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Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

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Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
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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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Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A gorgeous reef with blue water teeming with marine life. You will see amazing coral, fish galore and so much more. Just the other day we saw some sharks ( don't worry- they aren't dangerous) and a Goliath grouper that was huge. Totally a magical...More

Thank Sunny8795
Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

This was worth it despite the high seas and low visibility. We would do this again. We saw lots of beautiful fish, barracuda, goliath grouper, and shark. We took the tour with Bahia Honda and it was great.

Thank snpkelley
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

It was awesome and pretty dang cheap too. Left from Bahia Honda, cost $35 for the boat ride. Gave us a little over an hour of swimming time, which went by pretty quick. Saw barracuda, a reef shark, a giant grouper among the large coral...More

1  Thank Brad P
Reviewed January 1, 2017

Booked the trip from Bahia Honda State Park. Snorkeled in Marathon, Key and West and here. This is the best place to snorkel. Don't waste money in Key West. Sombrero reef is also good. Saw a Goliath groper, sharks, lots of barracudas and lots lots...More

1  Thank beachadmirer74
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

After reading all of the amazing reviews of the snorkeling trips to Looe Key, I was disappointed when the coral and fish life was so limited. We did see several reef sharks which was the only cool thing about it. We went on the trip...More

5  Thank Reebs41
Reviewed October 29, 2016

This is a very cool place to snorkel and well worth the time and money to do so. This is a very neat reef, and it is filled with life. While there, we saw a black tipped reef shark, a big and beautiful stingray, and...More

1  Thank chester110105
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

I was so glad we managed to fit this into our trip to the keys. The snorkeling here was 20x better than Key West! (However we love it in Key West also!) They boat you about 5 1/2 miles out to sea and drop anchor...More

2  Thank Lydia O
Reviewed August 27, 2016

Most people stop diving further north along the keys, i.e. Key Largo or Islamorada, but if you have the opportunity be sure to take the time to stop here and, at the very least, snorkel. It is not deep, less than 30 feet, so it...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

My family thoroughly enjoyed our snorkeling trip to looe key reef. The fish were beautiful and we even were able to see two goliath grouper that were absolutely amazing. They were estimated by the dive master to be about 100 pounds for the baby and...More

Thank rjb1122
Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Absolute BEST diving available near the mainland. I've been driving here since I was a kid (50 years) and it remains unspoiled. Warm, tropical waters usually offer 50'-70' vis. Colorful fish and reef, just about 5 miles off Big Pine Key. Bring extra tanks because...More

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How far is to Looe Key from Bahia Honda and is it worth the trip out
April 2, 2017|
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Response from beachadmirer74 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 40-45 minutes boat ride, you can book the tour from the state park office...yes it's absolutely worth it. I did 3 snorkeling trips in marathon, key west and this one. This trip is the best.
Hello I am planning a trip to Key west in few weeks, I have never snorkel is it OK for the first timer? Thanks
November 28, 2016|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
Yes! Just be sure to mention this when you book a snorkel tour.