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Dive Review of Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center/Barnacle Bed & Breakfast in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Julian Watkins/Debbie DiMascio, CA, USA
Report Number 241
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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

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 minute dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Looe Key is very shallow and easy to dive.  Most all dives will be no
deeper than 30 ft.  This outfit takes you a few miles offshore to the reef
which is in a national marine sanctuary.  Fish life and corals are
moderately abundant.  We noticed a decline in marine life since diving
there last in 1997.  Boat is a 45 ft. catamaran called the Kokomo Cat.  We
liked that they offered a three-tank dive trip.  We dived three different
sites in Looe Key.  Many of the passengers were snorkelers.  The boat was a
little crowded with approx. 30 + crew on board, but it wasnt a big
problem.  They offered hot dogs and sodas for sale and allowed personal
coolers to be taken aboard.

Dives were very rushed as the boat captain wanted to quickly move to each
new dive site.  We were only allowed about 45 minutes of actual bottom time
at each site due to the rushed schedule.  Sites are so shallow you can
easily stay down one hour or more, but time didnt permit it.

Food is very good at Montes Restaurant on nearby Summerland Key.  Key Lime
tart with raspberry sauce is delicious.  Also we enjoyed the food at the
brand new  Robs Island Café on Big Pine Key.  Both restaurants are
casual and inexpensive.    We stayed at the Barnacle Bed & Breakfast on
Big Pine Key.  Very nicely decorated rooms with a fishy tropical
ambience, located right on the beach (Atlantic side) with full breakfasts
daily.  A nice, quiet location off the beaten path, no crowds.  Kayaks,
bikes, BBQ, and hammocks readily available to guests.  
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