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Sombrero Reef

Marathon, FL 33050
+1 305-289-0614
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great snorkeling

We opted to rent a boat vs an group excursion. It was easy and many mooring bouyies to tie to. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
michEagan
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Eagan, Minnesota
Great reef huge amount of fish

Great reef huge amount of fish. Nothing deeper than 25 to30 feet. Fish all over nurse sharks huge... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MikeJennyQ
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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This is a spur-and-groove coral reef, sitting on the outer banks offshore of Vaca Key, characterized by large fingers of coral, separated by narrow sandbeds.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parrot fish” (23 reviews)
“tie up” (10 reviews)
“mooring balls” (10 reviews)
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Marathon, FL 33050
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"parrot fish"
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"snorkel spot"
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"protected area"
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"spirit snorkeling"
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"great snorkeling"
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"like swimming in an aquarium"
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"lots of beautiful fish"
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"sea life"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We opted to rent a boat vs an group excursion. It was easy and many mooring bouyies to tie to. We had some waves to deal with but managed to get in and see a sea turtle, many fish and barracuda while out snorkeling. It...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great reef huge amount of fish. Nothing deeper than 25 to30 feet. Fish all over nurse sharks huge barracudas nice corals. We dove the dive operators profile two 55 minute dives so we came up with a ton of air left but with boat travel...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to fish. My wife hates to fish. Compromise: I will go out and fish some of my deep wrecks around Sombrero Reef and then run back in and tie up to the big mooring balls and let her snorkel. he loves it! It's...More

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

Mooring buoys are easy to use, and plentiful. Our entire family, ages 8-44 were able to easily snorkel and see many tropical fish and pretty coral. The older kids went further from the boat and saw barracuda.

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

We were really looking forward to taking our girls (12 and 14) for their first real snorkeling adventure. We went with Spirit Snorkeling and the great captain and crew definitely made it fun. The sea became rough as we approached Sombrero Reef and we worried...More

2  Thank Ben T
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

This is one of the keys better diving sites and is just off shore of Marathon and on a clear day you will have a 100 foot of visability

1  Thank dredwind
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

Mother Nature was not fully cooperating with us as the seas were a bit choppy. It didn't stop the dive but visibility was not crystal clear either. Sea life was still fairly abundant.

Thank T0dd_N3
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Reviewed December 3, 2017

Still being cleaned after hurricane damage but looking like it will soon reopen. Sans was super soft and the views are georgeous. The locals had start d to use it again.

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Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

We come for Thanksgiving each year and always bring our boat with us. We make at least two or three trips during the week out to the reef. It’s absolutely beautiful out there and there are tons of beautiful fish swimming around you. The lighthouse...More

1  Thank AshleyD2011
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Went there today, water was rolling less than foot waves but it is still cloudy, broken ropes are strung all over. No color to see just gray and white. Hardly any fish as this reef was hit hard by Hurricane Irma unfortunately. Broken coral layers...More

2  Thank tinan222
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February 11, 2018|
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Response from Surfowl | Reviewed this property |
HI, Ask any of the tackle shops in the area or look at any chart online. You can't miss it. Huge tower. It's 3 miles from Boot Key. GPS Co-ordinates: 24 37.600N 081 06.600W Enjoy
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Sure can diving is even better
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If you search google for the water temperature in Marathon, you see the average. now it depends how quickly you freeze
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