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Western Sambo is a salt water dive site, located in Key West, FL. This dive site has an average rating of 3.50 out of 5 from 2 scuba divers.

The Western Sambo Ecological Reserve contains the greatest habitat diversity in the Lower Keys.

Significant coral features include spur-and-groove formations, bank reefs, and nearshore patch reefs. A rectangular nine-square nautical mile area, Western Sambo Ecological Reserve begins at the water’s edge off the sandy beaches and salt ponds of Boca Chica Naval Air Station. It continues through nearshore hardbottom and inshore patch reefs, out across midchannel reefs in Hawk Channel, over offshore patch reefs and the shallow bank reef, and ends at a depth of 60 feet.

Western Sambo has one of the last remaining stands of living elkhorn coral in the Lower Keys, a species once abundant throughout the Keys. Anemones, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers, sand dollars, and sea urchins are found nearshore. Surgeonfish, bar jacks, foureye butterflyfish, rosy blennies, neon gobies, grunts, wrasses, angelfish, damselfish, striped parrotfish, butter hamlets, sharpnosed puffers, and schoolmasters are residents at the reef. Huge gray angelfish and hogfish meander the shallow areas of Western Sambo.


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BigKev_1 - 5/02/2019 11:24 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/5/2014. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Shallow dive at Cannonball Cut in the Western Sambo’s. Barracuda, lionfish and Moray eel, and a small grouper holding court 10’ below the buoy.
BigKev_1 - 5/02/2019 11:21 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/5/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Mid-depth reef dive on the Western Sambo’s outer reef perimeter marker. Simple dive with same sights as all other Sambo sites.
BigKev_1 - 5/02/2019 11:16 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/4/2014. Average viz: 31-35ft/9-11m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Shallow reef on the Western Sambo’s. Good schooling of fish, Stingrays, good coral structures.
BigKev_1 - 5/02/2019 11:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/3/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Shallow dive at the Haystacks (humps of Star Coral). It was Moon Jelly season, I still don’t know how I didn’t get stung through 5 dives in 3 days! Lots of small fish on the haystacks, moray’s in the crevices in between. Relatively shallow site, windy days make for low visibility.
JJL - 2/22/2016 9:40 AM
Rating Added: 4