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Molasses Reef

#4 of 71 things to do in Key Largo Features Animals
Key Largo, FL
+1 305-451-6322
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We dove on this reef a few years ago while getting our PADI Advanced Open Water Diver... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Donald C
Hadley, New York
Great viewing of ocean life

Two of us took the Key Largo Princess glass bottom boat ride out to Molasses Reef. The weather was... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Rotonda West, Florida
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Two ships deliberately sunk in 1987 to provide artificial reefs for experienced divers.
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  • Average5%
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

We dove on this reef a few years ago while getting our PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. On this most recent trip we visited it in a glass bottom boat. Still beautiful with many types of coral and fishes. The weather and our timeline...More

Thank Donald C
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Two of us took the Key Largo Princess glass bottom boat ride out to Molasses Reef. The weather was perfect, and the water was clear and beautiful. It was about a 45 minute ride out to the reef and once we arrived there was plenty...More

Thank LynnM137
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I have nothing against ecotourism but I had planned other more serious dives. Plenty of life to see, even saw a few sharks, just prefer wrecks.

Thank Orly_P_Lalo
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Never been to see a reef before....great trip. Lots of fish, corals and even saw a spotted ray....mangroves we're beautiful!

Thank Lorna R
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

The reef wasn't as colorful as my 1st visit 40 years ago nor were the fish as big or plentiful. I am sure this is a sign of global warming and our allowing chemical runoff into our oceans. It is still worth seeing. The lady...More

Thank HappyFLTravelers
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Saw 2 nurse sharks, lobster and large turtle on my latest dive at Molasses Reef. Always clear water and lots of reef fish. Great dive site.

Thank Kurt W
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Absolutely beautiful spot to snorkel or dive. The water is clear and the aquatic life is vibrant. A must see.

Thank Tanya S
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We took a snorkel/dive boat with a local outfitter and it only took 35 minutes to reach the reef. Beautiful coral, tons of fish, turtles, even a shark! Crystal clear water!! Highly recommend!

Thank Colleen P
Reviewed 24 April 2017

A nice boat trip to the reef. The crew was friendly and very informative. The boat was very clean. Cold beer!

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Have dived this reef a number of times but it is never other than a great experience. A wide variety of sea life and coral structures with great visibility and in spite of the popularity it never feels crowded because of the structure as you...More

Thank Time2travel2places
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Recommendations for snorkel only boat tour out of key largo
24 April 2016|
Response from jwhill45 | Reviewed this property |
I would look into Ocean Divers out of Key Largo. I just used them this past February. They were professional, friendly snd well organized. They have the newest and fastest boats in the keys. Thier new boats and location... More
Can we go and snorkel with our kids of 6 and 8 years old?
18 May 2015|
Response from KeyWestDiverJon | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Molasses Reef has many spots where the coral comes within a few feet of the surface, and in spots the coral is breaching the surface. Ocean Divers has reef trips every day and some spots are specific for... More