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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers/Ocean Pointe in
The Continental USA/Tavernier, Fl Keys

Conch Republic Divers/Ocean Pointe, Apr, 2010,

by Dawn , FL, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports). Report 5677.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Barbados, Roatan, Belize,
Cozumel
Florida Keys, Palm Beach, Barbados, Hawaii,
Grand Cayman-East End.

Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Eleven of us chartered their smaller boat- 30 ft, but the first day they put us on their 46 ft Newton, which was just fine by us! The crew is very helpful and friendly. We had a couple of 13 year olds on the boat, including our grandson, Christian, also photographers who preferred to stay shallow, so our 4 dives were all 30' or less. The crew gave a good safety briefing and roll call, and then off we went. The crew is very accomodating, and did the sites we requested. The water was cold, and i used my neoprene the next day. The first dive was Xmas Tree caves on French reef- one os my favorite sites because of the swim-thrus with glassy sweepers. It is a very prolific area, and the topography is beautiful. On this day we saw goliath grouper, several blk. groupers, midnight parrots, and a myriad of typical reef fishes.The second dive is named after the winch on the bottom,"The Winch". Schools of Atlantic spades, cudas, a green moray, scrawled files. The crew welcomed us back, helped us to our seats, and made sure everyone had a good dive. Bring your own snacks, as only water is provided. We were diving the next day, so we were able to leave our gear with the shop. There are 2 large rinse tanks, and large rolling racks with hangers that are rolled to a secured area overnight. We went back to Ocean Pointe- a very nice condo with a large pool. Later we headed to the Pilot House with our group for dinner.
The next morning we were on the 30' boat, still with ample room for us. We headed to Snapper Ledge where we saw several goldentails, blue and midnight parrots, a crevace stuffed full with maybe 10 lobsters, southern stingray,angels and parrots,and a swim thru full of grunts!The last dive was Conch Reef- Horseshoe Wall, another prolific dive like the others. Here there are Queen conchs in the sand, slipper lobster, southern stingray, schools of chubs, school masters, and grunts- a very pretty area. Reluctantly we headed back to the Gulf coast. We will be back in Sept. to dive with this great operation again.
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