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

Conch Republic Divers/Keys motel, Aug, 2003,

by Patrick Resen, CT, USA . Report 621.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Australia, Monterrey CA, Kona HI, Bonaire, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions (reasonable) time limit on 2d dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 2 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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Conch Republic Divers was just bought by Brenda and Gary Mace (in July 2003) and they clearly intend to keep up the CRD reputation for friendliness. They like diving and they like divers. When an afternoon trip got down to two other divers and me (and the couple was thinking was cancelling) Brenda said: "I don't cancel a trip if someone's here who wants to dive." She would ahve sent the boat out with just me.

Boat staff very helpful and friendly, assists to the dive platform and take your tanks upon exit. Not a lot of explanation about the marine life per se, but that's something you rarely get anywhere these days.

A tip box is on board but no pushing, directly or indirectly, for tips.

Boat is comfortable, head, cabin for changing, easy entry and an exit ladder, fresh water shower, no snacks but juice for post dive time. The boat is the former Lady Cyana and Paul (who ran Lady Cyana Dive Shop) was on board doing his own diving on most of my trips (10 dives, three days).

Plenty of info in the Chapbook about Keys diving so I'll omit that.
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