The Dive Sites
By Sean Clarke / February 26, 2018

Dive Sites

Ocean Divers is lucky to have a huge variety of diving on sites that are a short boat ride away. Our reef dives are mostly within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary or Pennekamp State Park which are protected areas that offer opportunity for encounters with turtles, southern stingrays, goliath groupers, and more. It’s the...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

USCG Duane

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.7083 Average Depth: 95 ft. Max Depth: 130 ft. The History… The USCG Duane is a 329-foot Coast Guard cutter that was decommissioned on August 1st, 1985, as the oldest active U.S. military vessel. The ship was intentionally sunk on November 27, 1987, to create an artificial reef. This ship was sunk deep down to ensure...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

USCG Bibb

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.5 Average Depth: 95 ft. Max Depth: 130 ft. The History… The USS Bibb wreck is a former Coast Guard ship built in 1937. The Bibb served in patrols and as a convoy escort during World War II. She took part in the invasion of Okinawa and was in service in Vietnam. The 327-foot vessel had...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

Spiegel Grove

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.8214 Average Depth: 80 ft. Max Depth: 130 ft. The History… The largest vessel ever intentionally sunk is the USS Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot landing ship dock. To give a better visual understanding of the immensity of this ship, she is roughly equivalent in length to two football fields. The Spiegel Grove was named after President...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

Snapper Ledge

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.5385 Average Depth: 20 ft. Max Depth: 25 ft. The History… Snapper Ledge is a shallow reef in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo. Because of the countless Yellowtail Snapper (hence the name) found at the site, this ledge is a local favorite and a highly recommended dive spot. Often, the schools of fish...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

Pickles Reef

Fast Facts Average Rating: 3.75 Average Depth: 15 ft. Max Depth: 25 ft. The History… Pickles is a large, shallow reef area where divers and snorkelers can view well-formed corals. The name comes from cement-filled pickle barrels sunk here during the Civil War. These barrels are now covered with the largest pillar corals in the Keys. Numerous ledges and crevasses...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

North Dry Rocks / Minnow Cave

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.75 Average Depth: 10 ft. Max Depth: 15 ft. The History… Minnow Cave is one of the best-known coral caves in the Florida Keys, and is home to many of the namesake species. The cave is part of the Northern Dry Rocks, which is a shallow reef with depths up to fifteen feet. The reef is...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

Molasses Reef

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.3529 Average Depth: 15 ft. Max Depth: 40 ft. The History… This is arguably the most beautiful collection of reefs in all of Florida! Rather than a single site, Molasses is an extensive reef complex with diving depths from about 10 feet to more than 70. At depths ranging from 10-40 feet, Molasses Reef features high...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 26, 2018

The Hannah M. Bell (Mike’s Wreck)

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.3333 Average Depth: 20 ft. Max Depth: 25 ft. The History… The 315-foot long, 42-foot wide steel-hulled steamship was built in northeast England in 1893 and named for the woman who christened it. Prior to its demise, the ship made frequent transatlantic trips between Europe, the U.S., Caribbean and South American...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

Grecian Rocks

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.1429 Average Depth: 10 ft. Max Depth: 25 ft. The History… About 3/4 of a mile south-southwest of the Christ of the Deep lay Grecian Rocks. Mooring Buoys marked with a, “G” outline this shallow reef which is a prime location for snorkeling. The 4 to 6 foot depth in many...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

French Reef

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.625 Average Depth: 15 ft. Max Depth: 100 ft. The History… French Reef is one of the most spectacular reef areas in the Florida Keys. There are dozens of ledges, tunnels, and caves to explore; most large enough to swim through. French Reef is northeast of Molasses Reef and is marked...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

Elbow Reef

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.5 Average Depth: 20 ft. Max Depth: 55 ft. The History… Elbow Reef is a popular dive spot because of its beautiful reefs that have grown up around some very old shipwrecks. The Gulf Stream passes closer to Elbow than many other Key Largo reefs which means in exchange for a...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

City of Washington

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.4286 Average Depth: 20 ft. Max Depth: 25 ft. The History… One of the most popular wreck spots on Elbow Reef is the City of Washington. This schooner turned steamship was built in 1877 with two masts and a small engine. She had three decks, a length of 320 feet, and...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

Christ of the Abyss

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.05 Average Depth: 25 ft. Max Depth: 60 ft. The History… Christ of the Abyss is a 8 1/2 foot, 4,000 pound bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ that stands in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo, Florida. It is located near Dry Rocks, about six miles east-northeast of the...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

Carysfort Lighthouse

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.6 Average Depth: 5 ft. Max Depth: 80 ft. The History… The Carysfort Lighthouse marks the main body of the four mile long Carysfort Reef system. The lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse of its type in the United States. It’s an impressive 112 foot tall structure constructed in 1852. Carysfort...

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By Andrea Saldivar / February 24, 2018

Benwood Wreck

Fast Facts Average Rating: 4.1667 Average Depth: 30 ft. Max Depth: 55 ft. The History… Located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is the SS Benwood. This 360-foot long, 51-foot wide 1910 English-built ship sailed a crew of 38 with 12 rifles and one four-inch gun. The actual sinking of the Benwood, which occurred...

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