Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

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Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)
4.5
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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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Kenneybee
Lindon, UT72 contributions
Good solid snorkel location
Oct 2021 • Friends
45 minute ride out from Big Pine Key, some big rollers the day we went, but still enjoyable (I imagine it would have been amazing with calmer seas). The coral is in better condition than other places in the Keys I’ve snorkeled. Saw a variety of fish, barracuda, a shark (maybe nurse?), and lots of tropical fish. Reef was 10-15 feet down, sand was 20-25 feet down.
Written October 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Trinityberry75
Port Orange, FL8 contributions
Beautiful dive spot.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great place to dive or snorkel. Loved the experience all the staff was great. We will be back next year. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
Written September 14, 2021
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sclingaman
Milwaukee, WI5 contributions
Diving the shallow reef
Apr 2021 • Couples
I agree with those who say it’s not for poor swimmers, at least in early spring months; very choppy this time of year. Vis was mediocre but reef was full of life! I saw the largest moray and barracuda I’ve ever seen, goliath grouper, and large schools of angelfish and parrotfish. Snorkeling great because the reef is so shallow, good for a refresher dive at 30 feet max depth, but then I would say go find a wreck dive!
Written April 4, 2021
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fwwood
Gainesville, Florida124 contributions
Beautiful reef
Mar 2021
This is the best snorkel/dive location I have run across in the Keys. The reef is great with lots of marine life. A treasure.
Written March 30, 2021
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j00720
lancaster pa23 contributions
A must bucket list item
Oct 2020 • Couples
Spent two glorious days out at looe key 10/11 & 10/12 on pure flat water, so flat it looked like a pond 5 miles off shore. This place is amazing in clarity and fish, you get a welcoming committee of a few hundred around your boat as you tie up to a mooring ball. The nice thing is there are always others out there enjoying the beauty with you. Plan on seeing just about every kind of fish, maybe turtles and meandering sharks just cruising the bottom, (small to medium size) awesome. Best of all this wonderful place is right here in the good old USA. Capt Hooks runs party boat trips out to the reef also its a good cheap way to get out there. Go if you can!
Written October 14, 2020
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Paisajesycomidas
Alexandria, VA198 contributions
Not for beginner swimmers
Sep 2020 • Family
This is an absolutely beautiful reef to snorkel or dive in but beware especially if you bring children or are not a good swimmer, the currents are strong and it can be pretty choppy even on days when there are “ideal” conditions.
Written September 6, 2020
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kinsley trayner💖
Jacksonville Beach, FL5 contributions
loved it!
Jul 2020
the snorkeling was amazing and i loved it! the room was super pretty! and the pool is so much fun! i loved it
Written July 2, 2020
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Renee H
Michigan67 contributions
Not an enjoyable trip
Feb 2020 • Friends
When I called to book a trip I specifically asked about the size of the waves when we go out to the reef and was told they were only 1-2 ft swales and it wouldn’t be a problem. I asked this because last year I went on a snorkeling trip to Sombero and the waves were so big you couldn’t enjoy the reef while having to fight the 4 ft swales. Anyway, we get out to the reef and low and behold again 4 ft swales and you couldn’t really enjoy yourself. The captain Katie and Brad were great and very informative about what we would be seeing and what we should and should not do. The boat ride and scenery was great but I will never go snorkeling again in Florida. 🐢🦈
Written February 6, 2020
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Foot B
59 contributions
Snorkeling in the reef
Apr 2019 • Family
Snorkeling in the nationally protected reef sealed our love affair with the keys. We could spend all day every day enjoying this beautiful place
Written December 30, 2019
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Eric B
3 contributions
A beautiful Marine Sanctuary with a multitude of sea life to experience.
Aug 2019
Whether a scuba diver or snorkeler, it is really a wonderful place. Completely protected closed to any commercial fishing.
Written September 9, 2019
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