Dive Key Largo with Ocean Divers
Every few months we take divers to Ocean Divers in Key Largo for quick weekend getaways. Just want to get your feet wet in nice warm water or if you want to complete your certification dives, then this is the place.
Ocean Divers offers reef dives from Molasses Reef to John Pennecamp Park. Ocean Divers also offers wreck dives to the USS Speigel Grove and the USCG cutter Duane for the advanced divers (or you can earn your advanced certification there)
Dudas Diving Duds organizes the dive packages with Ocean Divers. All transportation arrangements and accommodations are organized by the individual traveler. We fly into Miami and then rent a car to travel the rest of the way to Key Largo.
These are some of the popular dive destinations in Key Largo:
One of the world’s most popular reefs. Molasses reef consists of several different types of reef structure, and is spread out over 14-17 acres. The population of reef creatures is always changing, and includes frequent visits by many different pelagic species. Molasses has more than 25 Buoys (each one marking a different site), and is known for sites such as Fire Coral Cave, the Spanish Anchor, and the Winch Hole. – one of the world’s most popular reefs.
Depth range 20-50 ft.
Popular for it’s coral caves and “swim-throughs”, French Reef offers the chance to observe many species of fish and other reef creatures. Some never leave the shelter of the coral caves, and tunnels. Well known sites on the reef include: Hourglass Cave, Christmas Tree Cave, and Sand Bottom Cave. French Reef has large formations of elk horn and stag horn corals.
Depth range 25-45 ft.
Home of such sites as The Pillar Coral Patch, and The Barrel Wreck, this low-profile reef offers a unique view of soft corals, sponges, and a number of crustaceans. Several species of lobsters and crabs may be openly observed here, often unconcerned about the activities of divers and snorkelers. As a rule, if you don’t present a threat (by getting “too close”) you will be able to observe these creatures as they go about their normal activities.
Depth range 5-35 ft.
USS SPIEGEL GROVE
It’s the largest ship ever to be intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in the Upper Keys. The vessel is 510 feet long, 84 feet wide, and sits upright as of July 2005.
She resides at a depth of 134 ft near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. The depth at the highest point of the ship is 60-65 ft, depending on the tide level.
At her sinking in 2002, the Spiegel Grove was lying on her starboard side. Due to the waves, currents , and storm surge from Hurricane Dennis, the Spiegel Grove now sits upright
Depth range 50-130 ft.
This “Secretary Class” Coast Guard Cutter was sunk as an artificial reef in November 1987. It has since become a home to a wide variety of pelagic and reef fish, and host to numerous types of coral formations.
On August 1, 1985 Duane was decommissioned as the oldest active U.S. military vessel. She was sunk November 26, 1987 in approximately 120 feet of water. Roughly seven miles offshore in Key Largo, Florida, she rests in an upright position about a quarter mile from her sister ship the Bibb.
The Duane sits upright, and offers divers a unique diving experience. The fact that everything is intact and properly oriented, gives many divers an increased sense of “ease” about the dive. Her main deck is at about 110 ft. with structure as high as 50 ft. This gives one an opportunity to plan and make multi-level dives, safely extending bottom times.
Depth range 50-125 ft.
A Norwegian freighter that was grounded after colliding with another ship during World War II. At the time, allied vessels often ran “lights out” at night, to avoid detection by German U-boats. This collision was the result of that practice, and the Benwood now provides shelter and a home for a number of reef fish, and other creatures.
Depth range 20-45 ft.