Reef Dive: Atlantis Memorial Reef

Neptune Memorial Reef Miami

Built to represent the lost city of Atlantis, Neptune Memorial Reef is perhaps one of the most meaningful sites you’ll ever dive. Located not far from Miami, just 3.25 miles easy of Florida’s Key Biscayne.

This incredible memorial site is like none other; here, cremated remains are deployed to the reef, providing a unique, means for life to flourish.

Atlantis Memorial Reef Miami Wiki

The Neptune Memorial Reef originally conceived by Gary Levine and designed by artist Kim Brandell and known as the Atlantis Reef Project or the Atlantis Reef is an underwater columbarium in what was conceived by the creator as the world’s largest man-made reef (covering over 600,000 square feet (65,000 m²) of ocean floor) at a depth of 40 feet.

Neptune Memorial Reef Miami

Neptune Memorial Reef Miami

As of 2012, the Reef occupies a half-acre space, but a planned expansion to 16 acres is underway.

The city design involves underwater roads leading to a central feature with benches and statuary.

The place was chosen at 3.25 miles (5.2 km) off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida.

It is a type of burial at sea and the first phase is estimated to be able to accommodate 850 remains,
with an eventual goal of more than 125,000 remains.

Though often referred to in news articles as an underwater mausoleum or underwater cemetery, the Neptune Society Memorial Reef meets the criterion for neither.

Cremated remains are mixed with cement to form features of the Reef, and memorial plaques are added. The Reef is more correctly identified as a cremation memorial site. (Wikipedia)

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