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Best Dive Operators in Key Largo

Discussion in 'Florida' started by midwesblues, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. WizardTrips

    WizardTrips Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Southern Nevada
    Another vote for Conch Republic Divers in Tavernier. It's interesting how many advanced and experience divers you meet. Many with 500+ dives under their belt!
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  2. gcarter

    gcarter Orca

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
    My son and I did 20 dives with Rainbow Reef last May and were very happy with the entire op - boats and staff. We stayed in Homestead, 1/2 hour drive but significantly cheaper hotels.

    A local instructor uses Quiesence when in KL and has good things to say.
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  3. voyager77

    voyager77 Angel Fish

    Stay away from Conch Republic. Perhaps the most dangerous operation I have dove with in 30+ years of diving. Lots of other operators
  4. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    Voyager77: I'll have to throw the B.S. flag on this one. You made a very similar open ended statement with no detail regarding Conch Republic to a very similar question in 2012. You were called out on it then (SB'ers asking you to elaborate on your statement) but you didn't respond and it feels like you playing some sort of game now. You also did not respond to that particular thread in 2012 by indicating who you do like, which was the original question, just like now. Makes me wonder if you've been in the Keys anytime recently or if you have some personal beef with Captain Gary.

    I'd guess I have between 50-75 dives on about 10 different occasions over the last 5 years with Conch Republic and have yet to see them conduct themselves in anything but the most professional manner.

    So, my questions would be.....

    1) when was the last time you were diving in the upper Keys?
    2) who do you like to dive with in the upper Keys?
    3) what don't you like about CRD?
  5. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
    I'll be a little more politically correct in my response...bull****!

    Conch Republic is one of the most respected operations in the Keys. Whatever your beef is, accusing them of being a dangerous operation is just ridiculous. I don't know what your beef is, but throwing out a statement like that instead of explaining your issues brings your credibility immediately into question.
  6. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    I've never dove with Conch Republic, but I've noticed on this forum they appear to enjoy a very strong positive reputation. Voyager77, it also looks odd that at this time, despite having joined in 2009, 5 years ago or so, you've only made 7 posts, and at least 2 of them were vague statements to diss Conch Republic?

    I've no idea what your contention is based on. I'm just telling you that, from an objective 3rd party perspective, this at least 'looks fishy.' No offense.

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  7. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
    MUCH more politically correct :wink:
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  8. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    Just to toss into the mix. I have dove off a lot of large and small boats in different places. Surge in the water does not bother me. But with some wave periods and some choppy days the smaller boats are less pleasant. Also I am one of those folks who like to stand up and move around often underway. So I am less a fan of small boats. I have only been seriously nauseated twice and those were both small boats. In cooler winter months I especially like to be able to get out of the weather when not in the water.

    So I often dive with Ocean Divers when in the Keys. If I am solo, which I often am, more divers gives more choice of an instabuddy. And once you splash you just go your own way and be back in an hour. On the other hand it only takes 2 for the boat to go. Nothing like a six packs worth of divers on a large comfortable boat.
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  9. bilsant

    bilsant Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Plus one on Conch Republic. Many pleasurable dives with them....I seem to recall a couple of diver saves on their scoreboard....at least one for a diver not even from their boat.

    With so much competition in the upper Keys, I would think that a bad dive operation wouln't last more than a few months.
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  10. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    details? I know the staff at CRD and this is nonsense sorry to say
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