Islamorada Dive Spots

  • Alexander Barge / Artificial Reef

    Alexander Barge / Artificial Reef

    2.6667
    80 - 105 ft.

    Alexander, a 120-foot long and 40-foot wide barge, was purposefully sunk in 1984 to mark the site for the development of an artificial reef.

  • Alligator Reef

    Alligator Reef

    4.625
    20 - 72 ft.

    Alligator Reef arose around a wrecked ship; the USS Alligator built in 1820, which went down in 1825 while on a Navy mission. This site is easily identified by the reigning 136-foot tall lighthouse tower.

  • Aquarius Underwater Laboratory

    Aquarius Underwater Laboratory

    5
    50 - 60 ft.

    Aquarius is an underwater ocean laboratory located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The research submersible is deployed 3.5 miles offshore, at a depth of 60 feet, at the upper edge of a small drop-off known as Conch Reef.

  • Brick Barge

    Brick Barge

    3.5
    20 - 28 ft.

    Brick Barge is a small iron ship that was torpedoed during World War II and now lies in 20 to 28 feet of water on the north side of Hen and Chickens Reef.

  • Cannabis Cruiser

    Cannabis Cruiser

    3.5
    85 - 110 ft.

    The Cannabis Cruiser, often referred to as "Pot Wreck", is located three miles west of Alligator Light in 110 feet of water.

  • Chaves

    Chaves

    3.6
    10 - 20 ft.

    The Chaves is located just off Snake Creek at Windley Key, submerged in 10 to 20 feet of water. This ship was sunk in 1733 during a hurricae along with 21 other ships that were bringing silver pesos from Havana.

  • Cheeca Rocks

    Cheeca Rocks

    4.2857
    10 - 15 ft.

    Cheeca Rocks are a great shallow-water site for novice divers and snorkelers. This is a great dive to do with the family if you want something everyone can be comfortable with and enjoy

  • Conch Reef

    Conch Reef

    4
    50 - 110 ft.

    Conch Reef is one of the most thoroughly developed coral reef systems in the Florida Keys, with typical depths from 20 to 100 feet.

  • Crocker Reef

    Crocker Reef

    4
    30 - 55 ft.

    Crocker Reef covers a large area marked by many small canyons, beautiful formations of staghorn corals, and swaying gorgonians.

  • Crocker Wall

    Crocker Wall

    4
    65 - 80 ft.

    Crocker Wall is a 450-foot long wall that drops from Crocker Reef, with average depths of 60-80 feet. This is a great drift-dive location.

  • Davis Ledge

    Davis Ledge

    4.1429
    20 - 55 ft.

    If you are looking for the excitement of coming face to face with a nurse shark (or Buddha!), Davis Ledge is a site that almost guarantees this occurrence.

  • Eagle

    Eagle

    4.6667
    80 - 110 ft.

    Eagle is a 287-foot freighter that was sunk off Lower Matecumbe Key as an artificial reef in 1985.

  • El Capitan

    El Capitan

    3.6
    20 - 20 ft.

    This Galleon was part of the 1733 hurricane-caused wreck that forced 22 ships on to the Florida Keys. Treasures and relics are still found today.

  • El Infante

    El Infante

    4.5
    20 - 25 ft.

    This ship belonged to the Silver Plate Fleet in 1733 which was lost in a hurricane and is roughly one mile away from the San Jose wreck.

  • Hen & Chickens Reef

    Hen & Chickens Reef

    4.381
    15 - 22 ft.

    Hen & Chickens is a group of patch reefs whose coral formations from the air appear to radiate outwards from the center like a mother hen surrounded by chickens.

  • Herrera

    Herrera

    4.1667
    15 - 18 ft.

    While attempting to bring silver pesos from Havana along with 21 other ships, Herrera was hit by a hurricane and pushed on to the upper keys.

  • Lerri

    Lerri

    4.5
    15 - 20 ft.

    The Lerri Galleon was part of the 1733 wreck that forced 21 ships on to the Florida Keys. These ships were attempting to bring silver pesos from Havana when they were advised to change route to avoid an oncoming storm.

  • Little Conch Reef

    Little Conch Reef

    3.4
    15 - 30 ft.

    Little Conch Reef is just south of Conch Reef and is a great place for shallower diving and snorkeling

  • San Jose

    San Jose

    3
    30 - 35 ft.

    In 35 feet of water just off Islamorada, the San Jose is a Galleon-class Spanish ship from the Silver Plate Fleet of 1733.

  • San Pedro

    San Pedro

    5
    15 - 18 ft.

    This Galleon was part of the 1733 wreck that forced 21 ships on to the Florida Keys. These ships were attempting to bring silver pesos from Havana when they were advised to change route to avoid an oncoming storm.

  • The Rocks

    The Rocks

    4.75
    8 - 12 ft.

    The Rocks is a beautiful shallow-water snorkel site noted for its coral, visibility, and marine life.

  • Tres Puentes

    Tres Puentes

    5
    15 - 20 ft.

    Tres Puentes went down as part of the 1733 Spanish Galleon wrecks. Today, Tres Puentes lies between Snake Creek and Whale Harbor and is know for its production of Silver treasures.

  • USS Alligator

    USS Alligator

    4
    8 - 12 ft.

    This 86-foot ship was attempting to protect a convoy from being raided by pirates when it sank in 1825.