Diving in the Florida Keys & Key West
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Florida Keys Diving
Where's the best diving in the United States that you can drive to? The Florida Keys!
The Florida Keys Reef Tract is the only living coral barrier reef in North America and is the 3rd largest coral
barrier reef in the world. The first is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the second is the
Meso-American Reef in Belize. The reef extends approximately 221 miles down the South East coast of
Florida and runs parallel to the Florida Keys starting at Key Biscayne near Miami all the way down to the
Dry Tortugas which are 70 miles west of Key West. The reef is found from 1 mile to 8 miles offshore.
The majority of the reef system off Key Largo was ceded over to the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary
in 1975, which was then incorporated into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1990. Because
of this, the reefs that we visit are now under heavier protection and heavier enforcement of violations. The
reefs are showing great benefits from this protection! Many of the most sensitive, healthiest reefs are now
protected as Sanctuary Preservation Areas, a designation that was put in place July 1st, 1997. Being
designated as an SPA makes it illegal to fish, lobster, stand, anchor on the reef, or even touch anything
within the SPA boundaries. This protection has boosted levels of large gamefish on the reefs and greatly
stabilized the overall health of the reef tract.
In the Florida Keys, divers can choose from a variety of dive sites. We have wreck diving, reef diving and
artificial reef diving with different skill levels from beginner to advanced diving. Water temps peak in the
low 80Fs in summer, and can drop to the low 70Fs in winter. Visibility is usually good, typically no less
than 50 feet, and you'll see more fish life than you might expect.
Florida Keys scuba diving & snorkeling charters and Key West scuba diving & snorkeling excursions will
take you out to the Florida Keys reef for world class diving and snorkeling in the mostly crystal clear and
calm turquoise blue waters. Florida Keys dive sites have hundreds of different kinds of Florida Keys
tropical fish along with the colorful hard and soft corals and other reef creatures. Diving in the Florida
Keys and diving in Key West are two of the most popular things to do in the Keys.
If you have always wanted to learn to dive, get your Padi, SSI or Naui certification in the Keys! We have
many dive shops with facilities, dive instructors and divemasters ready and equipped to train you from
beginner classes to instructor courses. Getting your certification in diving in the Florida Keys is perfect
because many Keys dive sites are shallow so they're ideal for beginner diving.
If you need to rent dive equipment, you won't have any trouble finding a dive shop to rent good, quality dive
gear. Don't want to dive but want to see the reef or go with someone that's diving? Most Florida Keys dive
shops offer snorkeling trips to the reef, too. And there are several boat charters just for snorkelers.
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