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Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Key West

Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Key West

Home to the third-largest coral reef in the world and one of the best spots for diving in the United States, Key West is a destination for scuba divers and snorkelers, from those who are just dipping their fins in the water to more experienced divers. These are some of the best spots.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (Florida Reef)

This large marine sanctuary protects the 220-mile (354-kilometer) Florida Keys Reef, the third largest coral barrier reef in the world and the only living coral barrier reef in the continental US. The reef runs from Key Biscayne to Dry Tortugas, with plenty of spots for diving and snorkeling along the way.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park, made up of seven small islands, is situated in the middle of a coral reef and offers some of the best snorkeling in Key West. Many tour companies offer snorkeling excursions for either half or full day that focus on reef viewing or shipwreck exploration.

Key West National Wildlife Refuge

The crystal clear waters of Key West National Wildlife Refuge allow snorkelers to spot sea turtles and other marine critters living among the mangrove forests. The park is also popular for kayaking, and the two activities can be combined into a single guided outing.

The Vandenberg

Though not the most famous of the world’s wrecks-turned-reefs, the Vandenberg—sunk in 2009—has a growing fan base of divers. Located at a depth of around 100 feet (30 meters), this World War II troop transport attracts a variety of marine plants and animals as an artificial reef.

Joe’s Tug

This 75-foot (23-meter) tug boat isn’t too deep, making it an excellent spot for beginning scuba divers. Underwater, you might spot eels and colorful fish swimming around the soft and hard corals that have made this wreck their home.

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Key West Full-Day Island T'ing Eco-Tour: Sail, Kayak and Snorkel

Key West Full-Day Island T'ing Eco-Tour: Sail, Kayak and Snorkel

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Enjoy a day of fun in the sun on the Island T’ing adventure off the coast of Key West. Sail away from the island city of Key West to the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on a large catamaran. Hop in a kayak and enjoy a paddle around a natural stand of mangrove. Look for dolphins, stingrays, sea turtles, manatees and more on this full-day adventure. A full breakfast and buffet lunch, plus beer, wine, soft drinks and homemade sangria are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise
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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise

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Get ready for fun in the sun on this dolphin watch and snorkeling adventure off the coast of Key West. Cruise away from the island city of Key West and see dolphins swimming alongside the boat, then jump in for a shallow-water snorkel at the Key West National Wildlife Refuge with many different species of marine life. Relax, feel the warm sea breeze and select from a variety of refreshing beverages on board the boat.
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  • 3 hours
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Ultimate Adventure from Key West including Breakfast, Lunch and Drinks

Ultimate Adventure from Key West including Breakfast, Lunch and Drinks

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Enjoy an amazing day out on the water in Florida’s Key West with this ultimate adventure tour. Spend the day partaking in water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing, and and a ride on a the Banana Boat. You can also go snorkeling, and try to catch sight of angelfish and other brightly colored fish. Sunbathe on the boat’s spacious deck, or just take in the sights of the Key West area. Breakfast, a buffet lunch, and drinks are included with your tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Key West Safari Eco Tour Adventure with Snorkeling

Key West Safari Eco Tour Adventure with Snorkeling

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Escape to Key West on this guided, 2.5-hour safari snorkeling adventure. Captain a mini speedboat through 25 miles of Florida backcountry waters of the Florida Keys. Swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters. Maximum of two adults per boat, or two adults and one child less than 70 pounds. Snorkeling and swimming equipment is provided.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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All-Inclusive Water Adventure Excursion in Key West

All-Inclusive Water Adventure Excursion in Key West

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Save time and money in Key West on this all-inclusive, full-day excursion. Enjoy a day of sailing, snorkeling, and kayaking off the coast. Visit the Key West National Wildlife Refuge and explore an underwater world full of colorful fish and coral. Includes a buffet lunch with unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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