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Florida Keys Dive Operators Committed to Saving Our Reefs

Updated: Apr 25

Plunge into marine conservation with the Coral Restoration Foundation™ and our esteemed partners with some of the Florida Keys' top dive operators. From diving amid our coral nurseries to participating in educational outreach opportunities, these partnerships exemplify how recreational diving can intersect with environmental stewardship. Read about the dedicated local dive centers who are making significant strides in coral reef conservation.

Conch Republic Divers

Conch Republic Divers, based at Tavernier Creek Marina, grants divers access to over 24 miles of reef line, spanning from Key Largo to Islamorada, for unparalleled underwater experiences. As one of the most recent additions to the Coral Restoration Foundation's™ Recreational Dive and Snorkel Programs, Conch Republic Divers now offers Public and Private Recreational Dive Programs amongst their plethora of services!  

Florida Keys Dive Center

The Florida Keys Dive Center stands as a premier destination for oceanic exploration, catering to families with a plethora of thrilling activities such as scuba diving charters, courses, and shark encounters. In a bid to safeguard the delicate reefs and contribute to coral restoration efforts, the center has work with the Coral Restoration Foundation™ through the Mission: Iconic Reefs Guardians Program, showcasing their commitment to environmental stewardship and preservation. 

Horizon Divers

Horizon Divers presents a diverse range of underwater experiences, encompassing both scuba diving and snorkeling activities. Exploring over 100 dive sites nestled within the shallow reefs of Key Largo, Florida, guests are treated to a wealth of thrilling adventures. Expanding their outreach beyond the local community, Horizon Divers worked with Coral Restoration Foundation™ to organize a Private Dive Program in collaboration with the Colorado Coalition Polaris group in March 2024, demonstrating their dedication to marine education for the younger generation.


Island Ventures

Nestled within the Pilot House Marina, Island Ventures enjoys a prime location at the heart of Key Largo. Offering specialized excursions that encompass activities ranging from Dive Against Debris to sunset tours. Island Ventures demonstrates their dedication to both environmental conservation through Recreational Dive and Snorkel Programs with Coral Restoration Foundation™ each month. 

Pirates Cove Watersports 

Pirates Cove Watersports is your all-in-one destination for water sports, offering various activities from high-speed parasailing to serene kayaking. Operating daily wreck and reef trips year-round, Pirates Cove Watersports ensures convenient access to diving adventures. Their reef dives take place in protected areas such as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Pennekamp State Park, providing encounters with turtles, southern stingrays, and goliath groupers.  As one of the most recent additions to Coral Restoration Foundation's™ Recreational Dive and Snorkel Programs, Pirates Cove Watersports now offers Public and Private Recreational Dive Programs amongst their plethora of services. 


Quiescence Dive Shop boasts a remarkable selection of over 70 dive sites, ensuring a diverse array of underwater adventures including sightseeing, ecotours, snorkel safaris, and sunset cruises. Quiescence serves as a valuable contributor to the community, showcasing their commitment to marine conservation and preservation efforts through Coral Restoration Foundation's™ Recreation Dive Programs and Mission: Iconic Reefs Guardians Program. 


Rainbow Reef

Rainbow Reef stands out as a comprehensive dive center, boasting an array of underwater wonders from coral reefs to historic shipwrecks. With offerings ranging from dive and snorkel trips to gear rental and training, Rainbow Reef ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for all its customers. Coral Restoration Foundation™ and Rainbow Reef hosted a local 4th-grade school excursion in September 2023, demonstrating their dedication to environmental education and community involvement.  



ReefQuest offers personalized, immersive experiences in nature that create lasting memories for families. A range of engaging and eco-educational activities allows each member of the group to "choose their own adventure." From snorkeling expeditions to exploring local flora, enjoying island history tours, and Recreation Snorkel Programs with Coral Restoration Foundation™. 

Sea Dwellers

Sea Dwellers Dive Shop has been a cornerstone of the local diving and snorkeling community since its establishment in 1972, earning the distinction of being the oldest standing shop in the Florida Keys. Their work with the Coral Restoration Foundation™ includes the organization of Recreational Dive Programs, highlighting Sea Dwellers' commitment to marine conservation and active involvement in restoration efforts within the region. 

Silent World

Silent World Dive Center is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable Key Largo snorkel and dive experience for the whole family. Silent World caters to snorkelers and divers of all skill levels, promising a memorable experience with highly trained dive professionals who are passionate about ocean conservation. Daily excursions will visit some of the most pristine and famous snorkel and dive sites in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary. In April 2024, Silent World played a pivotal role as the boat operator facilitating the Coral Restoration Foundation™ Every Kid Outdoors program, an initiative designed to foster and inspire children in the realms of education and stewardship within marine conservation. 

Southpoint Divers 

Southpoint Divers, established in 1991 situated in the heart of Old Town on Front Street, holds the distinction of being consistently voted the top dive shop in Key West. Located amidst the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, home to the only living coral barrier reef in the United States, Southpoint Divers offers access to remarkable diving experiences, including the Vandenberg wreck, the world's second largest artificial reef. They have recently joined with Coral Restoration Foundation's™ Recreational Dive and Snorkel Programs, Southpoint Divers now offers Public and Private Recreational Dive Programs as well.


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Healthy sport. But are there sharks here? I don't like having to deal with them. Fun Games

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