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Dive Review of Innerspace Dive Center( MM 29.5)/Looe Key Reef Resort( MM 27.5) in
The Continental USA/Looe Key, Florida

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA
Sr. Reviewer (11 reports)

Report Number 3605
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Australia( Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea),Bahamas( San Salvador,
Walker's Key, Nassau, Exumas), Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Curacao,
Dominica, Cozumel, Niagara River, Tobemory, Grenada, Cayman Islands( Grand,
Brac, and Little).
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
83   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat in 20 min. for wreck( A. Busch Sr.) dive and 60 min. for
Looe Key Reef.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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  
Comments
Rinse bucket for cameras but no camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Since this was the slow season after Labor Day, it was hard to find a dive
boat that would take us to the A. Busch Sr. on a Tuesday. Three shops were
contacted, but only Innerspace( MM 29.5) was willing to make the trip for
only two divers. Capt. Robert runs an excellent, small( 6 divers max.) dive
boat and provides all the individual attention with a smile that you expect
from a small operation. Dive briefings were very detailed and included all
the necessary safety precautions. We were warned before hand to beware of
fishing tackle and line both on the mooring line and the wreck itself and
this was to prove very valuable information. To any future divers of the A.
Busch Sr., make sure to wear gloves and beware of fishing hooks on the
mooring line. Also the Busch is covered with fishing line and even in the
wheel house that is open for penetration you would find fishing line, hooks
and even part of a fishing pole. Carrying a knife or scissors is an
absolute necessity. We had no current, but having dove the Busch many years
ago, I can attest to the fact that currents are a possibility. Visibility
was poor( 50 feet), but again that is seasonal and weather related.
   The second dive was on Looe Key( shallow) and suffered from clouds and
poor visibility. From past experience this is a must dive and usually has
much better visibility. Sting Rays, Barracuda and a variety of Aquarium
fish were seen on Looe Key.
   We stayed at the Looe Key Resort where the rooms are very basic, but
functional for scuba divers. Nothing fancy( reminded me of the motels of
the 1970's), but served the purpose and the price was right. Tiki bar with
food on premise, next door is a gas station with convenience store and
across the street is Boondoggles( spelling might be wrong) with nice bar
and restaurant.



  
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