Afternoon 2-Tank Reef Scuba Dive

Afternoon two-tank Key West Scuba dive trips offer divers the chance to explore two different dive sites on the pristine coral reef system of the Florida Keys.

Highlights

  • Explore two sites on the only living coral reef in continental US waters
  • Dive at depths from 50 to 60 Feet
  • Work with an experienced on-board dive team who know the waters intimately
  • Cruise on the 50' Phoenix high-speed custom dive boat
  • Enjoy clean restrooms and fresh water showers

Overview

Afternoon two-tank Key West dive trips offer divers the chance to explore two different dive sites on the pristine coral reef system of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the only living coral reef in the Continental US. An expert dive boat captain with deep knowledge of the local waters will select the sites for each trip in order to provide the perfect conditions for good visibility and safe, successful diving. This helps to assure that each dive is a high-quality experience that lets you make the most of your time on the waters of beautiful Key West, Florida.

After a short run out on the Phoenix, a custom 50í high-speed dive boat equipped with plenty of gear storage space, comfortable seating, a clean restroom, and a freshwater shower, our expert on-board dive team will help all divers get geared up and ready to enter the water. The dive masters will ensure that everyone has a dive buddy, and then get everyone in the party safely into the water.

Descending to intermediate recreational depths between about 30 to 75 feet, you will enter a magical world, and be amazed at the diversity and complexity of the reef ecosystem. Hundreds of species of marine life will be seen on each dive, including all kinds of colorful tropical reef fish, eels, rays, turtles, and larger fish such as Barracuda, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and Cobia. The reef diving off Key West is truly spectacular, and easily rivals many of the exotic locations found outside the US.

Use the Cool Key West website to conveniently book your Key West Dive trip, and come on out to explore the amazing living reef of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. You will log two unforgettable dives and have a great afternoon on the water.

Schedule

  • Departure time: 1:30PM
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Check-in time: Please check-in 30 minutes before the activity start time.
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

Includes

  • Equipment and Instruction
  • 2-Tank Dive

Excludes

  • Gratuities (optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Proof Camera
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Bottled Water and Snacks
  • Bathing Suit
  • You may bring your own gear if you wish

Notes

  • Must be certified & have had at least one dive within the past 12 months.
  • A Dive Guide is Required for Open Water Divers for a fee of $30.00
  • Divers must be at least 15 years of age with Open Water Certification (Junior open water divers must upgrade to an open water certification before diving the Vandenburg)
  • You are responsible to make sure you are medically qualified to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those deemed medically unqualified. This is for your safety.
  • Advance Purchase Recommended
  • Upon booking you will receive an instant receipt with Voucher Confirmation to follow
  • Capacity: 26

Booking Info

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Time Limits on Refunds

You understand that our credit card processor does not permit refunds for bookings made more than 120 days ago. You agree that in the case you book an activity more than 120 days in advance, any refund will be provided as a store credit of equal monetary value as the original purchase. No exceptions.


Where is the check-in location for the dive?

Detailed check-in instructions will be included in your confirmation email.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before the dive begins. The exact start time will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

Where can I park?

You can park at the Hyatt Resort and Marina or on the other side of the street at other parking lots. We can't validate for parking but if you enjoy lunch or a beverage at the Hyatt Bar or Restaurant, parking is free.

Can you pick us up from the airport?

Currently, we do not provide transportation from the airport.

Where is the reef?

The Florida Keys host the Third Largest Barrier Reef in the World as well as North America's only Living Coral Reef. With that said, our barrier reef extends from Key Biscayne to the North and travels to the south on the Atlantic side all the way to the Dry Tortuga's and Fort Jefferson. There is over 210 miles in total length of reef. If you were to dive in Key Largo and Key West you are diving on the same reef system. This reef lies approximately 5-6 miles off shore and is a half hour boat ride on the M/V Phoenix.

What are your typical dive conditions?

There are many different factors that affect our diving conditions. Summer months bring the most ideal conditions for the keys with water temperatures in the upper 80's, calmer winds/seas and clear visibility. These conditions can last well into October and November . In December we start to get cold fronts. These weather patterns bring stronger winds from the North and can create heavier seas and can lower the visibility. Spring time can also bring steady East to North East winds that again can cause wind waves and stir up visibility. 


We also have two different bodies of water that are constantly in motion. To the south of the keys lies the Atlantic Ocean and to the North we have the Gulf of Mexico. These two bodies of water are always in flux and can affect visibility tremendously. When The Gulf Stream Current (a warm water mass that circulates around the Caribbean) is closest we have cleaner and clearer water. When the Gulf of Mexico is on the Reef we tend to lose our visibility. 


The most important weather factor that you would want to keep informed about is the wind speed and direction. Strong Southerly winds can create larger seas as there is no protection from any land mass whereas wind waves from the North can be blocked by the Island chain. Our prevailing winds in the keys is North and North East Winds. So always check the wind speed and direction. Our summer squalls are short and the rain does not affect the visibility at the reef. 


The captain takes all of this into account and will attempt to take all divers to the clearest calmest waters possible.


What is the best time of year to dive?

The summer months from May to September are the most ideal conditions for diving in the Florida Keys.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, there is a restroom or a "head" in nautical terms. Please remember that all marine toilets have smaller plumbing and do not act like toilets on land. Please use the trashcan near bye for all tissue products, feminine products and other trash.

Will there be a dive master or instructor in the water with me?

We allow all certified divers to explore on their own. The United States Coast Guard requires the Captain and Dive Master stay on deck to respond to any emergencies. The instructors and other Dive Masters on the boat will typically dive with their respective students. A private dive master can be arranged if you want.

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