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Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

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Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
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Looe Key reef has been federally protected since 1981, first as a national marine sanctuary and now as an Existing Management Area* within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This area includes a Sanctuary Preservation Area* (SPA) that is a popular snorkelling and dive destination for new and experienced divers alike. A diversity of fish congregate here - parrots and surgeonfish on the north side; barracudas and jacks on top of the reef; grunts, butterflyfish, and angelfish on the reef crest. It is located approximately 5.5 nautical miles south of Ramrod Key and about eight nautical miles southwest of Bahia Honda State Park. *Special use regulations apply here.
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Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

I was in the Keys for mini-lobster season and we stopped at the Marine Sanctuary by Looe Key to snorkel and snuba with the Goliath Grouper. Also saw some nurse sharks and incredibly colored fish. The most beautiful snorkeling I've ever experienced.... the Marine Sanctuary...More

Thank Brightorigin
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

While staying on Cudjoe Key for mini-lobster season, we always make time for a few trips (usually daily) to Looe Key Reef. We try to hit different areas (bouys) each time so we can eventually see the entire reef. One of my favorite areas is...More

1  Thank Luci W
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We decided last minute to take our 6 grandchildren snorkeling. After hearing from many KeyWest locals and reading reviews we chose Looe Key. Our grandchildren range in age from 4 to 13. 4 out of the 6 we're thrilled as well as these two grandparents....More

Thank sunnygma
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Looe Key Reef is one of the most beautiful reefs in the Florida Key's, this is the real thing, a living coral that extends out to sea, located about 10 nautical miles southwest of the Bahia Honda Channel marked by buoys. The depth ranges from...More

1  Thank happytraveler709
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Fantastic boat ride out, just have to be careful of the wind. Once your out there, you have to find a place to dock. Everybody there is having a great time and you will to if you follow the rules. The water is crystal clear...More

Thank bandit153
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

A gorgeous reef with blue water teeming with marine life. You will see amazing coral, fish galore and so much more. Just the other day we saw some sharks ( don't worry- they aren't dangerous) and a Goliath grouper that was huge. Totally a magical...More

Thank Sunny8795
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

This was worth it despite the high seas and low visibility. We would do this again. We saw lots of beautiful fish, barracuda, goliath grouper, and shark. We took the tour with Bahia Honda and it was great.

Thank snpkelley
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

It was awesome and pretty dang cheap too. Left from Bahia Honda, cost $35 for the boat ride. Gave us a little over an hour of swimming time, which went by pretty quick. Saw barracuda, a reef shark, a giant grouper among the large coral...More

1  Thank Brad P
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Booked the trip from Bahia Honda State Park. Snorkeled in Marathon, Key and West and here. This is the best place to snorkel. Don't waste money in Key West. Sombrero reef is also good. Saw a Goliath groper, sharks, lots of barracudas and lots lots...More

1  Thank beachadmirer74
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

After reading all of the amazing reviews of the snorkeling trips to Looe Key, I was disappointed when the coral and fish life was so limited. We did see several reef sharks which was the only cool thing about it. We went on the trip...More

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ken b
22 August 2017|
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Response from sunnygma | Reviewed this property |
We called directly to Looe Key Dive Center. They were great to work with.
2 April 2017|
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Response from beachadmirer74 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 40-45 minutes boat ride, you can book the tour from the state park office...yes it's absolutely worth it. I did 3 snorkeling trips in marathon, key west and this one. This trip is the best.
29 November 2016|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
Yes! Just be sure to mention this when you book a snorkel tour.