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

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Patrick Resen, CT, USA
Report Number 621
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Monterrey CA, Kona HI, Bonaire, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
(reasonable) time limit on 2d dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Conch Republic Divers was just bought by Brenda and Gary Mace (in July
2003) and they clearly intend to keep up the CRD reputation for
friendliness.  They like diving and they like divers.  When an afternoon
trip got down to two other divers and me (and the couple was thinking was
cancelling) Brenda said:  "I don't cancel a trip if someone's here who
wants to dive."  She would ahve sent the boat out with just me.

Boat staff very helpful and friendly, assists to the dive platform and take
your tanks upon exit.  Not a lot of explanation about the marine life per
se, but that's something you rarely get anywhere these days.

A tip box is on board but no pushing, directly or indirectly, for tips.  

Boat is comfortable, head, cabin for changing, easy entry and an exit
ladder, fresh water shower, no snacks but juice for post dive time.  The
boat is the former Lady Cyana and Paul (who ran Lady Cyana Dive Shop) was
on board doing his own diving on most of  my trips (10 dives, three days).

Plenty of info in the Chapbook about Keys diving so I'll omit that.
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