3 of the Best Scuba Diving Centers in Key West

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published March 18, 2022

Key West boasts some of the best snorkeling spots in the world, with a wide variety of reputable diving centers to match. 

Best Scuba Diving Centers in Key West

Key West is home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world (Photo: Dive Key West Inc.)

Between its coral-filled reefs and eye-popping wrecks, it’s little wonder that Key West is one of America’s most popular scuba diving destinations. It’s home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, an abundance of wrecks and unbelievably clear, calm waters too. The best diving centers offer a range of morning and afternoon scuba diving trips to local sites, as well as instruction and certification. With so many options to choose from, we’ve selected three of the best scuba diving centers in Key West based on customer reviews, prices, range of services and excursions. 

Dive Key West Inc. 

Dive Key West Inc. is the largest full-service dive facility in the Florida Keys, and it’s located right on Key West. The company offers a wide variety of reef and wreck scuba diving trips to some of the region’s best dive sites. Highlights include trips to Cayman Salvage Master, a 180-ft wreck located 95-ft below the surface, and the Vandenberg, the largest and most accessible artificial reef in the world. The center also offers award-winning scuba lessons at all levels in SSI, PADI and NAUI. 

Find out more at DiveKeyWest.com

Lost Reef Adventures 

Lost Reef Adventures is conveniently located in the Old Town of Historic Key West Seaport. The full-service center offers twice daily diving and snorkeling excursions, scuba lessons and ‘dive in a day’ courses. The company runs scuba diving trips to most of the region’s best-known wrecks and reefs. One of their most popular trips takes in the sights at Sand Key islet, located around seven miles southwest of the island. It’s home to a staggering variety of coral and it’s renowned for its year-round calm waters. 

Find out more a LostReefAdventures.com

Key West Dive Center

Key West Dive Center offers some of the best scuba diving trips on the island using state-of-the-art dive boats such as the custom-built 50’ Newton Diving Boat. Onboard, there are freshwater showers, toilets and huge dive platforms. The company offers a range of excursions, including a Morning Wreck Dive that departs at 08:30 and an Afternoon Dual Reef Dive. The latter is ideal for groups of both confident scuba divers and total novices since it can accommodate both divers and snorkelers. 

Find out more at KeyWestDiveCenter.com