Spirituality and snorkeling go hand in hand here.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 16, 2019
Credit: Florida Keys & Key West Tourist Development Council

Live or vacationing in the Sunshine State this spring? Dip your toes in the holy waters of the Atlantic and snorkel alongside a stunning replica of Jesus.

In the Florida Keys, snorkelers have the opportunity to swim around the Christ of the Abyss Statue in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. Once you're all goggled up and raring to go, you can head a few yards down under the water's surface to convene with this special sculpture.

The beautiful park covers 70 nautical square miles and was the first underwater park in the United States, according to a statement from VISIT FLORIDA, the state's tourism agency. "Guided snorkeling trips take visitors miles offshore by boat, usually to protected, shallow reef locations that range from five-to-fifteen feet deep," the tourism board also noted of the park's offerings. "Snorkeling tours from Pennekamp can also bring swimmers face-to-face with the famed Christ of the Abyss statue, an 8.5-foot-tall replica of the bronze cast of Jesus Christ in the Mediterranean sea, submerged in about 25 feet of water."

You can read more about this unique snorkeling experience on USA TODAY here.

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If you're headed to the Florida Keys, you'll have to let us know how this underwater worship session pans out. Who said spirituality and snorkeling can't go hand in hand?