Scuba diving in Longboat Key
Longboat Key is in Sarasota County. Its special location
in the Gulf of Mexico makes it easy to access a variety of
dive sites in the area. Longboat Key's calm and warm water
allows you to enjoy all kinds of water sports in the area.
You will have a great opportunity to watch
many kinds of
aqua life inhabit this area.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Longboat Key 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: Between 23°C (75° F)
Average Water surface temperature: Between 25° C - 31° C
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 60-100
feet (18-30 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
Longboat Key is famous for having some of the finest beaches
in the Gulf of Mexico. Its center location between the Gulf
of Mexico and Tampa bay makes it open to a wide diversity of
dive sites; which gives you the opportunity to enjoy a
variety of under water life. Snorlkelers and scuba divers
would like to practice their diving skills in its clear &
calm water. The County of Sarasota has some of the most
famous wrecks and reefs, deployed in Longboat Key dive sites; make sure you don't miss them.
Some dive sites near Longboat Key.
The Bay Ronto is a British freighter that sank in 1919
during a hurricane. The wreck lies in 100 feet (30 meters)
of water. It is now a popular spot for scuba diving. The
ship lies upside down and home to abundant sea life
including snapper, large barracuda, schools of amberjack and
jewfish. This is a beautiful site to be photographed.
Many artificial reefs were deployed in the area to be home
to may kinds of aqua life. It consists of concrete culverts
and rubble, barges and boxcars. A wide variety of colorful
sponges and corals grow in these sites. Several Us Army
Tanks were sunk to become an artificial dive site and it
attracts large fish.
The Gulf area has beautiful natural reefs as well. These
reefs are home to beautiful tropical fish and amberjack,
grouper, hogfish and jewfish. The ledges are incrusted with
beautiful sponges with many colors pink, orange and yellow.