Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Islamorada


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park. About 1¼ nautical mile south of Indian Key is the San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park, which includes the remains of a Spanish treasure-fleet ship that sank in 1733. The state of Florida protects the site for divers; no spearfishing or souvenir collecting is allowed. Seven replica cannons and a plaque enhance what basically amounts to a 90-foot-long pile of ballast stones. Resting in only 18 feet of water, its ruins are visible to snorkelers as well as divers and attract a colorful array of fish. MM 85.5 OS, Islamorada, FL. 305/664–2540.

Florida Keys Dive Center. Dive from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to Alligator Light with this outfitter. The center has two 46-foot Coast Guard–approved dive boats, offers scuba training, and is one of the few Keys dive centers to offer Nitrox and Trimix (mixed gas) diving. MM 90.5 OS, 90451 Overseas Hwy., Plantation Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/852–4599 or 800/433–8946. Snorkeling from $38, diving from $65.

Islamorada Dive Center. This one-stop dive shop has a resort, pool, restaurant, lessons, and twice-daily dive and snorkel trips. You can take a day-trip with a two-tank dive or a one-tank night trip without equipment. Snorkel trips are also available. MM 84 OS, 84001 Overseas Hwy., Windley Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/664–3483 or 800/327–7070 Ext. 644. Snorkel trips from $45, diving from $80.

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