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Address: Key Largo, FL
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Two ships deliberately sunk in 1987 to provide artificial reefs for...
Two ships deliberately sunk in 1987 to provide artificial reefs for experienced divers.
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Possibly the largest patch of coral in the Florida Keys Reef System

It can get a bit crowded during peak season in the summertime. But, it's a massive spur-and-groove coral system. There are over 30 mooring balls to hook up to. Most of the mooring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It can get a bit crowded during peak season in the summertime. But, it's a massive spur-and-groove coral system. There are over 30 mooring balls to hook up to. Most of the mooring balls are quite shallow. This, combined with typically clear waters, results in beautiful light and color. Molasses Reef has incredible bio-diversity with everything from sharks, rays, turtles... More 

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florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

There was plenty to see and the conditions were perfect. I heard the current could be strong, but that was not the case on that day.

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McKinney, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My actual first time on an ocean. I've been on freshwater lakes, and rivers, so this was new territory, and it was quite enjoyable. I think the glass needs a little cleaning, both bottom and sides, and a few cracks were present, but the tour guides were great, the other passengers were well-behaved, though a couple of times the kids... More 

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Dove Eagle Ray Alley and The Aquarium on the reef. Both nice, shallow dives with plenty of variety -- both in color and size of the critters and the reefs themselves. A lovely spot.

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Denver
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

we took the glass bottom boat tour, it was great! Lots to see, the boat captain kept us over various parts of the reef which had many different types of coral, brilliantly colored schools of fish, sea life everywhere.

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Jeanerette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

You will never have a bad dive on Molasses reef! There is so much to see! The coral and fish life are abundant. Lots of eels hiding so keep your eyes peeled- in late May you can start to see the spotted eagle rays. They normally have nurse sharks and turtles hanging out there and there are always more lobster... More 

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Semmes, Alabama
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We dove on Molasses a few times with Scuba Do Dive Company during our recent trip. There were some really pretty sites here. Unfortunately, the current was strong several times, so we didn't get to see as much of it as we would have liked-but that is just a good reason to make another trip to Key Largo in the... More 

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Arcadia, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We saw nice little nurse shark, 3 eagle rays, and a big sting ray. My wife and son are rather new to diving so the strong current on that day was a bit tough for them but not much you can do about that. They now have that experience though going forward.

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Marblehead, Ohio, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The Florida Keys is a popular diving spot in the U.S. It is ranked high for diving, not for the beauty of the coral reef but because of the number of divers that dive there. I have been diving in other parts of the world where the coral is richer in color and the water is a vibrant blue and... More 

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Paragould
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I've never snorkeled any real reefs before, so keeping that in mind, I was blown away by this place. The currents were pretty high when we went so you had to pretty much swim the whole time, but I saw parrot fish, tangs, a nurse shark, big rays, you name it. Could have done this all day. Don't know how... More 

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Address: Address: Key Largo, FL
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key Largo

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