Key Largo is quite possibly the single greatest dive site in world. The reefs are extraordinary with coral and sea life in variety and abundance. A number of wrecks a located near making diving interesting and historic.
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- +Turle Reef
Depth Range: 25 feet Experience Level: None to moderate Located at the northernmost site of the Key Largo Marine Sanctuary, most reef species are represented here. This site is relatively shallow, with its visibility usually good as its location protects it from the strong currents lying beyond, but tidal currents passing through Hawk Channel influence it.
- +Carysfort Reef
Depth Range: 35 to 70 feet Experience Level: None to moderate Because of its distance from the more central dive sites, comparatively few divers visit this reef although it is of exceptional interest and beauty offering a variety of dive options from shallow to deep dives. The shallow upper section of the reef abounds with marine life and is perfect for snorkelers.
- +Carysfort South
Depth Range: 20 feet Experience Level: None to moderate A natural extension of Carysfort Reef, similar in its configuration and displays a double reef structure. Its famous Elkhorn coral gardens make this reef a highly attractive location. South of the reef lies the remains of the H.M.S. Winchester, a 933 ton British man-of-war that sank in 1695 after running aground on the reef.
- +The Elbow
Depth Range: 12 to 35 feet Experience Level: None to high Named for the angular shape of the reef, it is a classic example of spurs and grooves meandering down the slope of the reef. The coral fingers are extremely well defined and are separated by level passages of clean sand; some of the spurs are high enough to be considered mini-walls. Corals and fish abound here but wrecks hold the secret to the appeal of this site. The Civil War Wreck, a 752-ton steamer sunk in 1866 has lovely fingers of Elkhorn coral situated at depths of 6 to 18 feet. The remains of two more wrecks, probably a tug and a barge are also scattered in this area.
- +Key Largo Dry Rocks
Depth Range: Shallow to 25 feet Experience level: None to moderate By far the most famous dive in the Key Largo Marine Sanctuary. The Statue of Christ of the Abyss rests on a concrete base located within a short canyon. This area is also celebrated for its marvelous specimens of brain coral and the eastern side of the reef displays classic coral fingers, which are rich in marine life. Smoky, the celebrated barracuda is a regular here. This area also includes Grecian Rocks, an extremely popular reef among snorkelers.
- +Grecian Rocks
Depth Range: 25 feet Experience Level: None to moderate Grecian Rocks is an exceptionally popular reef for snorkelers. The grass and sand on the backside provide good anchorage, and the shallow reef buffers the waves so the waters are very calm even on windy days. It is very easy for snorkelers to swim from the boat up to the reef line where the corals and brightly colored fish abound.
- +Christ of the Deep Statue
Depth Range: 25 Experience Level: None to moderate The Christ Statue was cast in Italy and donated to the Underwater Society of America by Egidi Cressi, an Italian industrialist and diving equipment manufacturer. It is a 9 foot tall bronze duplicate of the Christ of the Abyss statue, which stands in 50 feet of water off Genoa, Italy. This dramatic and memorable picture is one that most diving visitors to the Keys shouldn’t miss.
- +French Reef
Depth Range: Shallow to 100 feet Experience Level: Moderate to Advanced for deeper dives An exceptionally beautiful site, the ever-popular reef is crammed full of caves, canyons, ledges, tunnels and swim-throughs. French Reef is home to innumerable fish species.
- +Blue Hole
Depth Range: 30 to 70 feet Experience Level: None to moderate A relatively deep site, slopes gently from a depth of 30 feet down to the sandy seafloor, depth 70 feet. To find the Blue Hole itself, look for two sand chutes running from the slope of the reef to its base. South of the chutes a type of mound thrusts its way upwards out of a deep canyon. The seafloor is of clean sand, without the well-developed Staghorn and Elkhorn colonies observed elsewhere.
- +Molasses Reef
Depth Range: Shallow to 40 feet Experience Level: Moderate Reigns as the world’s most popular dive site. The reef comprises a classic spur and groove system, which begins near the surface and falls off gradually to a depth of 55 feet. It is washed by the Gulf Stream, so visibility is usually excellent. Impressive concentrations of marine flora and fauna cover just about the entire tropical reef spectrum.
- +The Benwood
Depth Range: 50 feet offshore, 20 feet Experience Level: None to High An English built cargo vessel lost in a tragic chain of events in 1942, the Benwood rests on a level expanse of sand noticeably lacking in coral growth, so apart from the wreck itself there is comparatively little to see. Its fractured stern lies directly beneath the marker at a depth of 2 feet, while its bow points offshore at a depth of 45 feet. The bow section looms up out of the sand, in contrast with the rest of the ship, which is almost completely submerged.
- +Bibb & Duane
Depth Range: 50 to 130 feet Experience Level: Advanced Twin 327 foot coast guard cutters were painstakingly sunk in 1987 as part of an artificial reef program sponsored by the Keys Association of Dive Operators. The Duane, more frequently dived because of her depth, lies upright with a slight list to starboard at a depth of about 100 feet. The Bibb overturned while sinking and lies on her starboard side; you will begin to reach the ship’s exterior at a depth of 95 feet. With extremely powerful currents you may occasionally have to postpone your dive.