Here you will find snorkeling tours, scuba tours, glassbottom boat tours and boat rentals. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is at mile marker 102.5 on the Overseas Highway from the mainland.
Divers come here from around the world to explore Florida’s living reefs. The 66 square mile park has a beach, camping facilities, and areas for fishing, swimming and picnicking.
Drift diving involves descending while drifting with the current. After getting a good easy look at the reef, you surface and get picked up by the boat.
Tavernier has been voted the top dive destination in North America by Scuba Diving Magazine. An excellent guide for dive tours is Conch Republic Divers, in Tavernier. They specialize in drift diving. They also dive major wrecks in the area like the U.S. Coast Cutter Duane and the Eagle.
Here you will find some very pristine diving conditions. Southeast of Duck Key a few miles, are the remains of a wooden-hull ship. This is believed to be the Adelaide Baker, a three-masted schooner now destroyed and spread over the ocean floor.
Popular with divers, it sits in 20 feet of water and remnants are scattered over a square quarter-mile area.Lost and Found Reef is known for its vast dense schools of goatfish. A few miles south of Duck Key is the Boiler Patch, home to the remains of the 1889 steam-powered freighter; home to a large variety of sea life and coral.
The sanctuary is named for the 1744 wreck of the H.M.S. Looe, which remains on the ocean floor for divers to explore. The sanctuary is also popular for snorkeling because the coral tops are an easy free dive and the marine life is easily viewed while snorkeling.
Sand Key is a very popular reef destination off Key West. Both snorkelers and divers can enjoy the abundance of marine life and coral. Two local dive shops that can set you up for your dive are Dive Key West and Subtropic Dive Center.