Did you know that in some circles, the Florida Keys are considered one of the Dive Capitals of the world?!  Prepare to be amazed at the coral-encrusted ships and detailed natural coral formations. Islamorada is made up of six islands in total, and within those six islands there are plenty of exciting things to do, experience and explore. Plus, no matter if you are an experienced diver or a beginner Islamorada has a nice variety of shallow reefs for snorkellers, and a range of deeper reefs for experienced divers.

Here are 3 dive spots that will surely spark your interest in the area.

Davis Ledge

If you are looking for schools of fish, Davis Ledge is the perfect place to dive. The fish alone are a sight to see as they move in unison and surround you with colour. On a typical dive in Davis Ledge, you could spot several lobsters and eels as well as parrotfish and angelfish. But, if you are looking for even more excitement and want to come face to face with a nurse shark, Davis Ledge is a site that almost guarantees that.

Is that still not interesting enough? Well then things get even more interesting with a Buddha statue lying underwater! You can approach Buddha, rub his belly in search of good luck, or just observe the beauty of the area. This dive site is easy to navigate and perfect for a beginning diver or a relaxed shallow dive.

El Infante

This is a great site for all those history buffs out there. You can find the lost ship of Silver Plate Fleet from 1733, which was thought to be lost forever in a hurricane. Although there are fewer remains of El Infante than of the more famous San Jose shipwreck, this dive is known for the recovery of unique silver coins which have special edge markers. Hundreds of these coins have been recovered at this site and still today, some artefacts pop up from the wreck. So get ready to explore and travel back in history as you take this dive.

Crocker Reef

This is truly a great site for experiencing the diversity and beauty the ocean has to offer. There are tons of coral formations in this area as well as sightings of eagle rays, turtles, and stingrays. Plus, if you are looking for something more interesting, the rare black coral can be found by drifting the wall end of the reef. The reef is also marked by many small canyons, which are a result of natural formation.  Because of the vast area this reef is made up of it is broken in subareas: Crocker Wall where a diver will find a sudden drop from 55 to 90 feet and Crocker Shallows which provide a nice place for diving ranging in depth from 35 to 50 feet.

Photo by Chris O’Brien Wicklow

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 11:00
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