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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Bridenbaugh, Ohio, USA
Report Number 2248
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Florida Springs, Keys, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Barbados, St. Thomas, St.
Martin, Quarries inland USA 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The usual 500 lbs back on boat but your own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
[None]My wife Kathy and I dove with Conch Republic Divers in Tavernier.
This is a great dive operation and the folks are great to deal with. They
have two boats,  smaller 30' and  and a bigger 42 footer. Nitrox is
available and a full service Dive Shop.  We stayed at a Motel in Islamorada
called Sunset Inn which was a bargain place and nothing fancy but clean
rooms and close to nice resaurants.  Diving the Keys is always somewhat
iffy during Dec. Even though the weather can be nice and in the 80s there
are usually winds and waves in December. This December was no exception. We
had two trips (out the 6 dive days) cancelled because of winds and high
chop.  There seems to be a visibility problem this time of year because of
it, but the deep dives were nice. We had a couple dives on the Duane and
saw lots of Baracuda and Grouper as well as a giant Hawksbill Turtle.
Numerous Parrotfish and the usual reef creatures. A two tank dive on the
Spiegel Grove was neat. This vessel has some nice fish hanging around it
even though it is too new for much Coral growth. It is big and will take
several dives to see it.A nivce dive is the Eagle Wreck which has been down
for about 20 years. It has lots of big fish including Goliath Grouper and
usually some Reef sharks which we saw a couple of. Lots of Cudas as well.
There are a number of reefs that have abundant fish life such as Pickles
Reef, Secret Garden, Small Conch Wall, and Snapper reef.However we
experienced a lot of surge and poor visibility for the most part. We have
dove the keys in the Summer before and loved it then.  Great place to dive
but try another month unless you just have to have a regular Nitogen
"fix" like us. 
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