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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers in
The Continental USA/FL

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Julia Sweet, FL, US (1 report)
Report Number 4719
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, BVI, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi or 60 minutes, whichever came first  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated rinse bucket for cameras--and part of boat briefing included
cautions about not using that one for masks etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
2 stars    
The good: Great operation, fabulous boat--very clean, wide decks, fresh
water shower onboard--no crowds!! Two options for getting back onboard--one
ladder for fins on, one for fins off. Great crew. Probably the best dive
boat I've ever been on, in terms of layout and comfort for diving.

The bad:  Second day of diving, I called first to make sure the dive was
still going, since winds were blowing strong. I was told that the direction
the wind was blowing indicated no effect on diving conditions. Well, that
was untrue. Swells were easily 6-8 feet, and they booked 2 unfortunate
snorkelers on the boat as well. Of the 10 or so people onboard (not
counting crew), at least 4 were "feeding the fish". Snorkelers
had no shot at having a good experience, and unfortunately, neither did
most of us divers. Vis was poor--captain searched repeatedly for a site
with decent vis, and even then it was like being in a washing machine
below. Much worse for the people suffering topside. Felt bad for them. Not
the fault of the crew, certainly, but they really should have called it off
and given refunds to all. Not great customer service there. 
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