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Explore the Reef

Dive in and explore Florida’s Coral Reef in 360°

Stretching over 350 miles from the Dry Tortugas to the St. Lucie Inlet, Florida’s Coral Reef is a delicately balanced and interconnected community. It’s the only barrier coral reef system in the continental United States and is home to over forty species of reef-building corals that provide shelter, food and breeding sites for millions of plants and animals.

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NORTH

Explore the northern shallows of Florida’s Coral Reef. On this dive, you will encounter large barrel sponges and soft corals such as sea fans. These organisms provide shelter for the numerous species of fish you’ll see, including grunts, Atlantic spadefish and even Caribbean reef sharks.


SOUTH

Dive deep into the southern end of Florida’s Coral Reef to experience some of the most spectacular underwater viewing opportunities in the country. On this dive, you will encounter numerous soft coral species swaying in the current, as well as a large stand of elkhorn coral. Seven of the stony coral species found in Florida, including elkhorn coral, are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This southern reef is bustling with various species of fish, including sergeant major, damselfish, yellowtail snapper and blue parrotfish.


JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK

Renowned for being the country’s first undersea park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses an impressive 70 nautical square miles along Florida’s Coral Reef. On this dive, you will encounter a serene reef scene featuring various species of soft corals, including sea fans swaying in the current. Several species of fish, including parrotfish, sergeant major and yellowtail snapper, dart in and out of their hiding places on the reef.


MOLASSES REEF

Dive in and experience the Molasses Reef, just southeast of Key Largo, within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Molasses Reef is one of the most diverse reefs in the Caribbean, boasting various species of stony and soft corals. On this dive, you will encounter sea pens, sea fans, mountainous star coral, as well as several species of fish, including damselfish and yellowtail snapper.


HORSESHOE REEF

Dive in and experience the Horseshoe dive site located off the coast of Key Largo. Horseshoe Reef is one of the most diverse sites in the Florida Keys. On this dive, you’ll experience a close-up view of one of the largest stands of threatened elkhorn corals in the Keys and encounter numerous species of soft corals and fish, including blue parrotfish and sergeant major.


CATACOMBS

Dive in and experience the Catacombs dive site located off the coast of Boynton Beach in Palm Beach County. The Catacombs dive site boasts interesting topography and a unique ledge system, creating habitat for the numerous yellowtail snapper you’ll encounter on this dive.

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