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Dive Review of Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Lower Keys

Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center, Jun, 2010,

by Allan Ripple, WI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 5609.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Cozumel, Great Lakes, inland Midwestern lakes, upper and lower Florida Keys, St Maarten
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 87 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes from the time the 1st diver enters the water.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments This was our 2nd attempt to dive the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary on the Kokomo Cat with Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center. Our first attempt was a December trip a few years back and we got blown out (wind & waves). This time, our luck was a little better. However, with winds out of an easterly direction, it doesnt take long for conditions to deteriorate. We started in 2 3 waves and about 40 of visibility. By the time we ended our 3-dive trip, we were in 3 4 waves and about 30 of visibility. This would be very nice diving under good conditions. Looe Key Reef Resort runs a 3-tank trip. Dive times are limited to 1 hour from the time the 1st diver hits the water. Because the reef is so shallow, combined with a 60 minute dive limit, we were consistently surfacing with 2000+ PSI on 80s. But then conditions were not great so it didnt make much difference. In between the 1st & 2nd dives, the Captain takes lunch orders (Hot Dogs or Sloppy Joes) for lunch between the 2nd & 3rd dives. Captain and crew were helpful and friendly. Because conditions were not particularly good, I did not rate sea life or underwater photography. This is a dive worth doing conditions permitting. Just watch the wind direction and the waves
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