Hen and Chickens Reef is one of
the best Key Largo snorkel sites
Hen and Chickens Reef is a protected SPA coral reef that is an extremely popular Florida Keys snorkeling and novice Key Largo diving spot.
The area is filled with beautiful purple coral, christmas tree coral, star, brain, sea fans and other unusual gorgonian and stony species.
The water is also filled with brightly colored tropical fish such as blue tang and angelfish, plus numerous schools of grunt and schoolmaster are often observed.
Even though visibility can be poor when diving, with the water being as shallow as only 5 feet, it makes for wonderful snorkeling.
This is also the perfect place to introduce children to this fun and educational sport, while teaching them about marine life.
Dive and Snorkel Map
Courtesy of http://floridakeys.noaa.gov
At-A-Glance Reef Description
and GPS Coordinates
Hen and Chickens Reef
2 miles southeast of Plantation Key
24 56.15N 080 32.84W
35' lighted tower and 4 boundary buoys
Novice - Intermediate
5 - 35''
Can be poor
SPA protected area. From the air, the site looks like a mother hen with her chicks around her. Mazes of
create a colorful and interesting Key Largo diving experience with numerous tropical fish darting within and around the coral.
Minimal to no current so easy area for Florida Keys snorkeling. Numerous coral heads reach upwards of 15' extending to within feet of the surface
Numerous stony and gorgonian coral including brain, star, staghorn, sea fans, sea plumes, white sponges,
blue tang, grunts, parrotfish, green moray eel, grouper, angelfish, spiny lobsters,
Anyone planning on
diving needs to spend at least a couple of hours here.
Whether you're capping off a day of
or just want to hang out with the rest of the family, this is the perfect place to go. It's a fun way to spend a few hours and you won't be disappointed by the marine magic that surrounds you.