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

Conch Republic Divers, Jan, 2014,

by Ed Noga, OH, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 7507.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I've dived up and down the Keys many times, and find that spending time with Conch Republic out of Islamorada always is worthwhile. The service is quite good, the cost reasonable. The protected reefs are nice--only one lionfish was spotted--and being very shallow, a good spot for beginners. I prefer the artificial reef wrecks, and they'll take you there on the six-pack even if they have only four divers, although this time of year they have lots of business. We did a bunch of dives on the Speigel Grove, always a treat, and a couple on the Eagle on this trip. I wanted to hit the Duane, but a big group wanted the cattle boat to go to the Speigel. Heck, you could dive that big boy a dozen times and not see it all. I do enjoy the Bibb, but no one goes out there much. I've dived with a half dozen operators over the years in the Keys, but Conch is unsurpassed, ask me. Its location on Tavernier Creek means it can hit the Atlantic easily, which isn't the case with some operators on the Gulf side of Key Largo--meaning they won't venture out to the big wrecks much because of the distance. If you want to escape the cold north this time of year, Conch and the Keys are an excellent choice. I am staying at the Tavernier Hotel, which is clean, simple, quiet and not expensive. I'm still waiting (after three days) to see the housekeeper, though. Hmmmmm.
Websites Conch Republic Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Primarily Lake Erie and the Great Lakes, but all over, from Truk to Galapagos, the Red Sea to Cocos Island.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 74-75°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 49-50 Ft/ 15-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 45 minutes to a hour, depending on dive. Back with 500 lb.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank about it.
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