Scenic diving at unique locations is what’s on deck for scuba divers here in the Florida Keys!
No trip to the island paradise of Key West is complete without experiencing its bustling underwater world. Beneath the surface of our crystal blue waters are sights sure to amaze you. Home to the only living coral reef in the Continental US and famous sunken ships, Key West scuba diving is without question some of the very best in the world. Here you’ll find vibrantly colored tropical fish, lush coral gardens, fascinating plant life, and intriguing and mysterious shipwrecks. Swim alongside sea turtles and giant grouper, hover over beautiful sponge gardens, observe lobsters and eels, and get up close and personal with a friendly dolphin. There’s a whole world waiting to meet you under the crystal blue, so grab your gear and dive right in!
One of the world’s best dive sites is located right here in Key West! Purposefully sunk in the summer of 2009, this 1944 WWII warship is now the 2nd largest artificial reef in the world. Swim with schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and even a shark or two, as you navigate the ins and outs of this deep sea jungle gym. Perfect for all skill levels, the USS Vandenberg sits 7 miles offshore in 140 feet of water with the top areas of the ship in waters only 40 feet deep. Beginners and seasoned divers alike can venture down into the crystal blue waters and dive this magnificently preserved naval vessel turned reef. It is a dive site you won’t want to miss!
Originally the USS Amesbury, Alexander’s Wreck is a 300 foot Navy Destroyer escort which sank in 1972. While en route to her planned ocean floor destination, to serve as an artificial reef, the vessel grounded in 25 feet of water and was then broken in half by a storm. Lying on her side and with a 150 yard gap between her bow and her stern, the Amesbury has become a welcoming hot spot for an abundance of marine life. Schools of fish gather here and oysters and coral beautifully decorate the entire hull. A popular and easy wreck to dive, Alexander’s Wreck offers not only a fantastic place to observe aquatic life here in the Gulf, but also, a distinct opportunity to explore visible deck guns and a variety of military artifacts, which now call the Gulf their home.
An underwater sea wall with a fantastic drop-off, Ten-Fathom Bar is one of the most dramatic dive sites in Key West. Beginning at 25 feet and dropping quickly to 130 feet, the different depths showcase different species of marine life. The strong Gulf current around the drop off creates superb visibility, so have your waterproof camera ready. You’ll want to photograph the rare black coral and the giant, human-sized barrel sponges. The fish even know this is a popular destination in the Florida Keys, so don’t be surprised if a friendly grouper approaches you for a treat!
Swim with dolphins
The highly trained staff at Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key will guide you through your dolphin encounter. With several encounter options available, you can choose your desired level of interaction. The possibilities include taking part in a structured swim for hands-on contact with your new dolphin playmate, entering their natural habitat and swimming right alongside a dolphin, working with a dolphin trainer for a day, and even partnering with a dolphin artist and assisting as your new friend paints a shirt for you!
Key West fishing
Key West is known as a world-class fishing destination, and for good reason. With diverse options for both inshore and offshore fishing and the vast variety of species available to catch during the year, Key West fishing is second to none. Home to the best fishing captains in the world, you’ll also have your choice of expert guides here in the Florida Keys. An abundance of fish call the waters of Key West home, with tarpon, permit, and bonefish being three major sport fish of the area. Your ocean water adversaries also include mackerel, redfish, barracuda, sharks, grouper, bluefish, sailfish, cobia, jacks, snappers, marlin, tuna, wahoo, and countless others. Whether you are a beginner and want to cast a line for the very first time or you’re a seasoned angler with an agenda, our knowledgeable staff will help you secure the perfect Key West fishing excursion.
Flats fishing in Key West is legendary and you will definitely want to add this experience to your vacation itinerary! Where mere inches of water stand between you and your targeted finned prey, stealth is the name of the game when fishing these waters. Prepare yourself for a fun and challenging day as you cast your line and stalk your mark, watching the fish swim by before you catch them.
Home to the largest living reef in the Continental United States and third largest in the world, the waters of Key West are teeming with an abundance of impressive bottom dwellers. You’ll have a day of non-stop fishing action as you drop your lines and reel in grouper and snapper, along with mackerel, jacks, cobia, and any number of other species from these bountiful waters. Don’t make restaurant reservations for this evening, as you’ll be able to serve up your own fresh catch of the day!
Big game fishing
Skip your morning run and eat a hearty breakfast because today you’ll be getting your workout by going head to head with big game fish! They will be sure to put up a fight and it’ll make for the most exhilarating day of sport fishing you’ll ever find in the tropics. Marlin, sailfish, and swordfish are ready to make you earn your catch today; while the tuna and mahi-mahi, kingfish, wahoo and sharks are all determined to take your bait and swim away. Put your game face on for these beauties will make you work for it and in return you’ll have astonishing deep sea fishing stories to tell for a lifetime.
Ride a tropical breeze and gain a bird’s eye view of the spectacular island of Key West! Float hundreds of feet above pristine blue waters and see Key West in a way usually reserved for only the island’s tropical birds. Delight in the unparalleled panoramic views of the entire island while simultaneously seeing both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Soak in the sights as you lookout for dolphins and other marine life frolicking in the clear waters. Gentle take-offs and landings sandwich this tranquil glide where you can fly solo or with family members or friends. Parasailing in Key West is an adventure like none other and one you’ll be sure to treasure.
Hop on a jet ski and make some waves on a wet ‘n wild Key West adventure! Whether you take a guided tour from our local experts or venture off on your own, you’re in for a real treat as you revel in the magnificent beauty around you. Ride solo or with a friend as you race from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico and back again. Stop at a sandbar and take a quick dip before making your way back around the island. Relish in a chance encounter with a curious sea turtle or a friendly dolphin. You can rev it up and make a splash or meander leisurely through crystal waters while gazing at all the surrounding natural beauty. Either way, be sure to explore Key West the way it was meant to be seen, from the water.
Boats of all sizes
A vacation in Key West just isn’t complete without a day on the ocean. Boat rentals and private boat charters are available so you can create your own perfect Key West adventure. Spend your day sunning and relaxing on a sandbar, exploring the marine life of our spectacular reefs, casting lines for your next great fish tale, or just setting out on the open sea to see what exploits may await. Whatever you decide, there’s a boat waiting just for you. Grab your sunscreen, waterproof camera, and sea legs and get ready to shout “Anchors Aweigh!”