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Diving

DIVING OFF KEY WEST AND THE LOWER FLORIDA KEYS

The Coral Reef

The 120 mile Florida Keys island chain is home to North America's only living coral barrier reef and provides a pristine home for millions of living specimens. Located just about 5 miles offshore and ashore boat ride on one of our vessels, snorkelers and scuba divers will find many locations to choose from to accommodate their snorkeling and diving experience. Be it a shallow reef snorkel dive or a deep water wreck scuba dive. One of our comfortable vessels with an experienced crew will take you there.

WE OFFER TRIPS TO VARIOUS LOCATION INCLUDING

LOOE KEY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

Looe Key N.MS. was established in 1990. It was named after the British ship HSM Looe that wrecked upon the reef in 1744. Looe Key is rated the #1 snorkel and dive destination in North AmerIca and #10 in the world. The reef is a classic spur and groove coral formation with depth ranges from 6" to 35'. Divers and snorkelers will enjoy a diverse population of tropical fish, turtles, eels, rays and living coral.

SAMBOS AND PELICAN REEF

Sambos and Pelican Reef is lesser known and less visited than Looe Key. It's smaller range offer all the same wide variety of marine life and coral formations. Pelican is one of our favorites to take young children to as well as new snorkelers. We can take you to some really nice shallow spots to get close to the tropical fish as long as no one touches the reef.

OUTER REEFS

Outer reefs offer slightly deeper dives with the same beautiful living coral and tropical marine life. These reefs are also less visited and sometime house much larger fish. The depth ranges from 35' to 60'. These depths are for scuba diving . A little too deep for good snorkeling.

LOCAL AREA WRECKS

JOE'S TUG

Joe's Tug is basically a wreck of a wreck. It is scattered in 60' to 75' and is a locals wreck. The many past hurricanes have caused this vessel to break up and move about and settle in and around hard and soft corals. There she lies at the bottom to house a variety of small and large fish.

CAYMAN SALVAGE MASTER

The Caymen is a 180' shell hull vessel. There are several stories of what she was originally used for, but her last days of life were spent carrying Cuban refugees during the Mariel boat lift in 1979. She was seized by the US government and sank at a Key West dock. After raising her she was designated for sinking in 300' for a sport fishing attraction. Well, in 1985 she did not make it to 300' and prematurely sank where she lies on the bottom in 90'.

ADOLPHUS BUSH

The 210' short-haul island freighter was intentionally sunk and lies on the bottom in 112' of water on December 5, 1998. She lies between world famous Looe Key and American Shoal. The wheelhouse is 70' structure with the main deck at 90'. On any given dive on the Bush you will find schools of bat fish, goliath grouper and a colorful spectrum of snappers, amber jacks, blue runners, barracuda, sharks and massive schools of juveniles.

USS VANDENBERG

The Vandenberg is the largest artificial reef made from a 520' steel hulled troop transport and missile track ship. She is a world class wreck in the Florida Keys. It was sunk in May of 2009. The wreck lies on the bottom at 140' with structures rising as far as 40' below there surface. Shallow structures include the 30' x 10' crows new and the great 40' dish antennas. Deeper to 140' you will find the 25' tall rudder and prop. There are four open decks at about 70' to 100' that have 8' x 10' openings allowing divers to swim horizontally along the length. Its a rather new wreck already teeming with marine life, inside and out.

 

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