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Underwater Photo Location: Molassas Reef Key Largo Florida

Underwater Photo Location: Molassas Reef Key Largo Florida

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This is arguably the most beautiful collection of reefs in all of Florida! Rather than a single site, Molasses is an extensive reef complex with diving depths from about 10 feet to more than 70. At depths ranging from 10-40 feet, Molasses Reef features high profile spur and groove coral formations. At 40-60 feet down, seaward sand chutes separate a gently sloping hard flat bottom adorned by hard and soft corals, along with a variety of sponges. The "drop-off" begins in the 50-60 foot range, and extends downward at various angles to the 70-100 foot range. Excellent drift diving can be found here. This site houses massive brain coral, star coral, and other large barrier corals. Caves and ledges provide homes for lobsters, crabs, moray eels, parrot fish, angelfish, filefish, turtles, rays, and sometimes nurse sharks. This is probably the most visited site in the Florida Keys and possibly the United States.
Facts about Molassas Reef Key Largo Florida
Dive Operators - United States
  1. Explorer Ventures
  2. Sunset Divers
  3. Truk Lagoon Dive Center
  4. Aqua Hut Dive & Travel Services
  5. Great Adventures Diveshop
  6. Sand Dollar
  7. South Pacific Island Travel
  8. Island & Cruise Adventure Inc.
  9. Reservation Services Int. Inc.
  10. Aggressor Fleet
  11. Livewell Ventures
  12. Roatan Charter Inc.
  13. Atlantis Dive Center, Inc.
  14. Kids Sea Camp
  15. Caribbean Adventures
  16. Travel Masters
  17. Aqua Dreams Travel, Inc.
  18. Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas
  19. Neal Watson's Undersea Adventures
  20. Mid-Altantic Scuba Center
  21. Pro Dive
  22. Billbeard's Costa Rica
  23. Underwater Safaris
  24. Scuba North
  25. Seasport Divers Hawaii
  26. Ocean Concepts
  27. Smoky Mountain Divers
  28. Abyss Dive Center
  29. Amoray Dive Resort
  30. Kona Honu Divers
  31. Openwater Habitat
  32. Reef Trekkers Hawaii
  33. Scuba Shack
  34. Chris Sawyer Diving Center
  35. Rex Dive Center
  36. Dive Vacations By Occidental
  37. Bahia Tours Inc.
  38. The Ski & Scuba Connection
  39. Buddy Dive Resort
  40. Caradonna Caribbean Tours
  41. Island Dreams Travel
  42. Kona Coast Divers Hawaii
  43. Maui Dive Shop Hawaii
  44. Peter Hughes Diving Inc.
  45. Sail Dive Yacht
  46. 1St Spice Divers
  47. 3 Little Devils
  48. Adventure Water Sports
  49. Alpha Marine And Diving
  50. Aquarius Dive & Travel
  51. Aquatic Perceptions
  52. Beneath The Sea
  53. Broadreach Summer Adventures For Teenagers
  54. Discovery Diving Co.
  55. Dive Kauai Scuba Center
  56. Diver Down Dive Charters
  57. Kellys On The Bay & Aqua-Nut Divers
  58. Lady Cyana Divers
  59. Lady-Go-Dive Charters
  60. Laguna Sea Sports
  61. Lake Ouachita Dive Center
  62. Lighthouse Dive Ctr
  63. Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center
  64. Rocky Mountain Scuba Club
  65. Silent World Dive Center
  66. Splash Dive Ctr Inc
  67. Treasure Cove Watersports Inc
  68. Maui Scuba Diving
  69. Reef Fantaseas
  70. Divi Resorts
  71. alwaysstock
  72. Angelfish Foundation
  73. Reel Eaxy Charters
  74. Reef Rainforest
  75. Florida Public Archaeology Network
  76. Florida Public Archaeology Network
  77. H2O Tours, Inc.
  78. Aqua Sport
  79. Ocean Master
  80. Learning Through Travel, Inc.
  81. Shark Diving International
  82. Pro Dive
  83. Solmar V
  84. Travel Masters
  85. Kona Village Resort
  86. Waikiki Diving
  87. Jack's Diving Locker
  88. Catalyst Caribbean Adventures
  89. Trimarine Boat Company
  90. Dive Maui/Hawaiian Rafting Adventures
  91. Dive & Sea Sports
  92. Spree Expeditions, Inc.
  93. Scuba Travel Ventures
  94. Great Expeditions Travel
  95. PWD
  96. Innerspace Productions
  97. the MANTA
  98. Ocean Presence Technologies
  99. YDI Scuba
  100. World Resorts of Distinction
  101. Aua-Trek USA
  102. Miss Scuba
  103. Dolphin Destiny Adventures
  104. South Seas Adventures
  105. Oceana
  106. Dream Weaver Travel
  107. Maduro Dive
  108. Caradonna Dive Adventures
  109. Den Laman Condominiums
  110. Scubaocity.com
  111. Neal Watson's Undersea Adventures
  112. Bahia Tours Inc.
  113. Best Western Crystal River Resort
  114. Travel Network
  115. Lost Coast Excursions
  116. Live Well Ventures Travel Services
  117. Agressor Fleet
  118. Blue Lagoon Cruises Ltd
  119. Caradonna Dive Adventures
  120. Caribbean Adventures/World Dive Adventures
  121. Deep Blue Divers
  122. Go Diving!
  123. Proprietor
  124. Juliet Sailing and Diving
Dive types
dayboat

Marine Life
bigsmallturtlescoral

Diving facilities
airnitroxinstructionguidedfriendly

Photo facilities
macrowideangle

by Steven Gollehon
Queen angelfish Molassas Reef, Key Largo, Florida. Taken with Sea & Sea DX-2G using Wide Angle wet lens; Aperture priority F11, ISO 100, YS-110a Dual Strobes with diffuser.

by Steven Anderson
This image was taken during a dive last weekend at Molasses Reef off Key Largo, Fla. Conditions were the best. This French Angel looks skeptical of the tought of me taking it's photo.

by Herbert Dubois
Harlequin Bass

by Herbert Dubois
Christmas Tree Worms - Image Cropped

by Stephen Hamedl
Grouper

by Herbert Dubois
French Angel

by Stephen Hamedl
Banded Butterfly fish

by Griff Gainnie
An amazing trip to Molasses Reef. Key Largo, Fl
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