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Molasses Reef

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Key Largo, FL
+1 305-451-6322
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Among the Best Reef Diving in the United States

We visited Molasses Reef on Thanksgiving Day and had a great visit. Although we've heard that... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
Rick B
Southlake, Texas
A little piece of Heaven

Fantastic diving, excellent photo ops and tons of marine life. Put this place on your bucket... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2017
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Two ships deliberately sunk in 1987 to provide artificial reefs for experienced divers.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

We visited Molasses Reef on Thanksgiving Day and had a great visit. Although we've heard that things have changed since Hurricane Irma, we found plenty of coral and saw sharks, turtles, moray, barracuda and, of course, thousands of fish. We will come again!

1  Thank Rick B
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Fantastic diving, excellent photo ops and tons of marine life. Put this place on your bucket list. If you dive, go with Rainbow Reef, the crew there are very knowledgeable and know the best spots to venture to.

2  Thank Vanguard81
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We went for a diving vacation (could not move the dates) 1,5 months after the hurricane Irma. Molasses was pretty much the only reef with good visibility, but it is large and has a lot to offer. All the small fish were back. There was...More

1  Thank Sukey B
Reviewed 15 November 2017

If you end up on Molasses Reef because you wanted to dive there (not as a substitute for a blown out site), I would give it 4 stars. Beats French Reef.

Thank Ralf J
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Irma did some damage but all-in-all, it was still an enjoyable dive. We actually dove off of our waverunners this time! Great trip. Water was calm and clear. Vis was about 60ft. As a bonus, we saw a few Turtles.

Thank blong5150
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This was my first Key Largo diving and sadly, I was disappointed. I was told that prior to Hurricane Irma it looked no different so unfortunately, you can't blame the storm. Since the reef is protected, I did see a lot of the traditional cast...More

1  Thank krisleern
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Oct.11th about a month after Irma the reef is sandy and full of new things to see. the hurricane moved tuns of sand uncovering parts of old wrecks and moving things around.

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We snorkelled Molasses Reef on a guided trip with Sail Fish Scuba. We saw a caribbean reef shark, sea turtles and nurse sharks as well as a variety of reef fish.

Thank andrees71
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Dove a couple of sites on Molasses Reef. Two notable sites were the Winch Hole and Northstar. Plenty of reef life The usual characters were there and plentiful. Parrot and Trigger fish abound in variety as well as Tangs and Angels. Saw the biggest French...More

Thank Demian I
Reviewed 2 November 2017

have you never scuba dived or snorkeled? want to take the kids or pics? THIS IS THE SPOT! great for beginners, I prefer the middle of the day for the clearest views!

1  Thank JimDeBerry
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25 June 2017|
Response from DutchLace | Reviewed this property |
Look at Molasses Reef, we posted 3 of them from that reef. Posted picture on a different date.
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
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