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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers/holiday Inn, Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo & West

Conch Republic Divers/holiday Inn, Key Largo: "very good wreck diving at Key Largo", Mar, 2019,

by robert h neff jr, FL, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10869 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments drove from SRQ to Key largo & Key West to dive WRECKS with my son during a school break. I'm an emeritus PADI/NAUI instructor. he is a NAUI Instructor Trainer. I have developed & taught underwater photography. Syllabus approved by PADI & NAUI.
we dove Spiegal Grove, Duane & Bibbe. All on Nitrox. My son preferred SG due to size, I preferred the Duane due to compactness of the subject (easier to frame wreck/diver shots).
No significant current on wrecks. Vis was good. Could have easily dove subsequent days on them, but limited trip time. Conch Republic divers did a great job. I selected them based on prior UC reviews.

Our final wreck was to be the Vandenberg off Key West with Lost Reef Divers. 2 Nitrox dives planned. Got all the way to site & had to abort due to 3-4 knot current, though the sea was flat calm. disappointing, but safety rules. It was apparently an unusual experience.
Websites Conch Republic Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Philippines '16, El Guadeloupe island-Mex '15, Red Sea '80-'03, Caines_Aus '85, Maldives '87 & '89, Fla Keys '76 & '19, Jupiter Fla '18, Caverns Fla '17, Hawaii '82
Closest Airport Getting There drove from SRQ

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions use your computer, surface with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments fresh water rinse tank on boat for cameras. it was adequate. I was using a Canon MD5 in an Aquatica housing with Sea & seas strobe.
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