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Dive Review of Conch Republic in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Julian Watkins/Debbie DiMascio, CA, USA
Report Number 243
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Fiji, California Channel Islands, Florida Keys, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Conch Republic in Tavernier runs two boats each day as needed.  One is a
six-pac and the other is much larger.  We went out on the six-pac called
the Osprey with only 2 other divers.  The staff here seems to specialize
in accommodating the more serious and/or tech diver.  Nitrox is
available.  We dove the wreck of the Duane, a 327 ft. Coast Guard Cutter
sitting upright in 120 ft. of  water.  Strong current and depth make this
an advanced dive.  Lots of fish life on ships deck at 105 ft. and in the
wheel house.  Crows nest and mast still intact at about 70 ft. 

Second dive at the Canyons.  A patch reef done as a drift dive.  We towed
a dive flag with us attached to a long line as we cruised the reef.  Boat
picked us up where we surfaced.  Lots of usual reef fish and marine life. 
Saw a small nurse shark here, but what happened to all the nurse sharks
that used to inhabit the keys??   Water and Capri-Sun juices provided. 
Space in their cooler with ice available for your own beverages.  Conch
Republic has a nice dive shop and repair facility.  Rinse tanks, drying
racks, and overnight storage available if desired.  Night dives and dawn
dives offered.  Shop owner also conducts marine research with various

Very good dolphin sandwiches available at Hobos restaurant in Key
Largo.  Order the dolphin (dont panic, its just Mahi Mahi) with sauteed
mushrooms, excellent!  Very popular location with divers next door at
Kellys on the Bay and Amoray Resort, so there may be a wait, but its
worth it.  Prices reasonable, service good.

Staff repaired a malfunctioning schraeder valve in my BC inflator and only
charged $5.00 for the repair.
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