The Florida Keys provides a vast amount of water activities and is an underwater playground for many water enthusiasts! The Florida Keys consist of islands that run from south-west Miami all the way down to Key West and the first key you will encounter is Key Largo. Here, you will find the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. This park was the first undersea park in the United States and is protected to preserve the naturalness of the coral reef. I have gone snorkeling before but this experience was something to remember.
After checking in, we boarded a boat and went 15 minutes out to where the coral reefs were. The water started to get more clear as we got towards the reef. Even though there were a lot of other people within the area, being in the middle of the ocean gave me a rush of adrenaline. Something that freaked me out was how easy it was to lose your sense of direction. I was so caught up swimming and looking at the reefs that I forget to look up and check how far I swam (big no no!).
What is unique about this coral reef is that it has the Christ of the Abyss statue. This is an 8 1/2 foot statue of Jesus Christ located in the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. My boyfriend and I decided to deflate our vest and dive down to the statue. Let me just say that diving towards the bottom of the ocean is harder than it looks! The pressure makes you light-headed after a couple of dives so I would be careful doing this if you have never done it before.
The reefs around the statue had a diverse marine life ecosystem. Some inhabitants in these reefs included different tropical fishes, ginormous lobsters, and barracuda. I managed to swim down and touch His finger but the life vest made it hard to stay in place under water. This definitely made for a lot of awkward photo ops.