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Diving/Snorkeling

With North America’s only living coral barrier reef stretching alongside the length of The Florida Keys (located just five miles offshore) diving and snorkeling is some of the most diverse in the world, attracting novice and expert divers from across the globe. The Florida Keys boast the first undersea park in history – John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, a location also known as the “Diving Capital of the World.”
 
For Florida Keys Diving/Snorkeling, please select an island location:
 

Key LargoTavernierIslamoradaDuck KeyMarathonKey West
 
 

Key Largo

 
Key Largo has been protected from spear fishing and coral collection for four decades and is an integral portion of the 2,800-square-nautical-mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary six miles offshore. Key Largo also features six unique Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPA’s) where even hook and line fishing is prohibited.

  • Key Largo snorkeling/diving sites include: Spiegel Grove (wreck dive), Christ of the Abyss, Molasses Reef, Benwood Wreck, The Elbow, Bibb and Duane

    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Services: Diving/Snorkeling Charters, Glass-Bottom Boat Tours, Kayak Rentals, Nature Trails & Oceanside Beach Access
    Location: 102601 Overseas Highway MM102.5
    Contact: (305) 451-6300


    Rainbow Reef Dive Center
    Services: Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 100800 Overseas Highway MM100
    Contact: (305) 451-7171


    Key Largo Dive Center
    Services: Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 100670 Overseas Hwy MM100
    Contact: (305) 451-5844


    Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo
    Services: Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 99850 Overseas Highway MM100
    Contact: (800) 451-3640


    Keys Diver & Snorkel Tours
    Services: Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 99696 Overseas Highway MM100
    Contact: (305) 451-1177

 
 

Islamorada

 
Islamorada offers a wide variety of shallow coral reefs, mini walls, shipwrecks, and even an underwater habitat for scientific research, the Aquarius.

  • Islamorada snorkeling/diving sites include: The Eagle (wreck dive), Davis Reef, Alligator Reef (marked by a 136-foot-tall lighthouse), Conch Reef.

    Conch Republic Divers
    Services:
    Location: 90800 Overseas Highway Suite 9, Tavernier MM90
    Contact: (305) 852-1655


    Islamorada Dive Center
    Services: Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 84001 Overseas Highway MM84
    Contact: (305) 664-3483


    Key Dives
    Services: Spearfishing, Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 79851 Overseas Highway MM80
    Contact: (305) 664-2211


    Florida Keys Dive Center
    Services: Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 90451 Old Highway, Tavernier MM90
    Contact: (305) 852-4599


    Sea Monkeys Water Sports
    Services: Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 80461 Overseas Highway MM80
    Contact: (305) 664-4555

 
 

Duck Key

 

  • Duck Key snorkeling/diving sites include:

    Dive Duck Key
    Services: Spearfishing, Lobstering, Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard MM61
    Contact: (305) 743-9633

 
 

Marathon

 
Marathon’s reefs offer great variety in coral formations and fish life. The crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean reveal a marine wilderness comprised of an extensive spur-and-groove coral complex and numerous well-developed patch reefs. Each reef is populated by a vast array of Caribbean tropical fish and invertebrates, with the fascinating addition of both modern and historical shipwrecks to complete the tremendous sport dive appeal of the region.

  • Marathon snorkeling/diving sites include: Adelaide Baker, Sombrero Reef, Coffin’s Patch, Delta Shoals and The Thunderbolt

    Captain Hook’s Marina & Dive Center
    Services: Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction, Fishing Charters, Paddle Sport Rentals, Boat Rentals & Specialty Cruises
    Location: 11833 Overseas Highway MM53
    Contact: (305) 743-2444


    Middle Keys Scuba Center
    Services: Diving Equipment Rentals
    Location: 11511 Overseas Highway MM53
    Contact: (305) 587-3570


    Hall’s Diving Center & Career Institute
    Services: Diving Instruction/Career Training and Certification
    Location: 5050 Overseas Highway MM50
    Contact: (305) 743-5929


    Tilden’s Scuba Center
    Services: Diving Equipment Inspection/Repair, Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 4650 Overseas Highway MM50
    Contact: (305) 743-7255


    A Deep Blue Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Center
    Services: Spearfishing, Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 400 Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach MM49
    Contact: (305) 743-2421

 
 

Key West & Lower Keys

 
Key West’s largest and most pristine reefs are located several miles off shore and are best visited with the help of professional dive and snorkel charter services.

The Lower Keys are the least developed of the Florida Keys and in many ways the most natural. The most notable location for Key West diving and snorkeling is the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. In 1981, Looe Key reef was designated a national Marine Sanctuary, prohibiting all spear fishing, coral collection, and lobstering. As a result, large schools of friendly fish and a complete reef ecosystem remain preserved.

  • Key West snorkeling/diving sites include: Sand Key (marked by a large iron lighthouse and more than 10 miles of coral reefs of varying depths), Joe’s Tug, Ten-Fathom Ledge, The Cayman Salvor, Nine Foot Stake, Kedge Ledge and The Atocha

    Key West Dive Center
    Services: Spearfishing, Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 261 Margaret Street MM
    Contact: (866) 563-1805


    Captain’s Corner Dive Center
    Services: Diving Charters, Instruction & Specialty Courses
    Location: 125 Ann Street MM
    Contact: (305) 296-8865


    Southpoint Divers
    Services: Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 606 Front Street MM
    Contact: (305) 292-9778


    Fin’s Dive Center
    Services: Diving Charters & Instruction
    Location: 5130 Overseas Highway MM
    Contact: (305) 395-0880


    Lost Reef Adventures
    Services: Diving/Snorkeling Charters & Instruction
    Location: 261 Margaret Street MM
    Contact: (305) 296-9737

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