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Dive Review of Conch Republic/Ramada Inn Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys, Tavernier

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jon, MD, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4290
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Ft. Lauderdale, Mexico, North Carolina, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1hr - 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Camera bucket provided.  Own boat so no one was sticking their mask in the
camera bucket.  No table- but this is a day charter.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
We were not originally scheduled to dive with Conch on this trip.  Our
night dive was cancelled with Rainbowreef and they could not do a PM
charter.  We quickly looked in the area for a pm charter.  Conch republic
got us a private charter for a little over $600 plus air fills.  Not a bad
price when you split it 6 ways.  It would have been nice for the air to be
included but they did get us a boat and called in a captain.  Capt. was
owner of the shop.  Excellent boat with all the necessary equiptment.  Well
maintained.  No guide was provided but the captain took us to easily
navigatable reefs.  His briefings were right on.  We visited Conch reef
first.  Vis was approx. 40 feet. MX DEPTH was 26 FT.  We saw a ton of sea
urchins and green moray eels.  Over and hour bottom time.  Reef was in good
shape.  Shallow depth allowed me to really look in the cracks.  Small life
was plentiful.  I saw my first sea spider in the keys.  

Next site was with out a doubt my favorite, Snappers ledge.  This place
gets its name from the vast amount of snapper.  Were talking thousands. 
You had to move them out of the way to take pics.  Reef has a small swim
through allowing for good videos.  I went through first and came out face
to face with a nurse shark.  Awesome, I don't know who was more surprised. 
Saw over 5 different nurse sharks both lying under the ledge and free
swiming.  Tons of snapper allow for cool pics.  Also saw small southern
stingrays, puffers, and the lone scorpion fish of the trip.  Max dept was
32 feet allowing for us to push our bottom time to close to 75 minutes.  

Conch Republic is very nice operation and I would highly recomend them.  I
will be checking them out next year on my annual trip.  
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