3 Hot Dive Sites in the Florida Keys

Key West and the Keys have some of the most amazing scuba diving to experience, not only in Florida, but also in the world. Since the Keys have been a stopping point in history for pirates and sunken ships with treasure, we became blessed with a seafloor rich with artifacts of different centuries, and sometimes even gold. The best part about scuba diving in the Florida Keys is getting to see all the marine wildlife and fish there are among the coral reef. Here is Key West Dive Center’s must see three sites in the Florida Keys to dive and explore.


In Islamorada, there is an abundance of historical shipwrecks off the coast that make for a magical time on your Key West scuba diving vacation. If you are planning your vacation in the Florida Keys, and plan on scuba diving in Islamorada, than we highly recommend you stop by what we call the Alligator Reef. The USS Alligator sank in 1822 while protecting another ship from pirates. This ship has become more recognized as a reef than a shipwreck, and is home to hundreds of colorful, tropical fish. Another great wreck to scuba dive or snorkel for the first time is The Eagle. The Eagle was a Dutch freighter that is home to coral, sponges, and schools of fish like grunts, tarpon, and jack.

Big Pine Key

The HMS Looe was a frigate that had sunk in 1744 (yes, you read that right). Fortunately, for us in the Florida Keys, the HMS Looe has become an amazing coral reef garden for snorkeling and scuba diving tours. This beautiful reef is unique in that there are often amazing variety of marine animals seen here. Some have reported seeing sea turtles, sting rays, and even gigantic whale sharks from time to time.

Key West

Key West has plenty of great things to do on land, but when it comes to underwater exploration, one cannot miss scuba diving the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. The historic Vandenberg sank in less than two minutes in 2009, and is the southernmost shipwreck on the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail. This huge ship has made an amazing home for so many types of different fish like the Barracuda, and Parrotfish.

For more information on booking your scuba diving vacation in Key West, and visit the Vandenberg, call us today at 1(866)563-1805.