Many ask us, “what is Key Largo scuba diving like? Well it is many things to many people, but the one thing that always comes out is…”Marine Life”. Our divers constantly tell us that the marine life here is as good as it gets in the Caribbean, better even! The Keys has always been known for the schooling fishes; Snappers, Grunts, Goatfish, Parrotfish, Spadefish, Jacks, Minnows…and I’m sure I’m leaving some out but you get the picture.
Now that all of the Florida Keys are a Federally protected sanctuary, the marine life here has gotten even more abundant! When many places in the Caribbean are unfortunately struggling with conservation programs and marine life is under siege from over-fishing, the Florida Keys has enjoyed the protections that come with being one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world! This has paid dividends for Key Largo scuba diving, as well as for all water activities in the Florida Keys! With bait fish stocks rising due to fishing limits, and with the Sanctuary Preservation areas being completely off limits for spear fishing or line fishing, the fish populations are indeed flourishing!
Key Largo scuba diving is mostly about beautiful reefs with diverse and abundant marine life. Most of the diving is shallow reef, 25 – 50 foot range, which makes for good bottom time! At Sea Dwellers Dive Center we offer a bit over and hour at each dive site, excluding the deeper wrecks. The waters are usually clear and blue and offer scuba divers a range of dive adventures on our many reef dives and wrecks. The subtropical climate provides approximately 340 sunny days each year and the dive conditions are usually good to great year-round. So come on down any time of year, the diving is great and the critters are waiting!
There are many diverse dive sites in Key Largo. We offer wrecks, reefs and night dives. Of course, the number one attraction in the Florida Keys is the marine life. And there is plenty of it! The Keys has always been known for it’s schooling fishes, but because the entire Florida Keys benefit from the protections of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary our reefs are home to a large population of many fish that you unfortunately just can’t find in the Carribbean anymore. Fish such as grouper, snapper, snook, yellowtail…just some of the species known for tasting good…are found in abundance in Key Largo. This is one of the main reasons why scuba divers return year after year for Key Largo scuba diving!
Key Largo scuba diving would be incomplete without a visit to the famous “Christ of the Abyss”. This beautiful landmark was placed in approximately 25 feet of water off Key Largo Florida on Key Largo Dry Rocks on August 25 1965. The reef lies approximately six miles North east of Key Largo, Florida Keys, in what was then part of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. While the statue weighs around 400 pounds, the concrete base to which it is attached weighs about 20,000 pounds.
The Park contains a wide variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. While the mangroves and tropical hammocks offer visitors a unique and interesting experience, it is the coral reefs and the marine life which calls it home that most people come to experience. The coral reefs of Key Largo and the Florida Keys are among the most diverse of all ecosystems on the planet!
Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo offers daily charters. So call us anytime to begin your Key Largo scuba diving Adventure!