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Experience the stunning underwater world of diving in Key West. The blue waters surrounding the Southernmost City offer world class wreck diving. Gen.
Hoyt S. Vandenberg intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in 140 feet of water, seven miles off Key West. The Vandenberg is the second largest ship purposely sunk as an artificial reef.
The Cayman Salvager was a 180 foot buoy tender and was intentionally sunk in 1985 to make an artificial reef. She is sitting upright and has cavernous open holds providing shelter for some large
marine life. Joe’s Tug is a classic tugboat that sits upright in 65 feet of water.
Major certifications are accepted by the local dive shops, but be sure to bring your card with you. There are several charters that cater to scuba divers only,
and many that take both divers and snorkelers. Nitrox diving, and instruction, are also available in the area.
Certification courses and resort courses can be scheduled in many locations.
Both SCUBA divers and snorkelers find that the primary destination for an excursion around Key West is Sand Key Lighthouse Reef. This 10 mile reef system, marked by
a large iron lighthouse,
has coral formations of varying depths.
Ten Fathom Ledge is known for its caves and dramatic overhangs that provide shelter for all kinds of marine life, including lobsters and grouper. Kedge Ledge is a patch reef whose main attraction is the remains
of a pair of coral encrusted anchors from 18th century sailing vessels.
Looe Key Reef Marine Sanctuary, a large and spur reef,
is located only 30 miles offshore of Big Pine Key.
The Atocha, discovered by Mel Fisher off the Marquesas Keys, is in a different category from the rest. Mel searched for this Spanish wreck for years and when his team finally found it, they brought up a fortune in gold,