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Dive Review of Looe Reef Resort in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Raymond Clark, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3540
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
NY, NJ, Pa, NC, FL, Ga, Tx, Ca, Labrador, Bermuda, Bahamas, Bonaire,
Roatan, Utila, Coz, Holbox, GC, Fiji, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Other than rinse bucket there were none, not enough outlets in room for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
Looe Key Resort is actually a motel with a dive shop attached, with a
resort you could pay for everything at once but at Looe Key you can pay the
room fee for the time you are staying but they want you to pay daily for
the diving. They take cash, MC and Visa but not AMEX.
 The Tiki bar is open for lunch and dinner but I cant comment on the food
because the help never came to our table and we left, we were told by a
local the help would rather hang out with the regulars. There are plenty
of other good places to eat on US1 and in Key West. The fish sandwich at
Guy Harveys was almost as good as Hobos.
 If you are not going to be hanging out with the locals at the Tiki bar you
should ask for a low number room to be away from the noise. On the other
hand you may need ear plugs to block out the noise from the air
conditioner. Considering most of the guest are divers you would think there
would be some place to hang the gear to dry. The dock is only a few feet
from the back door but you cant use that because they dont give you a
key. The key for our front door didnt always lock the door, you had to
double check it. No brochure in the room that might explain anything at
all; you're on your own.
The good news is the rooms are clean.
 If you want to use the WiFi ask for the password at check in because after
that no one seems to know it! And check-in closes at 7 pm. For breakfast
there is coffee available at the gas station next door, there is no coffee
maker or fridge in the room.  
 We chose this resort because it had a pool but the pool was waiting for a
part that was coming tomorrow. Like most islands tomorrow never gets here
and we heard from a local that the pool had been green for a while.
 The diving on Looe reef is real shallow; during the week expect a few
snorkelers on the boat too and on weekends about 15. There are four gates
into the water and two ladders back on but the snorkelers like to hang on
those ladders to watch the fish and barracuda under the boat.
 Their boat, the Kokomo Cat does 3 dives for $80 and according to their
website Hotel Guests receive 10% discount on trip prices but we did not.
15 years ago they charged me more than the web price so this was no big
surprise. Dives are limited to one hour each apparently from the time he
ties on, sixty minutes later they will be using the dive recall signal to
get you out of the water! If I was on another boat and heard that I would
think someone is in trouble. The boat then moves about two hundred feet to
the next mooring and the pool is open again. There is no SI required for
these depths, max we hit was 26. 
 If you are good on air and using your own tanks two will be enough but
dont think bringing your own tanks will save you money, it will actually
cost you more! Our boat trip includes the use of our air tanks and
weights. It does not include air fills for those who elect to use their own
tanks. Nitrox is extra. 
 Water is provided on the boat but if you want anything else either pack it
or bring cash, the boat crew sells soda, chips and chicken dogs which is
what they are usually doing when you get to the ladder and would like to
pass up the camera and fins..
 The reef is healthy with lots of fans, fish and critters. Everything from
cleaning shrimp to big barracuda and sharks, both reef and nurse.
 At the dock the dive Nazi puts a chain across the exit, please stay in
line and dont put your rental gear down until the list has been checked,
then you will get your C-card back. Dont even think of ducking under that
chain even if you didnt rent gear!
 BTW, except for Wednesdays when they do a wreck all dives seem to be on
the same three moorings. We grew tired of that, checked out early and went
to Key Largo and Ocean Divers were great.
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