SCUBA Diving

With some of the world's best warm-water wreck and reef diving, Key West is a great place to dive.

46' SCUBA dive boat does a morning wreck diving trip and an afternoon reef diving trip.

This is the 46′ SCUBA dive boat that will take you to the reef or wreck for excellent diving.

With the world’s third largest coral reef and numerous wreck sites, Key West is an excellent location to enjoy your SCUBA skills or learn the sport for the first time.

Our warm, tropical, and clear water is brimming with sea life – including fish, rays, coral reef, sea turtles, and numerous invertebrates – give divers a most memorable vacation experience.

In 2009, a few miles offshore of Key West, the USS Vandenberg was sunk – creating the world’s second largest artificial reef.  The ship is over 522 feet in length and sits in 140-feet of water – offering some of the best wreck diving for advanced divers.

Two dive trips are available each day and depart from Old Town.

Our recommendations for SCUBA diving in Key West:


Southpoint Dive Shop’s Discover Scuba Diving – Dive in a Day

For beginners who want to quickly experience scuba diving at the coral reef, this is the way to go. Known as a “resort course”, in the morning you’ll learn to scuba dive in a swimming pool, and later that afternoon you’ll dive the coral reef. This is a spectacular introduction to the course and an experience won’t soon forget.

The Casa Marina pool, where you'll learn the SCUBA dive with an instructor.

The Casa Marina pool, where you’ll learn the SCUBA dive with an instructor.

What to expect:

      • In the morning, you’ll learn to dive in the swimming pool at the Casa Marina. 10 am session fills first, then 8:30 am session fills. The session lasts two hours.
      • In the afternoon, you’ll head 6 miles offshore on board a 64′ dive boat for a double-reef, two-tank dive with an instructor.  There is a 4:1 ratio of passengers to instructors.

What to bring:

Towel, sunscreen, beverages, snacks.  The boat has an ice chest and fresh water.

Cost:

$225 per person.  Includes all instruction and gear.

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Southpoint Dive Shop’s – Morning Wreck Dive
For advanced divers, the wreck of the USS Vandenberg is a must dive.

For advanced divers, the wreck of the USS Vandenberg is a must dive.

Visits the wreck of the USS Vandenberg. This trip is for advanced or above certified divers. Open water certified divers need a guide to accompany them.

What to expect:

      • Two-tank dive.
      • 8:00 check in.  Depart the docks between 8:30 – 9:00 am.  Return to the docks by 12:30 pm.

What to bring:

Towel, sunscreen, beverages, snacks.  The boat has an ice chest and fresh water.

Cost: (includes mask, fins, snorkel)

      • $95 if you need tanks & weights
      • $120 for full set-up, including tanks, weights, regulator, and BC
      • Guide $30.  Private guide $100. (required for open-water certified divers wanting to wreck dive)
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Southpoint Dive Shop’s – Afternoon Double-Reef Dive

Visits two reef spots for a two-tank dive.

Key West is home to the only living coral reef in the United States, and is one of the most biologically diverse sections of ocean in the entire Atlantic.

Key West is home to the only living coral reef in the United States, and is one of the most biologically diverse sections of ocean in the entire Atlantic.

What to expect:

      • Two-tank dive.
      • 1:00 pm check in.  Depart the docks between 1:30 – 2:00 pm.  Return to the docks by 5:30 pm.

What to bring:

Towel, sunscreen, beverages, snacks.  The boat has an ice chest and fresh water.

Cost: (includes mask, fins, snorkel)

      • $95 if you need tanks & weights
      • $120 for full set-up, including tanks, weights, regulator, and BC
For reservations and information:

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