Wrecks & Reefs: KEY LARGO WRECK & REEF LISTING

Only a one hour and fifteen minute drive South of Miami and you will come to the drawbridge at Jewfish Creek. When you cross this bridge you will find yourself in Key Largo, the first island of the Florida Keys. This chain of coral islands is legendary for its lore of pirates and sunken treasure, but today countless visitors have discovered the real treasure of Florida Keys lies just offshore, its world-class diving and snorkeling. The waters offshore of Key Largo offer some of the best diving in the world. Visitors to Key Largo quickly understand why it is the "Dive Capital of the World".

Key Largo was one of the first areas in the world to dive into conservation of its marine habitat. John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park was founded in 1960 and the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary was created in 1975. As a result, the reef has been protected for more than four decades. This protection has provided a uniquely rich coral environment where the 600 species of tropical fish are numerous and friendly - a veritable paradise for diver and snorkeler.

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 Blue Grotto Other Intermediate 70'  13 ratings:   
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Blue Grotto is actually a sinkhole with great visibility year round. Depths reach 100 ft. Upon entering the sink you will encounter a very large cavern with writing on the walls. At a depth of 30 feet there is a fresh air bell so you can take off your mask and breath some fresh air. Continuing down, there is a large shaft that slopes down at a 90 degree angle. At around 90 feet you will encounter silt that can be easily stirred up. There are lights at 30 ft to illuminate the cavern. The owner, is very friendly and also manufactures dive, wreck and video lights
 Devil's Den Other Intermediate 70'  13 ratings:   
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Visit one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den -- an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil's Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C. The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder.
 Jupiter
 Cage Free Shark Dive Other Advanced 120'  13 ratings:   
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Feel the rush! Adrenaline guaranteed with swarms of Lemon, Bull, Hammerhead and Tiger sharks. This is a 3 location dive with lunch included. Nitrox with Advanced or higher certification required. For experienced divers only. Safety sausage mandatory. This is a shark feeding scenario. First deep ledge at 120' drifting, second and third dive at 85' stationary.
Due to the limited number of spaces on this trip, we have a 7 day cancellation policy.

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 Goliath Grouper Spawning Wreck Intermediate 80'  13 ratings:   
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Goliath Grouper mating season is not to be missed. Come peek at this auspicious and rare event where 60 to 80 massive Goliath Groupers jostle amongst each other to find the perfect mate. Advanced certification necessary, Nitrox suggested. Bring your widest angle lenses!
 Lemon Shark Drift Dive Reef Intermediate 85'  13 ratings:   
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The newly discovered Lemon Shark migration makes for a thrilling drift dive. Though elusive, they can be spotted throughout the winter. Dozens of big Reef, Bull, Nurse and Grey sharks, and the occasional Great Hammerhead, regularly patrol the 60' to 90' ledge. Massive Loggerhead Turtles and Goliath Groupers jostle for pole position, so get your cameras and GoPro's ready for a remarkable day trip. Safety sausage required.
 Key West
 USS Vandenberg Wreck Advanced 140'  13 ratings:   
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The worlds second largest wreck is about to be sunk for Scuba Divers and marine life any day now. At over 520 feet and 13,000 tons, this will be among the largest ships ever intentionally sunk for this purpose. It will be the largest wreck in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This ship will become a world-class diving destination, but it will also offer many other benefits to the environment and to education and research. Meticulously cleaned and prepared, the vessel will become a habitat and breeding site for countless marine species. Due to its distance from Miami Beach we will be offering overnight trips twice a month all summer long. The USS Vandenberg trips do not receive the 10% on line booking discount at this time.

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 Looe Key
 Looe Key Reef Beginner 35'  13 ratings:   
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Here angelfish boldly swim right to a diver's facemask, and more varieties of tropical marine species are found than perhaps anywhere else in the hemisphere. One unusual aspect of Looe Key is that a complete reef ecosystem is found here, from a rubble ridge of ancient fossilized corals, to a reef flat comprised of turtle grass, to a fore reef made up of large star and brain corals arranged in a spur-and-groove coral formation sloping from 20 to 40 feet. There is even a deep reef which slopes to more than 100 feet, providing a spectacular opportunity to view the pelagic species of the Florida Keys, including eagle rays, turtles and even the rare and wonderful whale shark or manta ray on occasion. Every year in the summer the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce celebrates the world famous Underwater Music Festival, which combines diving with Ocean themed music of many genres and artist's renditions of whimsical underwater instruments. A must see unique diving experience!
 Marathon
 Adolphus Busch Wreck Advanced 108'  13 ratings:   
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The Ocean Alley, renamed the Adolphus Busch I, was purchased from Port Au Prince, Haiti, by Looe Key Artificial Reef Associates and Adolphus Busch, the grandson of the founder of the Anheuser-Busch empire. Busch, who is an avid diver and fisherman, gave $200,000 towards the purchasing and sinking of the ship. Four years ago, he found that the choice dive spots in the lower Keys were getting too crowded, and that's why he got involved with the Looe Key Artificial Reef Association program with a long term plan to help preserve the marine habitat. The 210-foot Motor cargo vessel was sunk on December 5, 1998. The ship sits upright in 108 feet of water off Looe Key.
 Riviera Bridge
 Blue Heron Bridge Reef Beginner 15'  0 ratings:   
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One of the premiere shore diving locations in all of South Florida is actually on the Intracoastal Waterway just inside of the Lake Worth Inlet, The Blue Heron Bridge diving is a macro photographer's dream! There's seahorses, pipefish, decorator crabs, batfish, and other rare and exotic species of sea life, all in a relatively small area and all at depths ranging from 6 to 16 feet.

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