Blue Star Program

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Planning to Dive or Snorkel the Florida Keys?
Look Before You Book!

Blue Star is a program established by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recognizing tour operators who are committed to promoting responsible and sustainable diving and snorkeling practices to reduce the impact of these activities on coral reefs in the Florida Keys. Blue Star operators take the extra step to educate you to be better environmental stewards and to interact responsibly with coral reefs in the Keys.

This is important because the coral reefs of the Florida Keys are stressed by a range of somewhat daunting factors, including overuse by uninformed or irresponsible visitors. Luckily, unlike some other causes of reef decline such as climate change, damage to reefs from diving and snorkeling can be immediately prevented.  Through practicing responsible diving and snorkeling, you can help to lessen local stress on the reef while still partaking of its beauty.  Book with a Blue Star recognized operator today and learn how to responsibly enjoy the wonders of the coral reef ecosystem.

Photo of Reef license plate.

This program has been funded in part by a grant awarded from Mote Marine Laboratory's Protect Our Reef Grants Program, which is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Protect Our Reefs Specialty License Plate.



Look Before You Book!

When planning a dive or snorkel trip within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, book with a Blue Star recognized charter and know you are selecting an operator dedicated to education and coral reef conservation.

Current Participants

A Deep Blue Dive - Key Colony Beach, FL

Abyss Dive Center - Marathon, FL

Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort - Key Largo, FL

Captain Hook's Marina and Dive Center - Marathon, FL

Conch Republic Divers - Tavernier, FL

Curt-A-Sea Aquatic Adventures - Islamorada, FL

Cristal Clear Charters - - Key Largo, FL

Dive Key West, Inc - Key West, FL

Florida Keys Dive Center - Tavernier, FL

Forever Young Charter Company - Key Largo, FL

FURY Water Adventures - Key West, FL

Horizon Divers - Key Largo, FL

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, FL

Keys Diver and Snorkel Center - Key Largo, FL

Looe Key Reef Resort and Dive Center - Ramrod Key, FL

Namasté Eco-Excursions - Key West

Ocean Divers - Key Largo

Quiescence Diving - Key Largo, FL

Rainbow Reef - Key Largo, FL

Rosa Del Mar Sailing - Key Largo, FL

Sea Dwellers Dive Center - Key Largo, FL

Tortuga Sailing Adventures - Key West, FL

Zia Charters - Key West, FL

Participation in the Blue Star program is completely voluntary, and the program involves no regulatory component. If you are a dive or snorkel operator in the Florida Keys and are interested in learning more about the Blue Star program or would like to attend a program training, please email Marlies.Tumolo@noaa.govor

Blue Star recognized operators will be featured on the Blue Star web site, promoted via various marketing and outreach avenues - including print, television and radio - and receive regular communication from the Sanctuary, including the latest research and event news.

Review the Blue Star framework for full details, including participation criteria for operators.


For more information about the Blue Star program or the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, email: or

or contact

Blue Star Coordinator
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
33 East Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040

305-293-5011 (fax)