Florida Keys Most Popular Dive & Snorkeling Sites

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    Upper Keys Dive Sites

    The Upper Keys: Key Largo (island), Key Largo, North Key Largo, Tavernier, Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe, Indian Key, Lignumvitae Key, Lower Matecumbe, Village of Islamorada

    Key Largo, the 'Dive Capital of the World', has some of the best dive sites in the Florida Keys. Several of the dive sites are located inside John Pennekamp State Park. Sting rays, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, eels, turtles, nurse sharks, reef sharks, crabs, lobsters, huge grouper and tarpon, and tropical fish are what divers and snorkelers should expect to find on their dive.

  • North Carysfort Reef
  • South Carysfort Reef
  • North Dry Rocks
  • Key Largo Dry Rocks
  • Grecian Rocks
  • Spiegel Grove
  • The Benwood Wreck
  • French Reef
  • Molasses Reef
  • The Bibb Wreck
  • The Duane Wreck
  • Pickles Reef
  • Conch Reef
  • The Eagle Wreck
  • Alligator Reef


  • Middle Keys Dive Sites

    The Middle Keys: Craig Key, Fiesta Key, Long Key, City of Layton, Conch Key, Duck Key, Grassy Key, Crawl Key, Long Point Key, Fat Deer Key, Key Vaca, City of Marathon, City of Key Colony Beach, Boot Key, Knight's Key, Pigeon Key

    There are some fifty dive sites around Marathon. The waters around Marathon have several artificial reefs as well as coral reefs ranging in depth from 25 feet for beginners and snorklers to 200 feet for the advanced or technical divers. Hard bottom areas support sponges, hard and soft corals, lobsters and lots of tropical fish. Sandy bottom areas and grass beds are home to shrimp, crabs, small fish, anemone and conch. But please do not disturb the conch - it is illegal! Deep down divers care......

  • Sombrero Reef
  • Thunderbolt Wreck


  • Lower Keys and Key West Dive Sites

    The Lower Keys: Little Duck Key, Missouri Key, Ohio Key, Sunshine Key, Bahia Honda Key, Spanish Harbor Key, West Summerland Key, No Name Key, Big Pine Key, Little Torch Key, Middle Torch Key, Big Torch Key, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Knockemdown Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, Park Key, Lower Sugarloaf Key, Saddlebunch Keys, Shark Key, Geiger Key, Big Coppitt Key, East Rockland Key, Rockland Key, Boca Chica Key, Key Haven, Stock Island, Key West, Sigsbee Park, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, Wisteria Island

    There are about 50 sites to dive around Key West. The sites range in depths from 20 to 120 feet. Visibility usually is around 50-80 feet and summer water temperatures in the mid 80's, winter temps around 70. Sambo's Reefs, the outer Reef and Ten Fathom Ledge are a few of the most popular dive locations. Sambo reefs (Eastern, Middle and Western) are on the main reef line which is Southeast of Key West. A drop-off of 60-90 feet with steep ledges is at the edge of the reef. The Outer Reef and Ten Fathom Ledge are about a mile past the main reef line. Patch reefs may be a mile of two in length and have many hard and soft corals and sponges. In the shallow waters, parrotfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, stingrays, eels, nurse sharks and turtles are common. The wall at the deeper end of the Ten Fathom Ledge drops from 60 to 120 feet. You'll find jewfish, moral eels, yellowtail, grunts, wrasse and barracuda at the wreck dive sites.

  • Looe Key Reef
  • The Adolphus Busch wreck
  • The Vandenberg
  • Sambo Reefs
  • Rock Key and Eastern Dry Rocks
  • Sand Key
  • Cayman Salvage
  • Joe's Tug
  • Alexander's Wreck
  • Western Dry Rocks
  • Marquesas Keys

Florida Keys National Marine Park Map

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