Dive Site List inclucing GPS Coordinates for the Florida Keys

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Not all dive sites in the Florida Keys have a marker. I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of the most popular dive spots and include the GPS coordinates along with the depth and a little information about the place. Now all you have to do is pick the places you want to dive, plug in the GPS coordinates and enjoy the beauty there.

KEY LARGO

BENWOOD - Depth: 25 to 55 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 25'03.161 N - 080'20.020 W. This 285' long English built ship sank in 1942 during WWII.

BIBB - Depth: 95 to 130 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24' 59.710 N - 080'22.770 W. The USCG Bibb wreck is a 327' vessel with a beam of 41' and her keep was 13' beneath the waterline. This dive site is part of the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Program.

CARYSFORT REEF LIGHTHOUSE - Depth: 5 to 60 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 25'13.314 N - 080'12.690 W. This is the oldest functioning lighthouse of it’s kind in the Florida Keys and the US. It’s named for the frigate the HMS Carysfort that ran aground in 1770.

CHRIST OF THE ABYSS - Depth 25' - Experience: Beginner - Coordinates: 25'07.450 N and 080'17.800 W. This is one of the most visited sites on the planet. More than 200 weddings have taken place here.

DUANE - Depth: 95 to 130 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'59.380 N and 080'22.920 W. This 329' Artificial Reef was reefed in 1987. Beware of the strong currents.

MOLASSES REEF - Depth: 10 to 100 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 25'00.579 N - 080'22.471 W. The shallow water is in the northern end and the drop off to deeper water is in the southern end of this dive site.

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NORTH DRY ROCKS - MINNOW CAVE - Depth: 10 to 15 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 25'07.840 N - 080'17.660 W. Minnow cave is a coral cave full of minnows.

PICKLES REEF - Depth: 12 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'59.170 N - 080'24.940 W. This is a great shallow dive site for snorkelers.

SNAPPER LEDGE - Depth: 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'58.920 N - 080'25.300 W. This dive site seems to attract hoards of yellowtail snapper.

SPIEGEL GROVE - Depth: 80 to 130 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'04.000 N - 080'18.660 W. This 510 feet ship is part of the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Program. A great dive site!

TURTLE REEF - Depth: 25' - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 25'16.927 N - 080'12.425 W. This is a beautiful patch reef with coral heads 15' tall.

WINCHESTER - Depth: 15 to 30 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 25'12.178 N - 080'13.516 W. This dive site is the H.M.S. Winchester, a 145 foot British man of war ship.



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ALEXANDER BARGE - Depth: 80 to 105 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 25'51.700 N - 080'34.100 W. This dive site is a barge that’s 120' long and 40' wide. It’s part of the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Project.

ALLIGATOR REEF - Depth: 8 to 75 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'51.779 N - 080'37.339 W. This dive site has a 136' lighthouse tower. It’s a large reef system.

ALMIRANTA - Depth: 14 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'48.633 N - 080'45.932 W. This ship was a 60 cannon Spanish Galleon. She was loaded with hundreds of boxes of silver coins.

AQUARIUS UNDERWATER LABORATORY - Depth: 50 to 60 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'57.000 N - 080'27.130 W. This underwater laboratory is active and owned by NOAA. Scientists, saturation divers and astronauts all use this underwater lab.

BRICK BARGE - Depth: 20 to 28 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'56.070 N - 080'32.980 W. This is an small steel ship that sank in WWII.

CANNABIS CRUISER - Depth: 85 to 108 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'49.504 N - 080'38.590 W. Locals call this the Pot Wreck. It was a 75' drug smuggling trawler that sank in the late 1970's.

CHAVES - Depth: 10 to 20 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'56.179 N - 080'34.985 W. This ship sank during a hurricane in 1733 along with 21 other ships.

CHEECA ROCKS - Depth: 10 to 15 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'54.245 N - 080'36.885 W. This dive site is a Sanctuary Preserve Area. You can’t take anything, but you can still enjoy a great snorkel there.

Divers CONCH REEF - Depth: 2 to 106 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'57.110 N - 080'27.564 W. If you’re into seeing a variety of beautiful corals this is the dive site for you. You’ll need to pay attention to currents here.

CROCKER REEF - CROCKER RIDGE - CROCKER WALL - Depth: 35 to 110 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'54.157 N - 080'31.843 W. There’s no marker or mooring buoys at this dive site. You’ll want to be sure to anchor in the sandy areas. There’s beautiful corals, natural formations that look like valleys and lots of fish. And there's a 450' long wall.

DAVIS LEDGE - Depth: 15 to 85 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'55.320 N - 080'30.366 W. Davis Reef is located within a Sanctuary Preservation Area. There’s a statue of Buddha sitting in the sand here.

EAGLE - Depth: 65 to 110 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'52.184 N - 080'34.217 W. The Eagle is a 268' freighter that was sank as an artificial reef. This is a great dive site for Advanced Wreck divers. There are strong currents here.

EL CAPITAN - Depth: 20 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'55.491 N - 080'31.891 W. This ship went down in the hurricane in 1733. 21 Other ships went down in the same storm.

EL INFANTE - Depth: 20 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'56.556 N - 080'28-531 W. This wooden Galleon went down in the hurricane of 1733. Wooden beams and a pile of ballast stones are all that remain.

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EL LERRI - Depth: 15 feet - Experience: - Novice - Coordinates: 24'50.761 N - 080'42.850 W. This Galleon went down in the hurricane of 1733 along with 21 others. She’s now a big pile of ballast stones. Great place for photos.

HEN AND CHICKENS REEF - Depth: 3 to 35 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'55.900 N - 080'32.900 W. This reef lies within a Sanctuary Preservation Area. The only thing you can take here is pictures. It’s a group of patch reefs with beautiful coral formations.

HERRERA WRECK - Depth: 18 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'54.326 N - 080'35.538 W. This is one of the fleet of 22 ships carrying silver pesos from Cuba in 1733. They all went down in a hurricane. All that’s left is a pile of ballast stones in the turtle grass.

LITTLE CONCH REEF - Depth: 5 to 30 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'56.550 N - 080'28.430 W. This is a great dive site for catching lobster.

SAN FRANCISCO SHIPWRECK - Depth: 9 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'49.185 N - 080'45.425 W. This is a great site in really shallow water.

SAN JOSE - Depth: 30 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'56.919 N - 080'29.334 W. This was a treasure carrying Galleon in the fleet of 22 ships that went down in the hurricane of 1733.

SAN PEDRO - Depth: 18 feet - Experience: - Novice - Coordinates: 24'51.802 N - 080'40.780 W. This is one of the 17 ships that went down in the hurricane of 1733. This dive site is an archaeological preserve.

TRES PUENTES - Depth: 15 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'53.612 N - 080'35.012 W. This dive site is one of the 22 ships that went down in the hurricane in 1733.

USS ALLIGATOR - Depth: 12 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'51.070N and and 080'37.210W. This was a 12 cannon Man of War Schooner that battled with Pirates of the islands of the Florida Keys.

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ANGUSTIAS - Depth: 14 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates - 24'47.455 N - 080'51.738 W. This is one of the least known shipwrecks from the 1733 Plate Fleet.

COFFINS PATCH REEF - Depth: 10 to 30 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'41.100 N - 080'57.850 W. This is a great dive site for snorkelers.

DELTA SHOAL - Depth: 6 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'37.780 N - 081'05.490 W. This is home to lots of wrecks and tons of coral.

DUCK KEY WRECK - Depth: 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'42.601 N - 080'52.659 W. This is all that’s left of a steam powered freighter that sank in 1889.

EAST WASHERWOMAN SHOAL - Depth: 10 to 20 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'40.000 N - 081'04.250 W. This is a good dive site for snorkelers.

HERMAN'S HOLE AND HERMAN'S BEHIND - Depth: 15 to 65 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'39.061 N - 081'01.741 W and 24'39.031 N and 081'01.880 W. This dive site has some nice drop-offs and a coral ring that forms a hole in the middle.

IVORY WRECK at DELTA SHOAL - Depth: 15 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'37.780 N - 081'05.490 W. This wreck ran around in 1853.

JOANIES REEF - Depth: 10 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'38.380 N - 081'00.570 W. This dive site has a big ledge.

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SOMBRERO KEY REEF - Depth: 5 to 50 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'37.553 N - 081'06.654 W. This is a beautiful dive site for divers and snorkelers.

TENNESSEE REEF - Depth: 15 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'45.000 N - 080'47.000 W. This dive site has a Special Use Area and a drop-off.

THE GAP - Depth: 50 to 80 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'39.960 N - 080'58.310 W. This dive site is a great wall, drop-off site.

HORSESHOE REEF - Depth: 15 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'39.671 N - 080'59.651 W. This dive site has lots of coral and is great for snorkelers.

SUECO de ARIZON - Depth: 9 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'46.625 N and 080'53.372 W and also 24'46.728 N and 080'53.480 W. This was probably the smallest ship in the 1733 Plate Fleet. She was carried over the reef.

THUNDERBOLT - Depth: 85 to 120 feet - Experience: Intermediate to Advanced - Coordinates: 24'39.663 N - 080'57.784 W. This 189 foot military ship was sunk as an artificial reef in 1986.

LOWER KEYS

ADOLPHUS BUSCH - Depth: 85 to 112 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'31.841 N - 081'27.688 W. This 210' freighter was intentionally sank as an artificial reef in 1998. She sits in an upright position.

AMERICAN SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE - Depth: 4 to 94 feet - Experience - Novice - Coordinates: 24'31.338 N - 081'31.121 W. This is a functioning lighthouse. Lots of beautiful coral fingers.

CONTENT KEYS - Depth: 0 to 15 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'47.830 N and 081'29.330 W. This dive site is located out back on the Gulfside of the Florida Keys. It's a great place to catch lobster.

HMS LOO - Depth: 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'32.808 N - 081'24.180 W. This British ship ran aground here in 1744. The reef is named for her.

artificial reef wreck dive LOOE KEY REEF - Depth: 3 to 110 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'32.671 N - 081'24.485 W. This is one of the most popular dive sites in the Florida Keys for divers and snorkelers. It’s a beautiful reef.

PELICAN SHOAL REEF - Depth: - 4 to 40 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'30.043 N and 081'37.704 W. This is a nice uncrowded dive site. It's a great place to snorkel and free dive.

STURTIVENT, LUCKENBACH AND GUNVOR - Depth: - 52 to 65 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'450.300 N and 081'010.180 W. These are a few of the Gulf wrecks of the Florida Keys. They all sank when they hit our mine field.

WILKES BARRE WRECK - Depth: 140 to 250 feet - Experience: Advanced and Technical - Coordinates: 24'29.094 N - 081'33.202 W for the bow section and 24'29.046 N and 081'33.139 W for the stern section. This is the largest and deepest wreck in the Florida Keys. It’s for the technically qualified diver. I catch lots of amberjacks here.

KEY WEST

ALEXANDERS WRECK - Depth: 25 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'37.506 N - 081'58.923 W is the north section and 24'37.366 N and 081'58.917 W for the south section. This is the remains of a US Navy destroyer escort ship. She’s now an artificial reef broken into two pieces.

AQUANAUT WRECK - Depth: 75 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'28.750 N - 081'42.980 W. This is a 55' wooden tug. There can be strong currents here because of the Gulfstream.

CAYMAN SALVAGE MASTER - Depth: 93 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'27.668 N - 081'46.019 W. This dive site is a 187' steel hulled buoy tender. You'll find some unusual artifacts beside the shipwreck.

EASTERN DRY ROCKS and ROCK KEY - Depth: 4 to 30 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'27.585 N - 081'50.746 W. This is a no take zone. A steel stake marks the west end of the reef. Rock Key Coordinates are 24'27.259 N and 081'51.453 W. It's located 1/2 mile west of Eastern Dry Rocks.

JOE'S TUG - Depth: 65 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'27.842 N - 081'44.259 W. This tug was supposed to be an artificial reef off Miami, but the locals commandeered her one night and sank her here.

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MARQUASES KEYS - Depth: 4 to 120 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'28.800 N - 082'07.950 W. This stretch of reef has caves and lots of fish. Watch for strong currents.

NINE FOOT STAKE - Depth: 12 to 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'28.327 N - 081'24.888 W. This is a great dive site to snorkel and see corals and tropical fish.

SAND KEY - Depth: 0 to 65 feet - Experience: Novice to Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'27.111 N - 081'52.619 W. The depths here allow you to do both, scuba dive and snorkel.

SMITH SHOAL - Depth: 18 to 40 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'43.101 N - 081'55.050 W. This dive site is on the back side of the Florida Keys. It’s marked by a 49' light tower.

TEN FATHOM BAR - Depth: 25 to 130 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'26.402 N - 081'52.669 W. This is a way cool wall dive site. It drops off fast.

TEN FATHOM LEDGE - Depth: 35 to 60 feet - Experience: Intermediate - Coordinates: 24'25.972 N - 081'57.021 W. This s a great dive site if you like deep ledges, overhangs and caves.

EASTERN, MIDDLE & WESTERN SAMBO REEFS - Depth: 3 to 50 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: Eastern 24'29.580 N - 081'39.830 W, Middle 24'29.710 N - 081'41.790 W, Western 24'29.000 N - 081'42.500 W. This is really three reefs. There’s an area marked by orange buoys that’s a no take zone. You can't take any lobster or fish in this area..

TOPPINO REEF - Depth: 25 feet - Experience: Novice - Coordinates: 24'28.457 N - 081'44.561 W. This reef was also called #1 Marker Reef. It’s a beautiful place to snorkel and a great place for a night dive.

USS CURB - Depth: 185 feet - Experience: Advanced - Coordinates: 24'27.223 N - 081'46.233 W. This artificial reef is a 214' Navy Salvaging Tug. There’s lots of silt on the inside of this wreck.

Hoyt S Vandenberg - Depth 140 feet - Experience Beginner to Advanced - Coordinates: 24'27.164 N - 081'43.594 W. This artificial reef is a 520' Missile Tracking Vessel. Key West finally gets a big ship.

There are hundreds of other dive sites that have no names, they’re just beautiful patch reefs located in Hawk Channel. So when you run across an area that looks interesting on your depth sounder, it just may be worth your while to anchor and check it out. That’s how I’ve found most of my favorite Florida Keys dive spots.



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