Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades of Collier County, Florida, have always been a paradise of natural beauty and life.
Now, 36 new artificial reefs built from over 18,000 tons of concrete are examples of the community coming together to create a unique aquatic wildlife habitat. These reefs are made with recycled concrete materials, removing this material from the landfill stream. Recent visits to the reef have seen an expansion in types and species of fish not seen in years.
Fishermen, from expert to amateur, can catch their limit of excitement as a wide variety of game and bait fish now call the Paradise Coast Reef their home. Schools of snapper, cobia, grouper and even barracuda live within this thriving deepwater habitat.
Divers, navigate your way to the Naples area to discover the new reefs and their inhabitants – including up to 300-pound Goliath Grouper. Stock up with the help of a local dive outfitter, or take a scuba diving charter with local pros.
Visit our local dive shops for air, equipment and information, and explore Florida’s Paradise Coast Reef’s depths for a new southwest Florida experience.
Come explore Florida’s Paradise Coast Reef and help celebrate a bright future for sea-life, fishermen and divers in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.
Explore the following links to learn more:
Paradise Coast Artificial Reef Locations & GPS Coordinates
Artificial Reef Locator Map
Artificial Reef Locator Map pdf
Artificial Reef Program
This documentary film follows a visionary’s quest to secure BP disaster funds, rally community support and deploy 18,000 tons of concrete to create 36 artificial reefs along Florida’s Paradise Coast. Written and directed by award-winning cinematographer John Scoular, in partnership with Executive Producers Capts. Lance H. Julian and Harry Julian.