Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned veteran, Key Largo and the Florida Keys offer some of the most beautiful underwater sights to explore for scuba divers. Key Largo has had a rich and long history of marine conservation, prohibiting spear fishing, coral collection, and recently even hook and line fishing in designated areas. This conservation makes for some of the most friendly fish, which is great for underwater photographers and exploring scuba divers! Whether you’d like to explore the beautiful coral reefs, colorful fish, or mysterious shipwrecks, Key Largo scuba diving has it all.
Key Largo is home to several species of endangered sea turtles, including the loggerhead, hawksbill, and leatherback (the largest turtle and largest living reptile in the world). While scuba diving in Key Largo, you’ll also have a chance to see crawfish (spiny lobster), a species closely related to crab and shrimp. Crawfish are a great sight to see, and even better to eat – lobster season is August through March, with a two day mini season in July.
One of the most exciting parts of Key Largo scuba diving, is getting to explore the mysterious scattered shipwrecks. If you’re interested in checking out the shipwrecks located within the Florida Keys National Marine Life Sanctuary, you can check out their Shipwreck Trail online, which lists all of the ships that are available for exploration. Ships wrecked date from the early 1800’s down to more recent early 1980’s.
Key Largo scuba diving will also allow you to visit the many artificial reefs, made to attract marine life. In 2002, a retired US Navy ship (Spiegel Grove) was sunk in the waters near Key Largo. It was the largest vessel ever to be intentionally sunk for an artificial reef. A few other popular dive sites in Key Largo to explore is the Statue of Christ of the Abyss (a 8 ½ foot, 4,000 lb. bronze statue), the Molasses Reef, the Benwood Wreck, and Molasses Reef. Your Key Largo scuba diving vacation will be one to remember, with tons of marine life to explore.
Dove Creek Lodge, located just down the road from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park(a world renowned underwater national park), provides oceanfront hotel accommodations and sits just seconds from the most pristine waters in Key Largo, Florida. Contact us today to reserve your room and we can provide you with a list of top-rated scuba diving rental and tour companies to make your Key Largo scuba diving vacation in the Florida Keys one to remember.