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

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Allan Ripple, WI, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5609
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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