grove when they told us that
we also needed a guide for this dive because my partner did not have 4
dives (withing the last year) to 70ft or more. We again tried to
argue, but to no avail.

The bottom line is that if you want to dive with them, be aware that
they have a lot of rules, and that these rules may not be made clear
until the last minute. The web site clearly says that for the Spiegel
Grove you need advanced certification (or logged experience), dive
computers, and wreck medallions. They never mentioned "wreck
medallions" so we had all the requirements. Oh yes, they never
our logs. They do mention that "If your last dive was more than one
year ago, you must hire a guide (one location, one diver = $40)".

In spite of the above problems, the staff was very pleasant.  I felt
that they were embarrassed by these regulations, but that they had to
follow the rules. In all, these regulations added $140 to the cost of
the dives.

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