North Dry Rocks (Minnow Cave)


Description

Just northeast of Key Largo Dry Rocks (Christ of the Abyss) is North Dry Rocks. This site is less trafficked than the Christ Statue, having only three mooring balls. The middle of the site has a wonderful swim-through located in roughly 10ft – 15ft of water. The swim-through fills up with millions of minnows (Atlantic Silversides) in the summertime, offering visitors the unique experience of swimming through a giant school of fish. The swim-through gives the site it’s unofficial name: Minnow Cave.

While North Dry Rocks and Minnow Cave is a fun spot, I prefer the deep spur and groove layout of North North Dry Rocks, and the insane coral growth at nearby Horseshoe Reef. North Dry Rocks can be explored quickly, and if it isn’t summer you don’t have the Silversides, which are the main attraction of this spot.

Fast Facts

Type
Reef

Skill Level
Beginner

Average Depth
15ft (5m)

Max Depth
25ft (8m)

Access
Boat

Mooring Buoy
N1 – N3 (Some buoys unmarked)

Snorkeling
Yes

Dangers
Boat Traffic

Latitude
25.1300612

Longitude
-80.2933961

Map


Boone

About Boone

Jason Boone created Dive Documentaries to inspire viewers to care about the Florida Keys underwater world through education, exploration and storytelling. He has a BA in Television Production and an MA in Digital Journalism and Design, and a passion for short-form documentary filmmaking. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery, Current TV and Yahoo!.