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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary extends along Key West and beyond to the Dry Tortugas. Key West National Wildlife Refuge further protects the pristine waters. Most divers don't make it this far out in the Keys, but if you're looking for a day of diving as a break from the nonstop party in Old Town, expect to pay about $65 and upward for a two-tank dive. Serious divers can book dive trips to the Dry Tortugas.
Captain's Corner. This PADI-certified dive shop has classes in several languages and twice-daily snorkel and dive trips ($40-$65) to reefs and wrecks aboard the 60-foot dive boat Sea Eagle. Use of weights, belts, masks, and fins is included. 125 Ann St., Key West, FL, 33040. 305/296-8865. www.captainscorner.com.
Dive Key West. Operating over 40 years, Dive Key West is a full-service dive center that has charters, instruction, gear rental, sales, and repair. Snorkel excursions are $59; scuba trips start at $75. 3128 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL, 33040. 305/296-3823. www.divekeywest.com.
Snuba of Key West. Safely dive the coral reefs without getting a scuba certification. Ride out to the reef on a catamaran, then follow your guide underwater for a one-hour tour of the coral reefs. You wear a regulator with a breathing hose that is attached to a floating air tank on the surface. No prior diving or snorkeling experience is necessary, but you must know how to swim. The $99 price includes beverages. Garrison Bight Marina, Palm Ave., between Eaton St. and N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL, 33040. 305/292-4616. www.snubakeywest.com.
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