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Dive Review of Amy Slate's Amoray Inn in
The Continental USA

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Dean Knudson, MN, USA
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Report Number 1605
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Austrailia, Bahamas, Mexico, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
77   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No DM in water, return within 60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Dedicated rinse tank on boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
Our group stayed several days at this resort, then, after an abrupt
cancellation by a Bahamas liveaboard berthed in Ft. Lauderdale, we changed
our schedule and flew to Cozumel. The contrast in conditions was striking.
The reefs in Florida seem pale green and colorless in comparison, and the
visibility and structure in the Yucatan are much better. It is probably
true that agricultural and urban run off in south Florida is affecting the
coral color, and the degree of algae in the water, as is claimed by some.
Needless to say, the structure and variety of dive sites in Cozumel is
considerably better than anywhere in the keys.  I've been to both places
several times, but never dove in one location within 24 hours of diving the

  Compared to Mexico, the prices for diving and accomodations in Florida
are quite high, and the diving is medicore in comparison.  Even when we are
trying to accomodate beginners in our group, I doubt our club will return
to the Key Largo area. In the future we will head to Cozumel and negotiate
shallower dives for our newbies directly with the dive boat captains. A
quick telephone call from Florida to Mexico a day prior to our departure
allowed us to confirm rental of a three bedroom, two story luxury
condominium with private pool and maid service, within walking distance of
the dive pier, for a price of $125  per night. That was quite a value for
the six of us, compared to the rates at Amoray, which hovered near $300 per
night for the same group.

 This resort is pleasant appearing, and the front office staff was
accomodating and friendly.  The dive boat staff, on the other hand, are a
bit gruff and distant in their demeanor.  One of the boat captains appeared
to be in the process of resigning, and was debating this issue in a fairly
stern fashion with his supervisor, on the morning before one of our dives,
within earshot of our apartment's screened porch.

  There is little to no choice of dive sites given to divers, any question
regarding destination is answered with "We'll see when we get out
there". In their defense, it's probably true that local conditions
flucuate in the winter in the upper keys, however, I noted that getting
back to the dock on time for the next scheduled dive was a very active
concern of the captains, and may have influenced their dive site selection.
We dove the same spot on consecutive days, and the captain just shrugged
when this was mentioned.  The Amoray Diver is a large boat that's filled
with beginners on the weekends, and is pleasantly uncrowded weekdays in the
winter. The boat is fast and modern, but can get crowded. There are five
exit points on the boat, so entry and return are convenient, even when

 Weather in the keys is very unreliable between October and March, any
advanced purchase of dive trip packages is a considerable gamble. Diving
can be washed out for a week at a time with a prolonged northern cold front
and the resultant winds. Suprisingly, this resort still does not have an
outdoor hot tub, which is a shame, since it's too cool in the winter to use
the pool in the late afternoon and evening.

  Hobo's has the best food in Key Largo, and it's right next to Amory Inn.

 The Amoray staff was not willing to refund our payment when we chose to
leave to Mexico a day earlier than our scheduled departure. I can't
complain, since this was spelled out in the fine print. They did give us a
one night credit to use in the future, and that seemed fair.
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