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Fowey Reef is an excellent diving area with a wreck named Arakanapka, some shallow coral gardens near its lighthouse and excellent marine and coral life.

Name Dive Site:Fowey Reef, Fowey Rocks or Fowey Lighthouse
Depth: 13-98ft (4-30m)
Accessibility: Boat, Live-aboard
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A small reef named Fowey Reef is one of the most northern dive sites still into the Biscayne area. Also known under the names of Fowey Rocks, Fowey Lighthouse and Fowey Light, she is a greet reef with abundant marine life and healthy coral growth. Its 110 foot high iron-piled lighthouse was constructed back in 1876 and was placed as a warning against the upcoming thread of Indians who had just attacked the Cape Florida Lighthouse at the southern tip of Key Biscayne. Fowey Reef is located just to the west of Boca Chica Key which you will pass if you are coming from Miami, boating through Biscayne Channel and Stiltsville. Boca Chica Key is a favourite spot for boat tours to spend the day for picnicking and swimming.

Marine life is abundant at this shallow and colourful reef perfect for divers as well as snorkellers where groupers, angelfish, yellowtail and many types of coral fish are common. To the southeast are many deeper dive sites with mini walls in excess of one hundred feet. If you want to do a shallow dive you should stay near the lighthouse with its many soft coral gardens. Remains of a small steamer named the Arakanapka, which sank in 1878, can be found just northeast of the tower. A small reef named Car Frame Reef is nearby as well. There are enough dive sites to choose from, all offering something else.

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