Here in the Florida Keys, it’s all about the water. Whether you’re catching an oceanside breeze, chilling by the Bay or quietly enjoying one of our stately canals, just being around water can make you feel happier.
But to get the most out of the magical marine environments of our Florida Keys, you really have to get out on the water – or better yet, in it! These are the most popular ways to get wet around here:
There’s nothing like breathing underwater, and the same extensive reef system that’s so fun for snorkeling is full of relatively shallow dive sites that are ideal for students, newer divers or those refreshing their skills. Historic shipwrecks are thrilling to explore for adventurous and experienced divers. Living here means you can take advantage of days with the best weather, sea conditions and visibility. Get to know a local reef in intimate detail by diving it regularly, advance to a new dive certification level, hunt for your lobster dinner, or take up a new hobby like underwater photography and fish identification.
Floating is also fine!
If you only want get your feet wet, then hanging out at a sandbar with fellow boaters on sunny afternoon may be more your style. Rather be on your own? There are countless small uninhabited islands in bay waters to explore by boat, kayak or paddle board.
The great thing about living in the Keys is that these activities are easily accessible with your own boat, a group trip, or a private
Using your own boat lets you be the captain and chart your own course. Make sure you’re familiar with local rules and regulations for boating in state- and nationally-protected waters, and are prepared for emergencies. The Upper Keys US Coast Guard Auxiliary is a great resource for safe boating information and also offers vessel safety inspections. Or consider hiring a licensed captain to navigate and drive your boat for the day, so you can focus on enjoying the water yourself.
Group tours for snorkeling and scuba diving are available up and down the Keys, with most operators scheduling two or more trips daily. Private guides and rental gear, as well as lessons, can be added. With boats ranging in capacity from 6 passengers all the way up to 36 divers, there’s almost always space to jump on board somewhere.
Private charter boats are a terrific way to safely explore the water with a schedule that is customized your own timing and interests. At Lucky Fish Scuba, we can give you a private scuba certification or refresher course while getting you out to the best dive sites at times when no one else is around, increasing chances of seeing shy marine creatures like turtles. We can also combine a snorkeling stop with a dive site, and then go on to tour the mangroves or picnic at sandbar –a little bit of everything for everybody!
Think of the us as your concierge, bringing all the necessary gear, local knowledge of the weather and water, and personal experience to give you a memorable day out. Come on in, the water’s fine!
Jill is co-owner of Lucky Fish Scuba and coordinates marketing, booking and accounting. She’s also a PADI-certified Divemaster with hundreds of dives logged around the world. Locally Jill is on the Board of the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women and runs her own international communication consultancy, Seed Stories.
Lucky Fish Scuba is a top notch diving operation, very professional, and so much fun! Glenn & Jill made had everything prepared and ready when we arrived. Once we arrived at the dive spot, they were very helpful explaining where we would go, what we would see, and then proceeded to guide us through the dive. Since this was our first time diving in Key Largo, having a dive master guide us was very comforting. In between dives, they provided drinks and snacks. The boat is perfect for small groups and very comfy and it has a head if needed. In addition, Jill provided us with a short video of our dive a few days later. We loved it! This biz is a gem amongst all other dive operations in the Keys. You will not be disappointed booking here. We can’t wait to go back!
HIGHLY recommend. 5 stars isn’t enough Took my 11 year old daughter diving. Jill and Glen are amazing- a hidden gem. They are extremely personable, the boat is phenomenal, and the level of customer service is top notch. Worth every penny. They will be my go to scuba diving resource from now on. And they are super kid friendly Thanks Jill and Glen we had an amazing time.
Lucky Fish Scuba is where you need to go in Key Largo! Both Glenn and Jill are extremely professional, courteous, and fun. They will keep you laughing throughout the trip while always being very attentive to your needs. The boat is super comfortable and they are able to make a customized plan according to what you want.