Diving & Snorkelling in Key Largo

Prepare to be drawn into a whole new world - a world of tropical hardwoods, winding creeks and sparkling blue waters teeming with colourful sea life, beautiful coral reefs and dreamy underwater treasures. The turquoise colour of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the emerald green waters of Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico on the other. This is Key Largo, home to the only living coral barrier reef in the US and the third largest in the world - an island paradise of tropical ambience and natural beauty.

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We have many diving schools that cater specifically to your ability. Whether its your first time diving or you are an experienced member of PADI everyone is welcome.

I have no experience but can I scuba dive in Key Largo?

Yes, no problem!

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The Diving Capital of the world

The treasure of Key Largo lies under the ocean’s surface, amidst the fragile, colorful coral reefs, unique shipwrecks and diverse marine life with over 500 different species of fish, from the impressive schools of blue-striped Grunts to toothy green Moray Eels. It is here you will discover some of the best diving in the world and get a true sense of why Key Largo is known as ‘The Diving Capital of the World’.

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There is a long list of coral reefs and beautiful dive sites. Join us as we share with you the best of the best:

  • Christ of the Abyss - Shallow to 25’ – Level: Novice
    This famed bronze statue is the highlight of John Pennekamp Park and the most visited underwater dive site in the world. Known for its giant brain coral specimens, the nine-foot statue of Jesus Christ rests gracefully under 20 feet of water, rising close enough to the water’s surface to be viewed by both snorkelers and divers.

  • Molasses Reef – 10’ to 70’ – Level: Novice
    The massive brain coral heads and pillar corals of the tongue-and-spur Molasses Reef is possibly one of the most beautiful collection of reefs in Florida, offering both excellent snorkeling and diving amidst a variety of tropical marine life, including Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays and Caribbean Reef Sharks.

  • The Elbow (Wreck Reef) - 12’ to 35’ - Level: Novice
    This reef offers several historic shipwrecks, as well as face-to-face encounters with friendly Moray Eels and Barracuda. Shallow crystal clear waters make this a perfect site to learn how to dive and a great site for underwater photography!

  • City of Washington - 15' to 25' – Level: Novice
    The remains of this 320’ ship are scattered on the ocean floor of Wreck Reef - a famous site for the beauty of the reef and the abundance of marine life and colorful tropical fish. Great for snorkeling and diving.

  • Benwood Wreck - 50' offshore to 20' inshore – Level: Novice to Intermediate
    Dive among huge schools of Grunt and Porkfish on this casualty of World War II, a 360’ shipwreck with clear visibility and loaded with marine life! This is a premier shallow dive good for both snorkeling and diving and is a popular night dive site.

  • French Reef – Shallow to 100’ - Level: Novice to Advanced
    Known for its swim-through reef formations, shallow caves within the large coral heads and resident southern Sting Rays, this is a very popular dive site. Explore the hidden sea-life of the many tunnels and caves. One of the most spectacular reef areas in the Florida Keys.

  • Bibb & Duane – 50' to 130' - Level: Advanced
    These twin 327’ Coast Guard cutters lay close together, cloaked in colorful coral and surrounded by large Barracudas. The strong currents and deep waters make this an exciting advanced level dive. Both sites can be explored on the same dive.

  • Speigel Grove – 40' to 135' - Level: Advanced
    This is the largest artificial reef in the world and is home to incredible marine life. Speigel Grove is a wreck not to be missed! A 510’ vessel that sits upright in 130 feet of water, this wreck requires at least six dives to circumnavigate her once and is only for experienced divers - not to be explored alone! A good site to discover on a guided dive with an experienced instructor.

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Diving Schools in Key Largo, Florida

Here in the 'Diving Capital of the World,' you can expect only the best dive shops and diving professionals offering all levels of instruction, training, and scuba and snorkeling tours.

PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Facility (305) 451-6322 or (877) 727-5348.
Emocean Sports (305) 453-9881 or (800) 809-9881
Quiescence Diving Services (305) 451-2440
Ocean Divers (800) 451-1113
Divers Direct (305) 451-0118
Key Largo Dive Center (305) 451-5844
Islamorada Dive Center (305) 664-3483  
Sea Dwellers Dive Center (305) 451-3640
Keys Diver (305) 451-1177
Rainbow Reef Dive Center (305) 451-7171