Average Depth: 20 ft.
Max Depth: 35 ft.
Sombrero Reef: The area’s name is derived from the 142′ lighthouse which is located in the northern section of the SPA region. This large reef is a good example of a standard spur and groove coral reef formation. It also has one area in particular that’s a huge favorite with anyone snorkeling or scuba diving Florida Keys.
The innovative screw-pile lighthouse is still fully functional and in service. A gathering of 11 mooring buoys are located on the ocean side (south side) of the light. With a depth range of 5-35 feet, this spot is great for divers of all levels and snorklers too.
Sombrero Reef is one of the largest and surely the most magnificent coral reefs in the Middle Keys, home to some of the best spur and groove reef formations in all the Keys. The amount of coral is breath-taking. As soon as you descend, gorgonians, brain, finger and lettuce corals can be seen. Schools of colorful tropicals, southern stingrays and nurse sharks make their home on this reef. Large barracuda hang out by the lighthouse structure. The coral limestone has an “Arch” which is large enough to swim through.
The reef is a Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) and strictly regulated. Fishing as well as lobstering are strictly prohibited. Divers are reminded to look but not touch so that this spectacular reef will be preserved.
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