Key Largo, United States

(206 reviews)

Average on surface: 23ºC

Average on bottom: 22ºC

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Average depth: 16.78m

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Simply known as "Slab", this reef may have been one of the best dives yet! It's small with a lot of crevices and low swim-throughs, especially at the "point" where our Captain, Steve, dropped his anchor. Off of the point, he told us, about 100 yards at a bearing of 220 degrees was an archway that we needed to visit and swim through. An easy traverse back, and around the opposite side of the Slab clockwise would bring us back to the anchor. This is a reef that isn't on most maps, or any that I could find (thus, I'm not sure of its exact location). Capt. Steve says he comes here often to dive and explore. It's obvious that the reef isn't visited by many, as it is very healthy and clean, with an abundance of marine life. We started off exploring the crevices and swim-through at the point. Here, I saw the first lion fish I've seen yet--actually a pair of them. (Not a good sign, but beautiful to see nonetheless!) Cam or Billy, or someone--not sure who--shot a bearing to the archway and we played "follow-the-leader" out to the arch. I stayed a bit behind never losing site of the diver in front of me, or Joseph behind, who stayed back to explore the cave a bit more. Swimming through the arch was cool, as there was a slight current, stronger than anywhere else on this dive, it seemed, and the fish were hiding out under facing and swimming into it, not moving forward at all. But the real treat was swimming back over. Crystal clear waters at that depth, and very colorful, I had the opportunity to shoot some great video of two butterflyfish bobbing up and down around the bubbles coming through the coral from the divers below. Our trip back was over the same, sandy flat bottom sprinkled with all sorts of coral and sponges and small reef fish (including a rather large squirrel fish). We returned to the point, where I filmed the two lion fish. (I later noticed in the video a large grouper hanging out behind them that I hadn't paid much attention to while filming.) We left the point again to circumnavigate the slab. Again, we came across an abundance of reef fish of all types. The highlight, though, was an ancient loggerhead turtle that Billy found. He was half hidden under a low ledge. As I swam by, I was truly amazed by his size! His head was bigger than mine, and he looked very old. We all gathered around while Laurin desperately tried coaching him out of his hiding place. He finally obliged and, as he did so, swam a full circle around me and then slowly swam back over the reef off into the distance. I'm not sure of the size: maybe 5-6 feet long from head to tail, with a 3 1/2 to 4 foot long carapace. He may have been as big as a VW! (Well, he looked like it under water!) At any rate, Billy said later it was the largest loggerhead he has ever seen. And it was a great conclusion to the best dive trip I've been on! Incidentally, we reported the lionfish siting to Captain Steve. SAC = 0.98 cf/min

Plongée sur une des plus grosse épave du monde. Des Barracudas énorme dés le debut de la plongée donne le tempo de cette plongé. Arrivée sur l'épave et posé sur une partie haute de l'épave un requin mort de 2m mordu par un autre beaucoup plus gros. Au loin un Merou de 2m de long et un Napoleon de 3m de grosseur. Faune magnifique. Beaucoup de GROS en plus de l'une des épaves la plus belle que j'ai vue. Mérite de revenir pour plusieurs plongées.

This is a continuation of my first log. This is my second dive on this day at the same location. Still clear water, but a little less visibility than the first time down. Saw another shark, and another two barracudas. Also, saw some large fishes that I'm unable to name. Lastly, I got to see a giant (and probably ancient) sea turtle. Some on the boat estimated it to be older than 150yrs based on size.

This was a great dive too! Loved that there was like no jellies here! It was amazing to swim in the trenches between all the coral. Surfaced a long swim away from the boat. It was easy to get confused. We went back down and swam until we were low on air. The surface swim was the worst! All totally worth it! Pictures: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ald023u888oo072/AADZu_KNodWgwG0Y-kcj-74Ca?dl=0

Open water dive #2 for PADI certification. A great section of reef with small valleys and small caves to look into. This part of the reef has much more marine life such as Barracuda and other fish that are more brightly colored then the other part of the reef we were at earlier.

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