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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers/Bay Side Inn in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

Conch Republic Divers/Bay Side Inn, Feb, 2013,

by Terence Taylor, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6920.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozmel, Riviera Maya, Curacao, Cayman Brac, Bahamas, Florida, MD, MA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi on board. Depth was limited by MODs, but specific nitrox %s were available to accommodate each wreck.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments This trip was focused on wrecks, so the "Subject Matter" reflects that these are excellent wrecks to photograph, especially when the visability is better.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments The focus of the trip was wrecks- the Spiegel Grove, Duane, Eagle and a few others. Typically we dove a wreck first in the morning, and a shallow wreck or reef in the late morning or early afternoon. The first several dives were fairly difficult, with 6 foot seas, strong current and low visibility- not the place for a novice. We were fairly horizontal on the downline and one diver lost their mask on the safety stop due to her snorkel. The crew was fabulous, laying out proper lines, making the dive as reasonable as possible (the day before I arrived and the several days following our departure dives were cancelled). The third and fourth days, the seas calmed to 3 to 4 feet, and the visibility improved to 30-35 feet. The last mo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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