LOWER KEYS FLORIDA SCUBA DIVING

Matecumbe Key, Long and Duck Keys, Marathon, Big Pine, Torch Keys, Sugarloaf & Key West.

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SCUBA DIVING Key West, lower Florida Keys

Offers some of the best Florida diving.

But there’s more to the lower keys than Key West. The lower Florida Keys also include: Lower Matecumbe Key, Long Key, Duck Key, Vaca Key, Marathon, No Name Key, Big Pine and the Torch Keys, Sugarloaf Key and the Saddlebunch Keys. Although the area of the Lower Keys is the least developed area in the island chain (until Key West), a dive trip to the Florida Keys would not be complete without a trip to the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary. This combination of outside and patch reefs hold about 150 species of fish and fifty kinds of coral formations. The sanctuary designation of this reef means that all spear fishing, tropical fish and shell collecting are strictly forbidden. From the lower keys, it’s possible to get to all of the major wrecks in the area, including Joe’s Tug, the Cayman Salvage Master, and Adolphus Busch, intentionally sunk about three miles west of Looe Key. Key West scuba diving is perhaps what most come for. The renowned U.S.S. Vandenberg is a medium boat ride from Key West. This world class wreck is over 520 ft. in length and sits in 145 ft. of water. Currents can be vicious on this wreck and it’s one for advanced divers only due to depth ceilings. Check with dive charters as conditions often cause dive cancellations. Most of the lower Keys and Key West scuba charters are reputable and will offer a somewhat similar service. However there are important differences. Some boats are very large, which allow for some shade and space to move around, while other smaller “six-packs” may offer a more flexible itinerary in terms of custom destinations and speed for more experienced divers who know what they want. Check out the Scuba Schedules calendar to find out who’s going where on any particular day. Remember to get to the dock early – and tell them that Scuba Schedules sent you! We hope you enjoy your scuba diving trip to Key West and the rest of the Florida Keys. Dive safely!~

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