Florida Keys Most Popular Dive & Snorkeling Sites

Lower Keys

Alexander's Wreck

This wreck is usually dived when the conditions in the Atlantic are not good. The wreck is an old U.S. Navy Destroyer Escort that sank in 26 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico 9 miles from Key West. The wreck is now in 2 sections, which sit about 150 yards apart on her side. There are schools of fish that hang out under the starboard side of the forward sections and sometimes you can hear a Jewfish bark from deep inside the wreck.

The hull of the ship is covered with oysters and corals. The debris left by the ship is a great home for sea life. The area is known for its population of protected Jewfish. Although this species was endangered for 10 years, this site, along with a few others in South Florida is helping to increase the population of this rare species. Hogfish, angelfish, groupers, porkfish, sheepshead, snappers, and spadefish are commonly seen at this site. Divers should note that the stern of this boat is often awash and therefore can be hit by boats. As a result, many jagged metal pieces are on the stern and can be dangerous to divers.

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