Scuba diving in Florida Keys
Florida keys is a chain of coral reef islands. It
is considered the diving capital of the world. The islands
were known as pirates and sunken treasures home, but the
real treasure is what Florida Keys dive sites offers. It is
home to the only living coral reef in the in North America.
The variety of Florida Keys dive sites suits all levels of
expertise. Most of dive sites are minutes away from the
Florida Keys’ marine life is rich with abundant of
fish, from impressive schools of blue-striped grunts to
toothy green moray eels and many more.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Florida Keys dive
centers for safety, additional information, level required
for each dive site and without being accompanied by a
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: 27°C (80 ° F)
Average Water surface temperature: 24° C (75° F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 30
feet to 50 feet (9 Meters to 16 Meters)
Coldest time: January - December
Warmest time: July - August
Possible to dive all year round.
Florida Keys is a divers favorite destination, for
its dive sites and marine life variety. Wreck diving has
become popular in the recent years and Florida Keys is
famous for both artificial and historical wrecks. Florida
Keys wrecks are home to several kinds of corals, sponges and
many kinds of marine life and dozens of wrecks are waiting
for you to explore. Shallow and deep reefs attract visitors
with their intricate coral formations.
Florida keys most famous islands are Islamorada, Key
Largo, Key West and Marathon. Each of these islands offers
different a adventure for you.
Islamorada is actually consist of four islands
Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper and Lower Matecumbe keys,
and Long Key. Diving in Islamorada offers both reef and
wreck diving. Many dive sites are great for snorkeling and
shallow dives. Reefs in this area are home to various kinds
of tropical aqua life. Reefs are covered with coral heads in
beautiful colors, schools of French grunt and goatfish
inhabits the area. And it is likely to have the opportunity
of swimming with dolphins and stingrays and a more unusual
Key Largo is the northern island of the Florida Keys
island chain. It is home to the world’s largest artificial
reef; the 510 foot USS Spiegel Grove. It’s also known for
its shallow reefs and deep wrecks. Scuba divers of all ages
and skill levels will enjoy exploring the best coral reefs
and wreck diving found in the world. Key Largo represents
most of the reef species with the most beautiful and
brightest colors, this is why it is considered the paradise
for underwater photographers and they are waiting for you to
Key West is located in the Florida strait, only 90
miles from Cuba. The clear azure waters of the Atlantic and
Gulf of Mexico offer unequaled diving opportunity. You are
going to spend wonderful time exploring the beauty of the
dive sites for it have the only living coral reef in the
U.S. Most of the reefs are minutes away from shore along the
south side of the island in the Key West Marine Park.
Lower Keys has the finest tropical weather and is
also famous for having the loveliest and most prolific reefs
in the Keys. Key West is the least developed island and the
most natural one. Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary is one
of Key West's prime diving destinations. It is home to
variety of both coral structure and marine life.
Marathon, also called The Heart of the Keys,
is located in the middle of the Florida Keys island chain
which making it the perfect vacation destination for
excursions both north and south. It offers a diversity of
dive sites, wrecks (both modern and historic), coral reefs,
and drops are only minutes away from shore. Marathon dive
sites are suitable for all levels.