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

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Curt & Kathy Hofer, MI, US
Report Number 1389
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Excellent!), Belize
(Turneffe Atoll & Blue Hole), Michigan (Lake Huron), California (Santa
Catalina Island)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
70   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 lbs. or 1 hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Winds out of the east opposing the flow of the Gulf Stream stirred up a
pretty good chop and contributed to low visibility the first day and a half
of diving.  Calmer winds and more sun the last day brought better
visibility and somewhat warmer water.  

We were very impressed with the state of the reefs off of Key Largo.  The
coral, particularly the soft coral, was abundant and in very good condition
with good variety.  There was a wide variety of fish life that is a mix of
Caribbean and Western Atlantic species.  Smaller species included a Wrasse
Blenny, Yellowtail Damselfish and Yellowhead Jawfish.  Lots of French,
Gray, and Queen Angelfish along with Blue Tangs and Doctorfish.  The usual
assortment of Sergeant Majors, Butterflies, Grunts, Snapper, Porkfish, and
Hogfish.  Also Scrawled Filefish, Spotted Drum, Balloon Fish and the
ever-amusing Smooth Trunkfish.  Larger species included Atlantic Spade
Fish, Southern Sting Rays, Green & Spotted Morays, Black Grouper, and
Nurse Sharks.  Goliath Grouper are around but we didnt get a look at one. 
Lobsters were plentiful. 

The dive boat was a large catamaran which helped during the rougher weather
and allowed plenty of room on board.  The boat will accommodate 30 plus
divers, several snorklers and a handful of crew - about 50 people total. 
We typically had about 15 divers and half as many snorklers so there was
plenty of room on the boat.  Defog spray and mask rinse buckets are
provided as is a dedicated camera rinse tub.  The boat has a head.  Cold
water is available at all times.  An ice chest is available for storing any
cold drinks, sandwiches, etc., that passengers choose to bring.  Alcoholic
beverages are allowed but once you imbibe you are done in the water for the
day.  A dry storage locker is available for clothing and towels.

A boat safety briefing is given each day and the crew has a good feel for
who has heard the briefing and who is new on board.  Diving is unescorted
but briefings are thorough including the best path to travel and likely
creature sightings.  Dive restrictions are one hour or 500 pounds
remaining, whichever comes first.  Tanks are Aluminum 80s with 3000 plus
psi per fill.  Entry is via giant stride off of any of three different
spots on the boat.  Return is via either of two ladders on opposite sides
of the boat.  Both entry and return are supervised by the crew so no one is
likely to slip or become distressed.  

Overall the crew was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and courteous. 
Our first day we had the dream crew of Scott (boat captain but also a DM),
Bob (DM but also a boat captain), and Lori (crew, but a DM as well).  Also
on board was Pete (DM) who was leading the certification dives for our son.
 He was an outstanding instructor -- thorough and encouraging.  

The resort was reasonably priced.  The office staff was friendly and
efficient.  Lots of good gear available for purchase or rent, though they
don't rent hoods.  Our room was appointed well enough, clean and in good
repair.  However, there was an overbearing scent of something resembling
lipstick that assaulted us when we entered the room.  We had to open all
the windows to keep our sinuses under control.  It didnt diminish much
over the three days we spent there.  The bed was pretty uncomfortable as
well.  Frankly, it was worn out and had a pronounced slant from both edges
to the middle.  The floors were all tiled, but with no throw rugs, which
lent a cold feel to the room.  

On the plus side, the boat was docked a 45 second walk from the door of our
room.  The resort also provides a large fresh water rinse tank and an
adjacent gear storage locker complete with plastic hangers.  The locker is
kept locked between dives.

There are some reasonably good restaurants near the resort.  Hobos, next
door to the resort, is casual and has very good food.  Beer and wine are
available but no liquor.  The Sundowner brags one of the best sunsets in
the area, has a nice outdoor dining area and does a good job of providing
typical Keys fare.  They have live entertainment some evenings.  I am
obliged to report that their coffee could stand some improvement. 

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