Christ Of The Deep Snorkeling
The 12th most popular snorkel dive spot in the Florida Keys.
Sunday 4 December 2016 06:30 GMT
Located off Key Largo, the Christ Of The Deep statue is a popular snorkeling destination within the Key Largo Dry Rocks Dive Site. It is a 9 foot tall bronze statue located in 20 feet of water. It is marked by a buoy, which is not usually visible due to the small swells. The Christ Of The Deep statue is a replica of the Christ Of The Abyss statue and was created by Guido Galletti. The best time for snorkeling here is at low tide. The area around the statue is also a blue gobies cleaning station.
The snorkeling at Christ Of The Deep is accessible by boat only. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the dive site, which is within the Key Largo Dry Rocks Sanctuary Preservation Area. Of the 15 mooring buoys, the best snorkeling can be found at buoy D4 and buoy D5, which are closest to the statue. Many of the snorkelers prefer the North Dry Rocks area.
After a day snorkeling Christ Of The Deep, check out the Key Largo Conch House for some cold drinks.
While the snorkeling at Christ Of The Deep is possible year-round, most snorkelers usually shoot for March through September. There is usually some rolling surf at most snorkeling sites off Key Largo, while you can expect the flatest surf conditions from June through August.
When using a dive boat charter to reach the dive site, make sure to reconfirm the reservation the afternoon prior. Most dive boats select the site the afternoon prior or even the morning of the dive. Also, most dive boats have a minimum passenger requirement in order to leave dock meaning they may cancel at the last minute, so when reverifying the afternoon prior ask how many reservations they have.
To reach the snorkeling in the Florida Keys by air, there are several options. The most popular option is to fly into Miami International Airport (MIA), which is served by all major US and international airlines. Also nearby, a potentially lower cost option is to fly into Ft Lauderdale airport (FLL). From either of these airports, you can rent a car to drive south on the Florida Turnpike a couple hours to reach the Florida Keys (watch out for automated cash-less toll highways along the way).
Overall, Christ Of The Deep is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 40 snorkeling dives in the Florida Keys. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Christ Of The Deep including John Pennekamp State Park, Molasses Reef, White Bank Reef, Carysfort Reef, Elbow Reef and Key Largo Dry RocksPickles Reef.