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Diving/Snorkeling

The Florida Keys is a diving and snorkeling wonderland. Even amateur snorkelers can have a fantastic experience and see a multitude of colorful tropical fish and coral in the shallow waters of the area. In addition to the tropical fish such as starfish and queen conch; the waters of the Florida Keys are full of other undersea mysteries. Only five miles offshore in some places from Islamorada to Key West, you will discover underwater shipwrecks, a protected area for manatees and North America’s only living coral barrier reef along the entire length of the Keys.
 
Like snorkeling, Diving in the Florida Keys provides pleasure for both expert as well as amateur divers. The Dry Tortugas National Park which is full of colorful coral and tropical fish is off of Key West and is open to all levels of diver. A dive in Loggerhead Key will bring you to the Windjammer Wreck, a 261 foot schooner broken in half, where you can view the wreckage while surrounded by tropical fish and spiny lobster. Finally, 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

 
The Florida Keys is a diving and snorkeling wonderland. Places to scuba dive and snorkel are too numerous to mention. Even amateur snorkelers can have a fantastic experience and see a multitude of colorful tropical fish and coral in the shallow waters of the area. In addition to the tropical fish such as starfish and queen conch; the waters of the Florida Keys are full of other undersea mysteries. Only five miles offshore in some places, from Islamorada to Key West, you will discover underwater shipwrecks, a protected area for manatees and North America’s only living coral barrier reef along the entire length of the Keys.
 
Like snorkeling, Diving in the Florida Keys provides pleasure for both expert as well as amateur divers. The Dry Tortugas National Park which is full of colorful coral and tropical fish is off of Key West and is open to all levels of diver. A dive in Loggerhead Key will bring you to the Windjammer Wreck, a 261 foot schooner broken in half, where you can view the wreckage while surrounded by tropical fish and spiny lobster. Finally, 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.”

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

 

Quiscence Diving Services

(305) 451-2440
Mile Marker 103.5 Bayside
103680 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
 
Explore local reefs, wrecks and premier dive sites of your choice with Quiscence Diving Services specializing in personalized charters whether private or in a small group of no more than six.


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

(305) 451-6300
Mile Marker 102.5 Oceanside
102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
 
Pennekamp Park preserves a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. Catch a glimpse of a variety of tropical marine life in or out of the water aboard their glass-bottom boat tours and snorkeling/diving charters. Visitors have access to 50 miles of natural mangrove channels in the surrounding area with kayak and paddle board rentals. You can rent a boat or bring your own and make use of their launch ramp, trailer storage, slip space and pump-out services.


Rainbow Reef Dive Center

(305) 451-7171
Mile Marker 100 Oceanside
100 Ocean Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037
 
Rainbow Reef Dive Center offers a variety of courses and certifications for new or experienced divers and has an expanding collection of charter boats operating daily.


 
 

Tavernier

 

Conch Republic Divers

(305) 852-1655
Mile Marker 91 Bayside
90800 Overseas Hwy Ste 9, Tavernier, FL 33070
 
Located at Tavernier Creek Marina convenient to many premier dive sites, Conch Republic Divers is a full-service dive shop offering both snorkeling and diving charters, gear rental or service, and has experienced dive instructors for beginners seeking certification. Multiple trips are made easy with an onsite restaurant at Tavernier Creek Marina.


Florida Keys Dive Center

(305) 852-4599
Mile Marker 90.5 Oceanside
90451 Old Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070
 
Florida Keys Dive Center offers snorkel and dive charters, and specialty charters including Night-time and Lobster Diving. Those new to diving can opt for a 3-day Open Water Certification Course and if you’re looking to further your experience there are a variety of other programs to choose from such as Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and more.


 
 

Islamorada

 
Islamorada is known as the “purple island” and the “sport fishing capital of the world.” Legend has it that Islamorada was named for its brilliant purple sunsets and purple bougainvilleas. Islamorada became recognized as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World” because fishermen worldwide began flocking to Islamorada due to its unique location which provides a fisherman the opportunity to perfect saltwater fly fishing as well as back-country fishing in one location. Islamorada is known to have the highest concentration of professional charters with tournament level captains and is well known for its variety of shallow coral reefs, mini walls, shipwrecks and even the Aquarius: an underwater habitat for scientific research.

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

 

Clearly Unique Charters

(305) 900-6498
Mile Marker 83.5 Oceanside
Whale Harbor, 83413 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
 
Enjoy a unique charter experience during a visit offshore to the sandbars in combination with a snorkeling trip or sunset cruise. Clearly Unique Charters has everything you’ll need to make the most of your time on the water with use of clear kayaks, paddle boards, tubes, music and beverages included in their package offers.


Sea Monkeys Water Sports

(305) 664-4555
Mile Marker 80.5 Bayside
80461 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
 
Dive with no more than six passengers at one or more of the many premier reef or wreck dive sites aboard the best-equipped dive boat in Islamorada. Their knowledgeable staff also offers guided tours to explore local landmarks such as Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key accessible only by boat or by kayak through the surrounding area and mangrove channels.


Robbie’s

(305) 664-8070
Mile Marker 77.5 Bayside
77522 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
 
Voted the No. 1 place every tourist should visit, Robbie’s of Islamorada is a top-rated attraction with a variety of activities to choose from at their facility. There’s something for everyone to do including hand-feeding massive tarpon, shopping throughout the open-air market, diving, snorkeling and specialty fishing charters, boating, parasailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more.


 
 

Duck Key

 

Dive Duck Key

(305) 743-9633
Mile Marker 61 Oceanside
61 Hawks Cay Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050
 
Snorkeling and diving charters conveniently operating out of Duck Key for easy access to top-rated dive sites in the Upper and Middle Keys.


Solé Watersports

(305) 209-9959
Mile Marker 61 Oceanside
61 Hawks Cay Blvd, Duck Key, FL 33050
 
Spend your afternoon lounging at the Grassy Key sandbar or snorkeling Coffin’s Patch where you’re sure to see an abundance of marine life, then enjoy an evening watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico during a private or group excursion. Solé Watersports also offers kayak, paddle board and snorkel gear rentals.


 
 

Marathon

 
Marathon’s reefs offer great variety in coral formations and fish life. The crystal clear 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. In addition, in the underwater area both modern and historical shipwrecks can be found making the sport dive appeal of the region tremendous.

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

 

A Deep Blue Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Center

(305) 743-2421
Mile Marker 53.5 Oceanside
400 Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
 
Explore dozens of wreck and coral reef dive sites throughout Marathon and the Middle Keys with a reputable crew and catch your dinner with the opportunity to partake in seasonal lobstering and spearfishing.


Captain Hook’s Marina & Dive Center

(305) 743-2444
Mile Marker 53 Oceanside
11833 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
 
Captain Hook’s Marina & Dive Center is a one-stop shop for a variety of services and activities including dive instruction, diving, snorkeling and fishing charters, specialty cruises, boat rentals and water sport equipment rentals such as kayaks and paddle boards.


Tilden’s Scuba Center

(305) 743-7255
Mile Marker 49.5 Gulfside
4650 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
 
Tilden’s Scuba Center offers diving equipment rentals and service, daily trips to over thirty coral reef and wreck dive sites, seasonal lobstering, spearfishing and a unique look at the local reefs during a nighttime dive.


 
 

Key West & Lower Keys

 
World class wreck and coral reef diving is a main attraction in Key West and the Lower Keys. Key West’s largest and most pristine reefs are located just several miles offshore. They 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 well-known location for Key West diving and snorkeling is the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary which is approximately five miles off the coast. 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 untouched.

  • 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

 

Lost Reef Adventures

(305) 296-9737
261 Margaret St #6639, Key West, FL 33040
 


Southpoint Divers

(305) 292-9778
606 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
 


Captain’s Corner Dive Center

(305) 296-8865
125 Ann St, Key West, FL 33040
 

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