Alligator Reef

Located 6 miles south-southwest of Windley Key and ranging in depths from 8 to 40 feet, this is an excellent dive for novice divers as well as those wanting photo opportunities of marine life. Mooring buoys make this dive very accessible. This is a SPA (Sanctuary Preserve Area) which covers .2 nautical miles. Alligator Reef is among the largest reef systems in the Upper Keys and is designated as a SPA area (Sanctuary Preserve Area). The original ship, the USS Alligator, was destroyed by her crew after running aground. The only real remains to be seen are 2 piles of ballast rocks. The 136 foot lighthouse tower on Windley Key is a good point of reference to find the site. Mooring buoys near the most popular part of the reef make anchoring easy. Nearby is Alligator Gulley which is a great site for spotting marine life and several species of coral. In the 1960s a study was done in the area around Alligator Reef and more than 500 different species of marine life were found and cataloged. Corals and tropical fish are abundant.

Notes: Marine Preserve, Wreck, Good Snorkeling

N 24 51.779' W 080 37.339'
20 FT 6 M
72 FT 22 M
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Islamorada, FL
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