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Christ of the Abyss is a 8 1/2 foot, 4,000 pound bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ that stands in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo, Florida. It is located near Dry Rocks, about six miles east-northeast of the Key Largo Cut, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. This sight is great for diving and snorkeling. Statue of Christ of the Abyss - This famed bronze statue rises so close to the water's surface that it can be easily viewed by snorkelers as well as divers. The statue is nestled between the coral formations of Key Largo Dry Rocks reef in just 25 feet of water. The statue is one a three made by an Italian scultor Guido Galletti, and was donated to John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park in 1966
Elbow Reef is our most popular dive spot because of its beautiful reefs that have grown up around some very old shipwrecks. The Gulf Stream passes closer to Elbow than many other Key Largo reefs which means the water on Elbow is usually clear blue providing the best visibility in the park. Some of the wrecks here have been down for over 100 years and have fostered a great deal of coral growth. A large variety of sea creatures such as moray eels, stone fish, large barracuda and goliath grouper inhabit.
The circa 1852 Carysfort Lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse in the United States and marks the most pristine and sought after dive site in North America. Due to its remote location at the Northern end of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, this site is rarely visited by anybody and it is well out of range of the majority of Key Largo dive shops. Silent World is the only operator that has Carysfort as a regular trip on the boat schedule several times a week! This area is perfect for snorkeling and diving as it offers extremely shallow areas where the coral literally sticks out of the water, right down to mini walls in 100′ of water. Carysfort Reef is named for one of its earliest victims, the twenty-eight gun frigate HMS Carysford, which ran aground in 1770.
THE SPIEGEL GROVE, LSD 32 (50′-135′).The world famous Spiegel Grove was sunk June 10, 2002 amidst a media fanfare the like of which Key Largo may never see again. While trying to sink the 510′ vessel in a controlled manner in order to have it sit upright on the bottom, she flipped upside down with her stern on the bottom and her bow still afloat. There was just enough time for the workers who were trying to finalize the sinking preparations to get off the ship. The Key Largo community came together and funded a marine salvage company to pull the vessel on it’s side where it remained for two years until miraculously, hurricane Dennis late in 2005 pushed it into an upright position. There are now schools of baitfish, barracudas, jacks and many huge Goliath grouper on the wreck. Although not a dive for beginners, mainly due to potential current, there is plenty to see in the 60-70 foot range. The ship is so massive, you could do dozens of dives on it without seeing the same things twice.Please note that this is a deep dive and requires divers to have:
Open Water Divers - can dive this site when booked with a Silent World Instructor/GuideDivers are also required to have:
The USCG Duane (WPG 33) is one of the best Key Largo diving sites for advanced scuba diving certification.
An easier Key Largo dive sites than her sister cutter the USCG Bibb (WPG 31), both had illustrious wartime and peace time careers and is another of the best dive sites.
When decommissioned, both were purchased as part of the Monroe County Artificial Reef program.
They were then prepped for scuttling, towed south of Molasses Reef off Key Largo FL.
They opened her hatches, pumped her holds with water, and on November 27, 1987, the Queen of the Fleet sank in full upright position, one day before the Bibb, and half a mile away and is another of our best
Minnow Cave is one of the best-known coral caves in the Florida Keys, and is home to many of the namesake species. The cave is part of the Northern Dry Rocks, which is a shallow reef with depths up to fifteen feet. The reef is smaller than the Key Largo Dry Rocks but offers everything except for the well-known Christ of the Deep statue. However, divers may prefer this site if they are not particularly interested in the statue and are looking for a less populated location.The filtered sunlight and shallow depth also makes this a great spot for snorkeling. Divers at this site will be amazed by the slick movements of the glass minnows that hover around the opening to the cave. Groupers and great barracuda are also commonly seen here. Divers who choose to explore crevices will find Florida's spiny lobster hiding away. This is a great dive for those looking to avoid heavy traffic but still experience a beautiful location.