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Islamorada recommendations (stores and sites)

Discussion in 'Florida' started by DDKL, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. DDKL

    DDKL Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: MN
    Hi All,

    I'm going to be heading down to around Islamorada in the next month and a bit and am looking for some recommendations on stores/dive boats and dive sites. I'll likely have 2 to 3 days of diving and I'm reasonably experienced so all levels of site are potential options.

    I'll happily dive with a single AL cylinder but usually feel more comfortable with steel or doubles so if those are available in the area then it'd be good to know.

    What would you recommend for an exposure suit for that area and time of year (I've looked at the sea surface temps but as we know that's not necessarily representative of below the thermocline)...


  2. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    Conch Republic Divers is on nearby Tavernier. They rent steel tanks and are a good dive operation. I've made many dives with them

    I've been out with Islamorada Dive Center on one of my keys trips. I had my own tanks on that trip but I liked the staff and enjoyed the dives on deeper reefs.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
  3. seadweller

    seadweller Dive Charter

    78-79 degrees on the water temp . You will be fine in a 3mm wetsuit .
    Have a great time diving !
    Sea Dwellers
  4. Avonthediver

    Avonthediver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ocala, Florida
    Silent World or Rainbow Reef
    And for a private Sun Sports, you can bring on your own tanks and pick what you want to dive for the weekend. just watch out for a Jackhole named Mica, he's not part of the operation but he likes to think he is he'll "cut you a deal"!!

    As far as site's I'd make and easy 4 with the eagle, Spegial, Duane and Bibb.
    I really enjoyed Crocker Davis reef.
    And If anyone says "go to the benwood, it's great with loads of life, you'll love it!" Just F'ing shoot yourself it's a boring ******** dive!!!
  5. Key Largo Dive Center

    Key Largo Dive Center ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Key Largo, Florida

    I'm not sure that IDC is still open. They were at Postcard Marina and it's still closed. Not sure if they've moved somewhere else, but I agree, their staff is amazing.
    Have a good trip!

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