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

Conch Republic Divers, Jul, 2013,

by Thomas Kuba, MD, US ( 1 report). Report 7351.

No photos available at this time

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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I've dove with most dive operators in the Florida Keys, Conch Republic is by far the best dive operation over the last 8 years. This is not a party boat, they are focused on providing the diver with the best dive given the conditions. Example, the first day had terrible dive conditions, current and surge created limited visibility and less than enjoyable diving. However, rather then just picking any locations, Captain Gary Mace (owner / operator) spent 30 minutes visiting a number of sites before finding the best that was available.
Their Captains and mates have been with Conch Republic for a number of years, speaks to Conch Republic's willingness to provide the best experience, rather then just worry about the almighty dollar. That experience shows up in many ways, including finding the best sites given conditions and matching dive locations with divers interest and skills.
I've yet to have a bad experience with Conch Republic and highly recommend them to all who are diving the keys.
Websites Conch Republic Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only restrictions were to return to the boat within 1 hour or 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate camera bucket, crew was helpful during entry/exit with camera.
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By Scott P. Fritz in MO, US at Jan 04, 2014 09:35 EST  
I concur fully. Best in the keys.
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