Reef Dives: Hens and Chickens Reef

Hens and Chickens Reef Islamorada

Islamorada is home to some of the best snorkeling in the entire Keys, including a few reefs that are extremely close to shore.

Hen & Chickens is a large patch reef marked by a 35′ tower (flashing red #40). It got its name because there’s one large patch of coral surrounded by a bunch of smaller patches.

So, they say from an aerial view it looks like a mother hen surrounded by her chicks. (Courtesy Grouchy Turtle)

Hens and Chickens Reef Islamorada Wiki

Hen and Chickens is a shallow coral reef located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It lies to the southeast of Plantation Key. This reef lies within a Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA).

Hens and Chickens Reef Islamorada

Hens and Chickens Reef Islamorada

Hen & Chickens is a group of patch reefs whose coral formations from the air appear to radiate outwards from the center like a mother hen surrounded by chickens.

What you really see is a beautiful patch reef in shallow water; great for diving and snorkeling. With Brain and Star Coral mounds and Sea Fans so abundant, it’s like a forest of purple trees.

This is a fantastic family dive or snorkeling site.

Hen and Chickens is easily accessible and has mooring buoys installed. Giant Christmas tree and brain corals dominate the underwater landscape. Some coral heads are over 15 feet tall.

This is a prolific area of corals that almost creates a labyrinth for divers to explore. Even though it’s shallow, no divers ever regret visiting. Hen & Chickens is one of the most unique reefs in all of the Florida Keys. (via Divespots)

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