Ebooks Other DIVE TIME By Tim Grollimund / 02/15/2017 Share Tweet Share Share A DIVE TIME Column about the perks of coming home to a scuba diving haven other divers travel to for vacation! Kobo iTunes Barnes & Noble Smashwords inktera Amazon Don’t get me wrong - there are many, many places I’d love to see. But coming home to the Florida Keys is an exotic destination in itself. Just look at our statistics. Millions of visitors a year come here to see the third largest barrier reef system in the world. When I got home from the Philippines, it was like coming home to a vacation that was interrupted by another vacation. On our trip we did not come close to seeing a vast array of fish we see routinely on Snapper Ledge or the south end of Molasses Reef. Last weekend, on one dive on Permit Ledge, we saw several large groupers, a massive school of chubs, a school of horse-eye jacks, an eagle ray that swam in circles around us, a group of permit in the cave with the copper sweepers, a stingray and more grunts, creole wrasse and blue chromis than you can count. Yes, the Philippines had more robust and abundant coral, but we’ve got the fish. There are not many places in America that hold that distinction. So when I become complacent with everyday mundane activities, I can go jump off a boat and be at home in a place millions of people come to see.