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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers/Ocean Pointe in
The Continental USA/Tavernier, Fl Keys

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Dawn , FL, US
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Report Number 5677
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
  Bonaire, Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Barbados,Roatan, Belize,
Florida Keys,Palm Beach,Barbados,Hawaii,
Grand Cayman-East End. 

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Eleven of us chartered their smaller boat- 30 ft, but the first day they
put us on their 46 ft Newton, which was just fine by us! The crew is very
helpful and friendly. We had a couple  of 13 year olds on the boat,
including our grandson, Christian, also photographers who preferred to stay
shallow, so our 4 dives were all 30' or less. The crew gave a good safety
briefing and roll call, and then off we went. The crew is very
accomodating, and did the sites we requested. The water was cold, and i
used my neoprene the next day. The first dive was Xmas Tree caves on French
reef- one os my favorite sites because of the swim-thrus with glassy
sweepers. It is a very prolific area, and the topography is beautiful. On
this day we saw goliath grouper, several blk. groupers, midnight parrots,
and a myriad of typical reef fishes.The second dive is named after the
winch on the bottom,"The Winch". Schools of Atlantic spades,
cudas, a green moray, scrawled files. The crew welcomed us back, helped us
to our seats, and made sure everyone had a good dive. Bring your own
snacks, as only water is provided. We were diving the next day, so we were
able to leave our gear with the shop. There are 2 large rinse tanks, and
large rolling racks with hangers that are rolled to a secured area
overnight. We went back to Ocean Pointe- a very nice condo with a large
pool. Later we headed to the Pilot House with our group for dinner.
   The next morning we were on the 30' boat, still with ample room for us.
We headed to Snapper Ledge where we saw several goldentails, blue and
midnight parrots, a crevace stuffed full with maybe 10 lobsters, southern
stingray,angels and parrots,and a swim thru full of grunts!The last dive
was Conch Reef- Horseshoe Wall, another prolific dive like the others. Here
there are Queen conchs in the sand, slipper lobster, southern stingray,
schools of chubs, school masters, and grunts- a very pretty area.
Reluctantly we headed back to the Gulf coast. We will be back in Sept. to
dive with this great operation again.
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