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Molasses Reef

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Address: Key Largo, FL
Phone Number: 3054516322
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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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Best dive site in the Keys

We did two dives here on a great day. No wind. Flat seas. Clear water. And we saw it all. Sharks, turtles, eels, and rays along with thousands of fish, spiny lobsters and pillar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Greg F
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Jacksonville, United States
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Jacksonville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did two dives here on a great day. No wind. Flat seas. Clear water. And we saw it all. Sharks, turtles, eels, and rays along with thousands of fish, spiny lobsters and pillar coral! Great dive guide with us, Brent at Rainbow Reef!

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Thank Greg F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This reef was nice, not as much selfie as you would see in, say, Mexico, but nice. it's only been protected for about 20 years.. if appears to be recovering nicely.

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Thank Barrett3887
Davie, Florida
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good trip out to the Reef, we saw. Dolphins, Rays,sargent majors, nurse sharks, and on. friendly staff at reservations and aboard ! Keep protecting for generations more to visit,!

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Thank Marian M
Wasatch Range, Utah
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beauty and majesty of this reef at Pennekamp is amazing! We went with Quiessence, the Dive Shop that didn't disappoint, especially because they give a more personal touch and only have 6 divers in their boats. Great for your kids!

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Thank formerlylost
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We usually see a decent amount of barracudas and reef fish at Molasses. It's also a good bet for seeing sea turtles. The water is not very deep or terribly far off shore making it a nice spot for first timers. There are a bunch of snorkeling boats that go here, try to get a boat with no more than... More 

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Thank Melibrooklyn
Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Granted I'm a beginning diver but Molasses reef is one of my favorites. It's a shallow dive less than 30 feet but we saw reef and nurse sharks, rays and a sea turtle

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Thank danricc7
Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm an advanced diver but still loved exploring the whole area (though it wasn't "deep" or "intense" - tons of life and structure

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent about 2 hours at this reef. The reef was nice and we saw lots of coral, conch, fish, sting rays, barracuda, and an eel. It was great but it was also sad to see so much damage. Lots of people were standing on the reef and even touching the conch and coral. It is still beautiful but I... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice 2 hour trip on the princess glass bottom boat out to the reef. Molasses reef had a narrated boat employee sharing the descriptions of what we saw. Lots of elbow room.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've done a few dives on Molasses Reef and have yet to be disappointed. The water quality and temperature are fabulous and there is a varied quality of sea life. This area proves that you do not have to dive past 50 feet to have a wonderful dive. Can't wait to return next year!

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