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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: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
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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Incredible snorkeling experience

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... read more

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

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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newjersey
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My husband and I went Snorkelling at Looe Key. The visibility in the water was great. The fish are so close you could reach out and touch them. The Goliath Grouper that lives in the area was very curious. He wanted my husband's underwater camera. He kept circling around him, very inquisitively. There are a few companies that do trips... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beautiful reef with so many varieties of fish. The giant grouper are awesome and will swim right up to you. Very clear water and one of the best reefs I've been to in the Keys. This is the most reasonably priced snorkeling tour I have ever been on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

One of most beautiful spots in the keys. Truly worth the time and money to get out there to see one out natural reefs in the U.S. Would only recommend to those who are moderate to strong swimmers.

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Virginia beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We took a boat tour out of Bahia Honda to Looe Key Reef! Definitely a must see but not for people who cannot swim or get sea sick. The crew was very honest about the sea conditions and gave us an opportunity to get off the boat if we felt uncomfortable. We are glad we went because we got to... More 

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Address: Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4700
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys

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