The Dive Capital Of The World
Largo is the first island in a chain of islands stretching
for over 100 miles, known as the Florida Keys. It
is blessed with the most beautiful portion of the world’s
third barrier reef system. Key Largo is also blessed
with the John Pennekamp National Marine Sanctuary, which
was established in 1960.
Sanctuary has given protection to our reefs from over- fishing
and harmful contact with our corals. The remainder
of the Florida Keys, with the exception of a few special
areas, has been protected for less than ten years. This
protection gave the Key Largo reefs a thirty-five year advantage
in reef preservation over the rest of the Florida Keys.
shallower depths of our reefs, an average of 25 to 35 ft,
are not intimidating to the newest diver and offer such
a large diversity of fish life that even the most discriminating
diver will be impressed. At Key Largo Dry Rocks snorkelers
and divers visit the famous Christ of the Deep Statue. This
site has come to symbolize Key Largo and the National Marine
Sanctuary and is visited by many divers and snorkelers each
addition to our beautiful reefs, Key Largo offers world
class wreck diving; Key Largo has three intact artificial
reefs, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters the Duane and the Bibb
along with the world’s newest and largest artificial
reef, the USS Spiegel Grove. For many years the USCG Duane
was considered by many to be the best wreck dive in the
United States. But now the Spiegel Grove has taken over
that title, with her incredible length of 510 ft to investigate.
These wrecks will impress the most experienced advanced
divers. Key Largo also offers several shallow shipwrecks
for novice divers and at the same time is intriguing enough
to captivate the advanced diver. The Benwood, the
City of Washington, and the Civil War Wreck are fantastic
wrecks that will fascinate everyone.
Largo offers year round temperate waters with a late winter
low of approximately 74 degrees, and a high in mid summer
of around 88 degrees. Due to the proximity of the
Gulf Stream, coupled with the fact that Key Largo has no
bridges for the tidal currents to churn up the water, it
has the best visibility of all the Florida Keys. The
average visibility is between 50 to 60 feet, with 100+ feet
not being uncommon.
Largo’s warm clear water offers something for everyone.
Beginning divers enjoy our beautiful and easy to dive
reefs and wrecks. Advanced divers are impressed with
our abundance of fish life and wreck divers can enjoy dive
after dive exploring the remains of both shallow and deep-water
shipwrecks. There is no doubt that Key Largo is the “Dive
Capital Of The World”.
You may enter the Underwater Treasure Hunt by diving with any of the
following dive shops.
Capt Slates Atlantis Dive Center (305) 451-3020 (800) 321-DIVE
Dive In 305-852-1919
Horizon Divers (800) 984-DIVE
Island Ventures 305-451-4957/866-293-5006
Ocean Divers, North or South Stores (800) 451-1113 or 305-451-0037
Quiescence Diving Services 305-451-2440