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    The Florida Keys is well known for its beautiful shallow reefs and Islamorada is especially a great place to snorkel. Our reefs range in depths from 4 feet to 20 feet which make snorkeling a breeze. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced snorkler, all of the reefs we visit are simple to navigate but are a spectacular sight. On an average snorkel trip your captain will guide you on the Atlantic Ocean out to Alligator Lighthouse searching for sea turtles and dolphins along the way. Alligator Lighthouse was built in 1873 and was named in honor of the U.S. Navy schooner Alligator. The Alligator ran aground there in 1822 while on a naval anti-piracy squadron protecting the US coast from Cuban pirate ships. The actual ship is no longer there because it was burned during the wreck to protect the US name, so the Cuban pirates could not salvage the vessel. The light house is approximately 3 miles east of Islamorada. While snorkeling you will see plenty of coral, sea fans, and many fish including: angel fish, sergeant majors, parrot fish, butterfly fish, and many more. You might also have an encounter with a sea turtle, a spotted eagle ray or a shark. If you need help learning how to snorkel, KeyZ Charters has a captain that is very patient and willing to teach anyone. Learning how to snorkel is easy and fun. It will be done in shallow waist deep water for the comfort of the snorkeler. Once the snorkeler has mastered the art of snorkeling, they will be taken out to the reefs mentioned above to explore the wonderful life below the surface.