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Dive Review of Tavernier Divers/Coconut Palm Inn in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Julian Watkins/Debbie DiMascio, CA, USA
Report Number 242
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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
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
back on boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Tavernier Divers runs a nice outfit.  Their 42 ft. diesel boat took just 4
of us out to the Eagle Wreck and Crocker Reef.  Staff was knowledgeable and
let us dive our own profiles, just return with 500 psi.  Nitrox is
available.  Oranges and pineapple slices were provided and water to drink. 
The Eagle wreck (a 285 ft. freighter intentionally sunk in 1985) is a very
nice wreck to dive.  It rests on its side in 110 ft. of water, but is
easily viewed from 80-90 ft.  Wreck is broken in two mid-ship, but is in
good condition otherwise.  Possible to swim in to the cargo hold, but no
other penetration.  Look for the 250 lb. resident Jew Fish hanging around
at the bottom.  Current was moderate-strong the day we dove it and
visibility  was fair.  A recommended wreck to see.  

Crocker Reef is a patch reef with a sloping drop-off on one side.  This
allows for a little deeper dive than most of the very shallow reef dives in
the area.  Good corals and lots of big barrel sponges.  Fish life OK, not

We stayed at the Coconut Palm Inn in Tavernier (formerly known as Franks
Key Haven).  A very nice resort right on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. 
The resort was mostly deserted at the time we were there (mid-week, early
Oct.02) and the manager gave us their best suite with a full kitchen (the
Coconut Palm suite) at no extra charge.  Nice pool, hammocks, BBQs, boat
docks (bring your own boat), and kayaks available at no additional charge. 
Some remodeling and construction was in progress at the resort when we were
there.  Minimal, continental breakfast served in their office.  Excellent
location, nearby good dive outfits like Tavernier Divers and Conch
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