Dive Key Largo & Visit Colorful
Pickles Reef & Snapper Ledge
Hurricane Irma Update
The Florida Keys was strongly impacted when Hurricane Irma passed through, however the Florida Keys infrastructure is quickly being repaired and is mostly functional with many businesses operational.
The Florida Keys are expected to be fully open for business by October 1st and the Key West Fantasy Fest is set to go ahead as planned!
Don't let your fear of this hurricane's damage deter your Florida Keys vacation plans. Things are getting back to normal and there are lots of great activities happening every day you don't want to miss out on!
The Conch Republic's Spirit Stays Strong!
Pickles Reef is a great Florida Keys snorkeling or shallow dive site.
Here you'll find an abundance of colorful coral, and tropical fish.
This is also a popular place for families to spend the day together.
It's also a great wind down spot for a deep diver who's spent a day scuba diving Florida Keys on some of the wrecks.
Not only can someone enjoy the plentiful marine flora and fauna this area provides, there's some history to examine and explore wreck diving.
Remnants of a civil war wreck is here. It's once heavy cargo of barrels filled with cement have turned into concrete tubes. These heavy cylinders litter the sandy ocean bottom and are now encrusted with marine life, including massive pillar coral.
Since this Florida Keys dive site is further out from Key Largo, it's not frequented as often. The area is less busy, the fish are more numerous, and in the case of the pillar coral, quite massive. At the north end you'll be surprised to find large colonies of these stony coral monsters towering upwards of 10 feet.
You can also expect to see spiny lobster,
and numerous tropical fish darting around ledges and over coral mounds as you glide by.
In fact, if you decide to go Key Largo diving here, you'll want to go a bit deeper and check out Snapper Ledge. This area is absolutely loaded with yellowtail, spiny lobster and other fish.
Courtesy of http://floridakeys.noaa.gov
At-A-Glance Reef Dive Description
and GPS Coordinates
2 miles southwest of Molasses Reef, in the Key Largo
24 59.26N 080 24.84W
24 58.92N 080 25.300W - Snapper Ledge
7 mooring buoys in the area, primarily to the south and then to the east/northeast of the reef
Novice - Intermediate
6 - 30'
Reef Site Description
Concrete cylinders from the civil war wreck
are artifacts located here. Snapper Ledge is located at 25' and is named for the massive number of yellowtail snapper that frequent the area and the GPS coordinates for the Ledge are 24 58.92N 080 25.300W
Good snorkel site that is less frequented so fish life is very abundant
6' - 10' high pillar coral,
, purple sea fans, queen conch, snapper, sea fans, good variety of game and tropical fish
This Key Largo diving site is a great choice for anyone looking for a fun, family outing. It also has all the bells and whistles you want for a relaxing dive or Florida Keys snorkeling trip.