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Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

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Address: Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4700
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Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving
Description: Looe Key reef has been federally protected since 1981, first as a national...
Looe Key reef has been federally protected since 1981, first as a national marine sanctuary and now as an Existing Management Area* within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This area includes a Sanctuary Preservation Area* (SPA) that is a popular snorkelling and dive destination for new and experienced divers alike. A diversity of fish congregate here - parrots and surgeonfish on the north side; barracudas and jacks on top of the reef; grunts, butterflyfish, and angelfish on the reef crest. It is located approximately 5.5 nautical miles south of Ramrod Key and about eight nautical miles southwest of Bahia Honda State Park. *Special use regulations apply here.
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great place to snorkel

Amazing. Saw countless fish..3 shark...several barracudas.. The coral was very interesting. I cannot wait to go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Went diving two different days with this dive operation.Although there were snorkels on the boat everyone had a good time.Nice warm water , beautiful coral , lots of fish. Katie made everyone feel comfortable and at the same time have fun. The day we were there the water was 87 and no current.would definitely go with them again.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Amazing. Saw countless fish..3 shark...several barracudas.. The coral was very interesting. I cannot wait to go back.

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Looe Key is a beautiful reef with luscious tropical marine life. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Everything was supplied. A great value for $40, 2 hours of snorkeling.

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Great for the kids! Took my 8yr old and she was a first timer. She did great! U will see Goliath Grouper that are huge, beautiful black and blue fish, reef shark, barracuda, brain coral, and much more. Only 30 min boat ride from Bahia Honda State Park.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I would highly recommend a boat trip out to Looe Key. If you take your own boat there are many buoys that you can moor up to. If you have little kids I would recommend mooring up to the buoys on the West side of the reef which is the shallower side. Snorkeling here is from 2 - 5 feet... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I have scuba and snorkeled here several times. Always great marine life and usually some sharks! A great place to snorkel or dive if you are in the area!

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I took the Looe Key Dive Center out to visit Looe Key. We loved that they offered us more water time and 2 locations at Look Key. The reef is amazing and full of life. Both locations at Looe Key were full of fish, tons of species, we saw barracuda, a reef shark, a huge stingray, &... More 

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I set out to snorkel Looe Key with from Bahia Honda. It was perfect since my wife wasn't snorkeling, she could stay on the incredible beach as I swam. I knew it would be fun, but had no idea how incredible it would be. As soon as I was in the water, I knew I was in for something special.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went out on a morning snorkel with Looe Key Dive Center on Ramrod. This experience was nothing short of spectacular! We were amazed by the coral and the sea life. Saw manifferent kinds of beautiful fish and even sharks (the friendly kind!) My husband saw a huge goliath grouper. It was a fantastic snorkeling adventure! Beautiful calm warm waters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We moored our boat and just jumped into the clear warm water. Schools of colorful fishes immediately surround you, curiously peering into your mask. It was fantastic. Snappers, groupers, parrot fish, barracuda, etc. it was all fun and dandy until a Goliath Grouper approached. I immediately jumped out of the water into the boat. Almost 2 meters, it was larger... More 

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