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

Conch Republic Divers, Dec, 2005,

by Dave Bridenbaugh, Ohio, USA . Report 2248.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Florida Springs, Keys, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Barbados, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Quarries inland USA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The usual 500 lbs back on boat but your own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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 [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]My wife Kathy and I dove with Conch Republic Divers in Tavernier. This is a great dive operation and the folks are great to deal with. They have two boats, smaller 30' and and a bigger 42 footer. Nitrox is available and a full service Dive Shop. We stayed at a Motel in Islamorada called Sunset Inn which was a bargain place and nothing fancy but clean rooms and close to nice resaurants. Diving the Keys is always somewhat iffy during Dec. Even though the weather can be nice and in the 80s there are usually winds and waves in December. This December was no exception. We had two trips (out the 6 dive days) cancelled because of winds and high chop. There seems to be a visibility problem this time of year because of it, but the deep dives were nice. We had a couple dives on the Duane and saw lots of Baracuda and Grouper as well as a giant Hawksbill Turtle. Numerous Parrotfish and the usual reef creatures. A two tank dive on the Spiegel Grove was neat. This vessel has some nice fish hanging around it even though it is too new for much Coral growth. It is big and will take several dives to see it.A nivce dive is the Eagle Wreck which has been down for about 20 years. It has lots of big fish including Goliath Grouper and usually some Reef sharks which we saw a couple of. Lots of Cudas as well. There are a number of reefs that have abundant fish life such as Pickles Reef, Secret Garden, Small Conch Wall, and Snapper reef.However we experienced a lot of surge and poor visibility for the most part. We have dove the keys in the Summer before and loved it then. Great place to dive but try another month unless you just have to have a regular Nitogen "fix" like us.
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