Located in Florida Keys, the snorkeling in Key Largo offers over ten good snorkel dive spots. The best Key Largo snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be John Pennekamp State Park, White Bank Reef, Christ Of The Deep, Molasses Reef, and Pickles Reef. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Key Largo snorkeling dive below.
Off Key Largo, the snorkeling at John Pennekamp State Park is known for its dramatic underwater scenery and diverse marine life. When snorkeling, you will see corals along with up to 400 types of tropical fish. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an underwater park starting on the eastern coast of Key Largo and far offshore for 5 miles to the main reef. There are a couple novice snorkeling dives accessed from the park beaches, but the real action is the numerous boat accessed snorkeling dives about 20 minutes offshore.
In the upper Florida Keys, the snorkeling off Key Largo is known for its several reefs of elkhorn and brain coral such as Molasses Reef. These reef are covered in sea fans that provide habitat for sergeant majors, blue tangs and angelfish. The Molasses Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area is a classic spur-and-grove reef system in 5 to 40 foot deep water. It is located within the boundary of John Pennekamp Marine State Park.
Southeast of Key Largo, the snorkeling at White Bank Dry Rocks reef is popular for its two coral reefs separated by a narrow channel. While snorkeling White banks, you can expect to see parrotfish, damselfish, angelfish, butterflyfish and plenty of snorkeling tour boats. The northern section is known for it's denser coral formation in 18 foot deep water, while other sections have plentiful sea fans and sea plumes. While the snorkeling at White Bank Reef is possible year-round, most snorkelers usually shoot for March through September.