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Hen And Chickens Reef Is A Top Family Snorkeling Vacation Site

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 reef 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 Key Largo at this site, it still makes for wonderful snorkeling since the water is shallow at about 5 feet.

This is also the perfect place to introduce children to this fun and educational sport, while teaching them about marine life.

Hen and Chickens Reef Map

Florida Keys Diving and Snorkel Map
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At-A-Glance Reef Diving Description
And GPS Coordinates

Hen and Chickens Reef
2 miles southeast of Plantation Key
GPS Co-ordinates
24 56.15N 080 32.84W
35' lighted tower and 4 boundary buoys
Novice - Intermediate
5 - 35''
Can be poor
Dive Site Description
SPA protected area. From the air, the site looks like a mother hen with her chicks around her. Mazes of coral create a colorful and interesting Key Largo diving experience with numerous tropical fish darting within and around the coral.
Snorkel Site
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

Marine Life
Numerous stony and gorgonian coral including brain, star, staghorn, sea fans, sea plumes, white sponges, snook, blue tang, grunts, parrotfish, green moray eel, grouper, angelfish, spiny lobsters, barracuda, reef crabs

Anyone planning on Key Largo diving needs to spend at least a couple of hours here.

Whether you're capping off a day of wreck diving, 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.

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Local Weather Zip Codes

Key Largo - 33037
Marathon - 33050
Key West - 33040