Scuba diving in Key West
Key West is one of the most attractive islands in the
Florida Keys chain of islands. Diving in Key West's warm
waters is what makes it a unique place. Key West meets all
divers expectations by offering drift, shallow, deep and
multiple wrecks diving. Enjoy diving the only living coral
reef in the United States located only few miles away from
Key West shores. Key West diving sites are the best in the
Caribbean, they are home to
abundant of underwater life
including schools of grunts, jewfish, morays and all kinds
Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter
the water without checking with
Key West dive centres for
safety, additional information, level required for each dive
site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: From 23°C to 29°C( 75° F -85° F)
Average Water surface temperature: 24° C ( 76 ° F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 60-100
feet ( 18-30 meters )
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: August
Possible to dive all year round.
Key West dive sites vary from reef to wreck dives. This
diversity of dive sites gives you the opportunity to enjoy
all levels of diving. Key West's most popular dive spots
like Sand Key, Joe's Tug and Cayman Salvager are home to
variety of aqua life such as hogfish, angelfish, groupers,
pork fish, sheep head and snappers. The clear waters and
great visibility at Key West dive sites is quite
astonishing, it allows you to easily observe underwater life
at very deep locations.
Some of Key West dive sites.
Alexander's Wreck is located at depth range from 25 to 40
feet (8 to 12 meters). The wreck was the US Navy destroyer
escort "USS Amesbury". It was sunk in the year 1927 to form
an artificial reef. After a hurricane happened in the early
1960s it was broken in half. Now the wreck is covered with
oysters and corals and makes a great home for many
underwater life including hogfish, angelfish, groupers, pork
fish, sheep head, snappers, and spadefish.
Sand Key is a great snorkeling location. It is at a depth of
35 - 75 feet (11 - 23 meters). It is located about seven
miles southwest of Key West. Its calm water makes it a great
dive site for beginners. Mooring buoys mark this beautiful
dive site. This site gets its beauty from corals and small
shells laying on its sands. The reef around the island has
several rock fingers and gullies and is home to grouper,
barracuda, and loggerhead turtles. Elkhorn and fire coral
also grow in the area.
Cayman Salvager is a ship that sank unexpectedly in the year
1979 while sitting at the dock, then was raised and sunk
again in 1985 to form an artificial reef. And now it is in
80 - 90 feet (24 - 27 meters) of water. Many kinds of sea
life frequent the area, bar jacks, schools of silversides,
jewfish and green moray eel are seen in this site.
Aquanaut located at about 1/2 mile ( 0.8 km)south of the
Western Sambo, at a depth of 70 - 75 feet (21 - 23 meters).
This wooden tug sank in the year 1967, and now it sits
upright on the sand of the reef. Abundant sea life are seen
in the area including spiny oysters, arrow crab and mahogany
At a depth of 45 - 65 feet (14 - 20 meters) sits the
mysteriously sank tugboat named Joe's Tug. It was torn in
half by the Hurricane Georges in 1998. Now it forms a
beautiful artificial reef. This site is easily entered and
is usually filled with schooling fish. The tugboat is
covered with both soft and hard corals. This area makes a
great home for moray eels, inquisitive fish and jewfish.
This site suits both beginner and experienced divers.
Marquesas Reef Line is a reef located six miles south of the
Marquesas Keys which are ten mangrove islands in shallow
waters. It is at 40 - 70 feet (12 - 21 meters) deep. Large
snapper and grouper are seen in this site.
Nine Foot Stake is at a depth of 15 - 30 feet (5 - 9
meters). You will enjoy discovering and photographing this
beautiful shallow reef. It makes agreat home for many kinds
of aqua life such as brain coral, Spanish hogfish, yellow
goatfish, and blue tags as well as large barracudas. Due to
its location this site is great for night diving.
Rock Key is located one mile east of Sand Key at a depth of
15 - 35 feet (5 - 11 meters). This shallow reef is best for
snorkeling and it is easily accessible from Key West. This
reef is formed by a Spanish ship wreck sank in the1800s.
Long fingers of coral grow on this reef. The site suits all
levels of expertise.
Ten-Fathom Bar is one of Florida Keys mini wall dive sites.
The wall begins at 25 feet (8 meters) deep and drops to 130
feet (40 meters). Eagle rays, porcupine fish, spiny lobster
as well as many other tropical fish frequent the area. The
area is famous for human-sized barrel sponges and black
coral growing in it .
Eastern Dry Rocks is at a depth of 15 - 35 feet (5 - 11
meters). This site is formed by an old galleon covered with
large corals. Lobsters among many other kinds frequent the