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

Conch Republic, Oct, 2002,

by Julian Watkins/Debbie DiMascio, CA, USA . Report 243.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Fiji, California Channel Islands, Florida Keys, Sea of Cortez (Mexico)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 professionals.

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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