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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo FL

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located at 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL. This dive site has an average rating of 4.00 out of 5 from 85 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 36-40ft/11-12m. The average visibility is 51-60ft/16-18m.

This is a full service state park with camping, concessions, snorkel and dive boats.

For those interested in a brief History of the Park you can follow this link.

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CentralPADiver - 4/02/2018 12:43 PM
Rating Added: 4
Good for the novice diver or those that want an easy relaxing dive. Dove here in August, which was a little crowded with student divers. Overall a good dive.
EAustin494 - 4/01/2018 6:17 PM
Rating Added: 4
Kind of crowded but Viz 40’ and water temp in the 80’s. Nice easy dive with lots to see.
bsharp117 - 11/10/2017 5:16 PM
Rating Added: 3
went snorkeling only
sdweller - 7/29/2017 10:14 AM
Here’s a link to my dive shops’s "Pennekamp Page"...a brief history for those who are interested.
Diver237 - 10/06/2015 5:27 AM
I went scuba diving here on 6/1/2012. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: Over 85°F/29°C.
Took my boat to the keys.
Pete12345 - 6/04/2015 6:37 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great place, lot’s of fish. Saw a reef shark once.
diverray - 4/02/2015 9:04 AM
Rating Added: 4
Lots of fish. Clear, warm water.
MJBlank425 - 7/21/2014 10:42 PM
Rating Added: 4
Conditions were good (current was a little strong but nothing bad at all), aquatic life was abundant, and visibility was outstanding.
Stumpy - 6/14/2014 3:10 AM
Rating Added: 5
I’ve dove all over this park. My favorite spot is French Reef. I’ve also dove in Bahamas, California, Hawaii, Thailand, Philippines, and the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s east coast. While each of these locations offered something exciting and different, none topped Pennekamp. World class diving at it’s best, right in our backyard.
Capt-Dave - 3/04/2014 5:33 PM
Rating Added: 3
My last visit had terrible viz. better luck next time.
Cheshirecat - 12/20/2013 10:51 PM
Rating Added: 4
Beautiful. Loads of marine life and crystal clear water. I went to Molasses Reef and Wench Hole on my trip. Check out Scuba-Do Dive Company · 102670 Overseas Hwy · Key Largo, Florida · 33037 Mile Marker 102.7 · 305.451.3446 · 800.516.0110. I used them when I was there and was very happy. They go out whether they have 2 or 10 divers (10 divers is the max they will carry on a trip) They also provide a dive guide free of charge.
allisonfinch - 11/15/2013 10:53 AM
Rating Added: 1
horrible decline since first there in 1970
AThunder - 9/21/2013 11:02 AM
Rating Added: 4
I dove the Statue the first time I came to the Keys. There’s not really much coral. Really lovely fish though.
dbthurber - 9/05/2013 3:37 AM
Rating Added: 3
A must for new divers.
billsoccer - 5/21/2013 8:10 PM
Rating Added: 5
Went snorkeling and did a drift and shallow dive - all great. Saw a shark and lots of reef life while snorkeling. Lots of fish/eel and plant life on the drift dive - current was manageable. The boat (from Quiescence) followed our bubbles and picked us up with no problems. Saw eel and "Flamingo tongue" on shallow dive.
Rog2 - 6/28/2012 11:09 AM
Rating Added: 4
For my first dive, it was very good, I look forward to making many more trips.
Ed - 12/24/2011 3:28 PM
Rating Added: 4
The type of place that you can go back to trip after trip and not get tired of diving it.