Best Way to See the Christ Of Abyss

AIn shallow water adjacent to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the “Christ of the Abyss” rests on a platform at a depth of approximately 25 feet at a site called the Key Largo Dry Rocks in the National Marine Sanctuary in Key West Florida.

The 8 1/2 foot statue sits on the bottom of the ocean only 6 miles off the coast with his hands outstretched reaching towards the heavens since it was placed there in 1965. What’s the Best Way To See The Christ Of The Abyss?

The Best Way to see the site is to take daily Glass Bottom Boat Tours or to snorkel/dive in the safe shallow waters of the State Park which holds the famous Christ of Abyss statue considered a Novice dive area to view the statue & aquatic life from the third-largest Coral Reef in the world.

The statue is a replica of a like-named statue set in the Mediterranean Sea and was cast from the same mold. The Italian memorial statue was dedicated to Italian Sailors who were lost at sea. The statue sits among huge boulder and beautiful coral reefs formation and many beautiful exotic native species of fish that thousands come to see.

Christ of the Abyss Italy

The original Christ of the Abyss is immersed in the waters of San Fruttuoso, not far from the worldwide renowned village of Portofino. What lies in the heart of the Italian Riviera.

Their statue is located 15 meters under the sea and made of Bronze. The landmark was placed there on August 22, 1954. Because of the initiative of legendary Italian diver Duilio Marcante, who wanted to place a statue of Jesus following the death of his friend Dario Gonzatti, which occurred during a dive a few years earlier in that exact spot. The statue placed there also has his arms raised up to the heavens to show the praise and respect for his religious beliefs and his dear friend.

This monument built by Guido Galletti has been recently restored and is still a very popular tourist spot especially for the diver who visits each year. Just as in the Keys there is plenty of tour boats capitalizing on the beautiful snorkeling water that the Italian   Riviera holds and is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.


Christ of the Abyss Key Largo Map

Boat tours leave daily with Snorkeling only Tours that cater to people that want to get in the water. There is much to see here besides the Christ Statue that is just a short ride out. The reefs here in Key West hold up to hundreds of species of fish and the snorkeling equipment is free to use. Key Largo is home to shallow coral reefs and beds of seagrass teeming with aquatic wildlife.


It’s one of the nicest State Parks I’ve ever seen. Along the way there is Banana Reef near the Statue that has barracuda, parrotfish, and huge queen conch shells, crawling across the seagrass beds. Banana Reef is like swimming inside an aquarium.

Christ of the Abyss Statue, Key Largo, Florida Keys, model Cody Wagner, and Katherine Well and snorkeling around the Christ Statue. The different Reefs here in Key Largo, White Banks, Dry Rocks, or Mosquito Banks. Are just a short boat trip out to the Park. All reefs offer shallow water snorkeling and beautiful views of the corals and over 500 species of fish found in our waters

If you are a Serious Divers and Certified Snorkelers well then you can find
USCG certified ‘snorkel only’ boat with a maximum of 40 snorkelers allowed. Your boat is Captained by a USCG licensed Captain with a PADI or NAUI trained Dive-master/Rescue Diver on board.

Keys Diver II is a 40′ USCG boat, as well, and carries up to 25 and can be a combination of snorkelers and divers. Each boat has all Coast Guard required safety equipment, plus a first aid kit, oxygen, and AED. The Crew are highly trained and come with years of boating and safety experience.

If you are me then there is the shallow water snorkeling that basically for people trying it out for the first or second time where the captain will give you a few tips and keep an eye on you. This is what most of the vacationers are looking for down there.

I have been lucky enough to try Snorkeling at the urging of some friends and now I have my own equipment to bring with me when my family goes down once a year or so. These coral Reefs run from 10 feet to 140 feet. The deeper water dives for experience Divers exploring old sea wrecks. Purchase everything you need for a trip right here through

MyWaterEarth&Sky at Amazon for your Snorkel trip  HEAD Sea Vu Dry Snorkeling Set with Full Face Snorkel Mask Size L/XL Anti-Fog/Ocean

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Snorkeling/Diving is divided into three Classes in Key Largo

  • Key Largo- Dry Rocks which holds the famous Christ of Abyss statue is considered- Novice Dive/Snorkel
    Depth Range: Shallow to 25 feet Experience Level: Novice
  • White Banks -Dry Rocks Snorkel
    Depth Range: Shallow to 15 feet Experience: Beginner to expert
  • Grecian Rocks –Snorkel
    Depth Range: Shallow to 25 feet Experience Level: Beginner to Novice
  • Molasses Reef- Snorkel/Dive
    Depth Range: 10-70 feet Experience: Novice
  • The Elbow- Snorkel/Dive
    Depth Range: 12-35 feet Experience: Novice
  • Snapper Ledge –Snorkel/Dive
    Depth Range: 12-35 feet Experience: Novice
  • Wreck of the Benwood
    Depth Range: 50 feet offshore – 20 feet inshore Experience Level: Novice to Intermediate
  • French Reef –Dive Only
    Depth Range: Shallow to 100 feet Experience Level: Novice to Advanced
  • Wreck of The Spiegel Grove- Dive Only
    Depth Range: 60 feet offshore – 134 feet Experience Level: Advanced
  • Wreck of the Duane –Dive Only
    Depth Range: 95-130 feet Experience Level: Advanced

Glass Bottom Boat Tours Key West

The other way to see the Christ of Abyss and the John Pennekamp State Park is the Glass bottom boat tours that are available for tourists that just want to see the beautiful scenery of the Sanctuary and possibly take a little Snorkeling in when you get to the statue.

The water at the Statue has low tides that take the water level down to about the 8 foot over the top of the bronze statue. It’s normally crystal clear and teeming with tropical fish. That you can clearly see from the comfortable viewing seats on the boats.

Some of the area boulders actually come out of the water which is why It’s called Dry Rocks. Even if you think you wouldn’t jump in and try snorkeling, you may want to here. You’ll get a great view either from the boat or if you get brave and jump in. I’m not but I did. It was great!


It was great!


John Pennekamp Glass Boat Tours

Even if you’re not the adventurous type there is plenty to do in Key Largo if just to see one of the most beautiful sites in the world The Christ of Abyss in the Florida Keys is worth the trip and the adventure. Before you get too old I have one suggestion. See it from the water.




Related Questions:

How deep is Christ of the Abyss? In shallow water adjacent to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, “Christ of the Abyss” rests at a depth of approximately 25 feet at a site called the Key Largo Dry Rocks in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

What is the best time to go to the Florida Keys? The best time to visit Key West is between March and May. The winter crowds will taper off, the hotel rates become reasonable and the weather is remarkably similar to winter’s blissful 70s or 80’s. Winter that season is the island’s busiest and priciest.



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