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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Conch Republic Divers: "Great Weekend Dive Trip to the Keys", Nov, 2018,

by Nancy Boore, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10674 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Took a weekend dive trip to the Keys with Brass Anchor Scuba Center out of Frederick, MD, and dove with Conch Republic. Mark was our Captain and Jasen was our Divemaster for our two morning dives. We were supposed to dive the Spiegel Grove, but conditions didn't allow us to, so Mark took us to the Duane where we double-dipped. Met up with a big Hawksbill turtle on the top deck of the wreck munching on some of the coral encrusting the wreck, and he let us hang out with him for a while before he decided to take off in search of more to eat. Plenty of fish on the wreck, and even one small octopus that a grouper had its eyes on for breakfast. Current was a little brisk, but not bad. Afternoon dive was on Davis Reef, lots of surge impacted vis, but otherwise a really nice dive where we saw morays, nurse sharks, spiny lobsters. Weather turned bad and we weren't able to get any more dives in for the weekend, but Conch Republic did a fantastic job taking great care of us, will definitely dive with them again.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Pompano, Bahamas, Cozumel.
Closest Airport Miami Getting There I flew with Southwest into Fort Lauderdale, and rented a car to drive to Key Largo.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 72-79°F / 22-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions other than diving within your training limits and come up w/500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We were on the small 30' boat, so no big setup for camera rigs and hence the 3 stars for the small boat. Bigger boat had a camera table for big rigs.
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By robert h Neff in FL, US at Feb 06, 2019 11:24 EST  
planning a couple wreck dives in early march 2019. so this was useful as far as selecting a dive operation to go with. I had heard good reports on Conch republic before.
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