Trip Planner:   USA  /  Florida  /  Florida Keys  /  Key Largo  /  Molasses Reef

Molasses Reef, Key Largo

4.6
#3 of 18 in Parks in Key Largo
Featuring colorful marine life, Molasses Reef is one of Florida's prime diving and snorkeling locations. The depths of this elaborate reef complex range from 3 m (10 ft) to 30 m (100 ft). While smaller depths allow you to enjoy underwater views with snorkeling equipment, the deeper sections are excellent for drift diving. The long-running protection and conservation programs have kept the reef a secure ecosystem. You can see brain coral, star coral, lobsters, eels, turtles, and a wide selection of fish, including nurse sharks, and rays. You also can see remnants of ships that sunk on the ocean floor. Be sure to follow the instructions of Coast Guard officers who patrol the area, and don't interfere with the wildlife. Put Molasses Reef on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Key Largo online travel route builder .
Create an itinerary including Molasses Reef
Save Saved
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Molasses Reef Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
773 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Saw the reef on the glass bottom boat tour. It was beautiful. The crew on the boat were friendly and informative and very interactive. I recommend for couples and older children, but not necessarily r...  more »
  • There is so much to see on molasses reef that there is no way to have a disappointing dive. The coral is top notch and the sea life is abundant with fish, sharks, turtles, etc! The dive shop we went t...  more »
Google
  • Molasses Reef is a popular dive site off the coast of Key Largo. We dove two sites along the reef (Spanish Anchor and Winch Hole) with Sailfish Scuba. The depth at the reef is between 30 an 40 feet and is perfect for beginner divers. We had 50 to 60 feet visibility during our dives. The was a large variety of sea life. We saw many nurse sharks, a black tip reef shark, lobster, eel, and many different types of fish. We were told that sea turtles are common in the reef, but we did not see any.
  • As a beginning diver it was kind of spooky. Darker at 60 ft. and kind of barren. Did see lots of Barracuda. Maybe 40 ft. Is the post "bunny" dive?

Plan your trip to Key Largo

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Side trips from Key Largo

4.7
Duration: 4​h
4.6
Duration: 3​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 5​h

Wildlife in Key Largo

View all >
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 8​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.6
Duration: 3​h

Hidden gems in Key Largo

4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h

Nearby attractions in Key Largo

4.6
Duration: 3​h
4.9
Duration: 4​h
4.5
Duration: 3​h

Adventure in Key Largo

View all >
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min