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

Conch Republic Divers, Apr, 2009,

by Julia Sweet, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 4719.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, BVI, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi or 60 minutes, whichever came first
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 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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