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

Conch Republic/Ramada Inn Key Largo, Jul, 2008,

by Jon, MD, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4290.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Ft. Lauderdale, Mexico, North Carolina, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1hr - 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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