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Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary

Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
305-809-4700
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Ranked #10 of 170 attractions in Florida Keys
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Our 10 year old twins loved their 1st experience snorkeling . We took the trip through Bahia Honda State Park to Looe Key, captain & mate were informative and friendly. Hubby & I have been to many Caribbean Islands scuba diving and snorkeling and found Looe Key to be just as good, which was a pleasant surprise.

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Charlottesville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We just visited Looe Key for a couple of days. It was the first time I had been there in 20 years. The protected Sanctuary is relatively small and the dives are shallow, 30' max and often shallower. It is a great reef for snorkelers, beginning divers, and even experienced divers. Generally, you drop in at either the west or... More

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Denver
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This reef is amazing. We saw all of the marine life mentioned before. I want to mention that we used Mike from Lower Keys Adventure Charters, which you can find here on Trip Advisor. I can highly recommend him as your snorkel outfitter. I see that there are several. We did not want to go with a large boat full... More

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

No need to add to the extensive descriptions of Looe Key in other reviews here, and I can't compare Looe Key with other coral reef dive sites in the Keys, because we only Looe Key, in late May, for four dives on two consecutive mornings. However, I can compare it with other places I've dived--West Palm Beach, the Caribbean, the... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is a coral reef that is located about 5 miles off shore. The only way to get to it is to book a boat trip at Bahia Honda state park or through a charter service in Big Pine Key. We always go through Bahia Honda. This is a fantastic place to snorkel. Sharks, eels, eagle rays, fish (all kinds), even... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Our first attempt to make this trip was cancelled due to windy conditions. An individual with another outfitter mentioned we were "Fortunate" that the group had the good sense to cancel since her outfitter still tries to run the trips in less than ideal conditions and has a backup plan of a separate reef to go to when those don't... More

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Roaring Branch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Snorkeling on Looe Reef is the ultimate in North American snorkel locations. Take the Bahia Honda State Park boat trip.

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to take a snorkel trip to Looe Key Marine Sanctuary under the direction of the fabulous Captain Jack. The trip was amazing from start to finish. Having taken many snorkel trips before, I never underestimate the importance of having a capable Captain in charge. I appreciated Captain Jack's humor, joy and confidence in guiding the... More

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Earleville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Looe Key Reef has an abundance of fish. Whether you scuba or snorkel you will enjoy this experience. All kinds of fish, sharks, rays and moray eels.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We took the boat from the Bahia Honda park which was about a 35-40 min trip out. The snorkeling was fantastic. We are somewhat experienced snorkelers and definitely enjoyed the reef here. The day we went, it was very windy and we were warned by the Captain that the waters would be rough. Even in those conditions, we had no... More

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