A favorite among divers and snorkelers visiting Key Largo, Florida. All alongside it there are many remains of ships that wrecked against this dangerous coral barrier reef. This reef is located 6 miles off the coast line of Key Largo. Expect to see French grunts, blue-striped grunts, white grunts, trumpetfish, gray angelfish, French angelfish, queen angelfish, yellow tail snapper, chubs, tangs, scrawled filefish, trunkfish, scrawled cowfish, sergeant major, yellowtail damselfish, butterflyfish, Atlantic spadefish, porkfish, bar jack, yellow goatfish, porcupinefish, blue chromis, grouper, great barracuda, every type of parrotfish, and so many more we can’t even name them all! Everyone describes their time at Molasses Reef as like being in an aquarium.
There are so many mooring balls at this site, it would take you at least six two tank trips to see the entire reef system! Request a ” double dip ” when booking and you won’t be sorry!
There are a few memorials placed to former Scuba Instructors whose ashes were placed here over the years. Shallowest 23 feet deep Max depth 43 feet. Some huge sponge formations, often see Nurse sharks & Reef sharks. Lots of Blade Coral, Branching Coral, Elkhorn corals, and staghorn corals. Slow down and you may find a few large colorful Giant anemones among the living coral reef and crawling in the sandy areas a few Florida Horse Conch, Florida Fighting Conch, and maybe a Queen Conch. Please remember all Conch are protected in Florida, so look but don’t touch or take.
As with all dive sites at Molasses Reef, you may come across some signs of old shipwrecks