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Molasses Reef, Key Largo

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Featuring colorful marine life, Molasses Reef is one of Florida's prime diving and snorkeling locations. The depths of this elaborate reef complex range from 3 m (10 ft) to 30 m (100 ft). While smaller depths allow you to enjoy underwater views with snorkeling equipment, the deeper sections are excellent for drift diving. The long-running protection and conservation programs have kept the reef a secure ecosystem. You can see brain coral, star coral, lobsters, eels, turtles, and a wide selection of fish, including nurse sharks, and rays. You also can see remnants of ships that sunk on the ocean floor. Be sure to follow the instructions of Coast Guard officers who patrol the area, and don't interfere with the wildlife. To visit Molasses Reef and get the most from your holiday in Key Largo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Key Largo vacation trip planner.
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  • You have to go this reef. You can take a glass bottom boat from the dock next to the African Queen. There is one from Penekamp as well but this one seemed better for viewing and less expensive. The re...  more »
  • Molasses Reef has a lot of wild life, beautiful colors, and not too deep. Great place for underwater photography. 
  • I have snorkeled and dived this reef for almost fifty years and will continue to return as long as possible.