Scuba Diving Florida Keys GPS
Coordinates For Marathon Reefs
Scuba diving Florida Keys is one of the most sought after activities there is for anyone planning a Florida Keys vacation.
The Atlantic side of the Florida Keys is basically one long section of coral reef.
To be specific, it's not one continuous length as there are obviously gaps. However, in comparison to the distance the reef stretches, these gaps are relatively few and narrow.
This means the coral reefs act almost like a barrier island.
The reefs protect the land and keep the water between the reef and the shore calmer. Since many of the coral reefs are closer to shore, they're also shallower on the land side, and this is one of the reasons scuba diving and snorkeling in the Keys is so popular.
Pink Tinged Coral
www.noaa.gov, Photo FKMNS
In some ways, when you scuba dive Florida Keys, it resembles the childhood game 'pin the tail on the donkey'. This is when a picture of a donkey is attached to a wall, and then the blindfolded child is spun around and around.
Fully disoriented, the child then tries to find the donkey and attempts to pin the tail as closely as possible to it's proper position. The winner is the child who succeeds in getting closest to the intended mark.
With 221 miles of beautiful coral reef stretching from the north end of the Keys to the
Dry Tortugas National Park
it's not hard to find a place to 'pin that tail'. What is hard however, is being able to pin the exact spot - the one you really want to explore when Marathon diving.
To help you find your best Florida Keys dive sites, I've chosen the following Marathon scuba diving spots so you can pin closer to "your true mark." This will help you to make the most of the time you have for scuba diving Florida Keys.
Coral Reefs in Marathon Florida Area
These Florida Keys dive sites are listed in geographical order from north to south. Each highlighted name will link you to a separate page that provides detailed information on that particular dive site.
Keep in mind that GPS coordinates are not always exact. A lot of factors go into creating a coordinate, including where they were taken. If you treat them simply as a guide and remember there could be a slight variation, you won't be disappointed. You'll certainly be within reasonable distance of your target if you're not already on top of it.
24 45.845N 080 45.401W
Coffins Patch (6 Reefs)
24 41.540N 080 56.846W
24 39.960N 08058.310W
24 39.494N 081 00.316W
24 37.919N 081 05.434W
Sombrero Light & Reef
24 37.600N 081 06.600W
The Bright Red of the Stoplight Parrotfish is Brilliant Against the Coral
Courtesy of NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Photo by George Cathcart
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Special Use Areas
Everyone knows that Key Largo Florida and the Upper Keys
are famous for diving, but Marathon Florida and the rest of the Middle Keys have wonderful dive spots as well.
Also, 2 of the 4 Special Use Areas are located within the Middle Keys. They are Tennessee Reef and Looe Key (patch reef). Conch Reef
is in the Upper Keys and
is in the Lower Keys.
You may also want to check out these Florida Keys dive maps which will give you an idea of different diving spots you may want to explore.
Special Use Areas are designated sections of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). They've been established so scientists can monitor, research, restore or establish areas to confine, protect and even restrict activities from harming sensitive areas.
As part of the effort to minimize impact on these habitats the following regulations are enforced:
. You cannot enter a Special Use Area without a FKNMS permit
. You are forbidden from discharging any matter into the water except for cooling water and engine exhaust
. No fishing of any sort is allowed and this includes removing, harvesting or possessing any marine life
. Touching or standing on living or dead coral
. Anchoring on living or dead coral
or any attached organism
Nurse Shark are Commonly Seen Around Reefs
www.noaa.gov, Photo FKNMS
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Exploring the store will certainly get you in the mood for your next diving adventure. Of course when scuba diving Florida Keys, adventure awaits around every nook, crevice, ledge and drop. The possibilities are endless, now it's up to you to grab that tail and pin it!