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Dive Review of Conch Republic Divers/The Ragged Edge in
The Continental USA/Tavernier Key

Conch Republic Divers/The Ragged Edge, Jan, 2006,

by Matthew Nathan, CA, USA . Report 2390.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I booked two and a half days of diving over MLK Jr. weekend with Conch Republic. The first day, a cold front moved in. With winds 25-40 mph and rough seas all dives were canceled. The next day winds died down and we could go out. I was a solo diver and, rather than buddy up with a random diver, decided to hire a Conch Republic dive guide for each of the deeper wreck dives (the Eagle, Duane and Speigel Grove). Great decision. Unless you are an experienced wreck diver with knowledge of these waters, don't do the wrecks without a guide (frankly, it seems a little unsafe). Water was cold (72 F) and my full 3mm wetsuit didn't cut it. I rented another three mil shorty which did the trick. Reef dives were long, shallow and uneventful. Lots of tropical fish and critters and decent coral. If you only have a few dives in the Keys, make sure you dive the wrecks...the reefs are nice but not amazing.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Hawaii, Carribean, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 72-73°F / 22-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come up after 45 minutes - 1 hour for shallow reef dives. Begin ascent with 1/3 of your air from deeper wreck dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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]
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