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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers/The Ragged Edge in
The Continental USA/Tavernier Key

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Matthew Nathan, CA, USA
Report Number 2390
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Hawaii, Carribean, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
72   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come up after 45 minutes - 1 hour for shallow reef dives. Begin ascent with
1/3 of your air from deeper wreck dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
I booked two and a half days of diving over MLK Jr. weekend with Conch
Republic. The first day, a cold front moved in. With winds 25-40 mph and
rough seas all dives were canceled. The next day winds died down and we
could go out. I was a solo diver and, rather than buddy up with a random
diver, decided to hire a Conch Republic dive guide for each of the deeper
wreck dives (the Eagle, Duane and Speigel Grove). Great decision. Unless
you are an experienced wreck diver with knowledge of these waters, don't do
the wrecks without a guide (frankly, it seems a little unsafe). Water was
cold (72 F) and my full 3mm wetsuit didn't cut it. I rented another three
mil shorty which did the trick. Reef dives were long, shallow and
uneventful. Lots of tropical fish and critters and decent coral. If you
only have a few dives in the Keys, make sure you dive the wrecks...the
reefs are nice but not amazing.
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