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Molasses Reef

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Key Largo, FL
+1 305-451-6322
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Not a lot of color...lots of life

Visited December 2017, weather was not cooperating much. Seas very rough, 3-5 feet waves. Not... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Denver, Colorado, United States
Dead coral, unbalanced reeffish community

Key Largo is working hard at restoring the reef and raising consciousness, but in many ways it is a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patrick F
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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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Key Largo, FL
+1 305-451-6322
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited December 2017, weather was not cooperating much. Seas very rough, 3-5 feet waves. Not much visibility, obviously due to the approaching storm. First Keys dives in a couple years, but the usual suspects were lurking...nice big Scorpionfish, large sleeping nurse shark, very large baraccudas,...More

Thank AJN303
Reviewed 6 days ago

Key Largo is working hard at restoring the reef and raising consciousness, but in many ways it is a loosing battle. But I might come back because there is a strong and growing conservation community here that does world class work (e.g., REEF), and there...More

1  Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This reef is absolutely beautiful...we had not been there in along time...the children , ages 8-12 enjoyed it tremendously...it is like being in a giant aquarium...visit it on a non-windy day...we had great weather and recommend it highly specially if you have children to entertain....

1  Thank Ana M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks like the reef has taken a hit in some areas from the hurricane. We were here 18 months ago and it seemed in better shape. We saw some good fish but there has been damage to the soft corals.

1  Thank RERD09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Irma has done a lot of damage to the reef. It is wonderful to see the fish coming back. There were lobsters literally piled up in spots. I wish I would have had my camera! The reef needs time to heal but it is still...More

2  Thank Beanctr999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Damage from hurricane Irma made this an average dive. Water was very rough and murky as well. Hope it returns to its former glory.

2  Thank Fearlessphil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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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