about the reef

An Undersea tribute to life.

Located 3.25 miles east of Key Biscayne in Miami Florida – GPS coordinates N25º 42.036′, W80º 05.409′ – Neptune Memorial Reef™ is the largest man-made reef ever conceived and, when complete, will have transformed over 16 acres of barren ocean floor. The Neptune Memorial Reef™ project is environmentally sound and meets the strict guidelines and permitting of the EPA, DERM, NOAA, Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Memorial Reef™ is certified by the Green Burial Council.

Our completed first phase is an artistic representation of the Lost City of Atlantis, 40 feet under the sea. These structures have produced a marine habitat to promote coral and marine organism’s growth while creating the ultimate ‘Green Burial’ opportunity. A recent marine study conducted by the Department of Environmental Resource Management concluded that marine life around the Reef has gone from the zero to thousands in two years. 

A New tradition of visiting loved ones

Boat activity at the site is brisk, with families chartering boats or taking their own to snorkel or simply be at the site. Some family members actually become dive certified, enabling them to visit the site, to see their loved ones and monitor the Reef’s growth.

Many of our local families dive the Reef on a regular basis to visit their loved ones. One family, in particular, has been out 5 times in as many months.

In addition to providing a permanent legacy for those who loved the ocean, the Neptune Memorial Reef™ is attracting recreational scuba divers, marine biologists, students, researchers and ecologists from all over the world. The Reef is free and accessible to all visitors.

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Memorial Plaque

A personalized, commemorative plaque on the Reef is a simple yet truly memorable way to pay tribute to a special life.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Memorial certificate
$595
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Scatter at Sea

Honor a loved one’s life and legacy with the Scatter at Sea package.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Scattering in the open waters over the Neptune Memorial Reef®
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Scattering certificate
starting at $595
Selected

Permanent Placement

Celebrate a loved one’s life and legacy with a permanent memorial in this unique underwater setting.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Your choice of Reef Placement – from Limited Release, Exclusive and Premium to Standard or Legacy placement options
  • Deployment to the reef
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Memorial certificate
starting at $2995
Selected
Placement Selection:

Legacy

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Placement in the first phase
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$2995
Selected

Standard

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Placement in the second phase
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$5995
Selected

Premium

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Starfish, Seashell, or Coral
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$7995
Selected

Limited Release

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Turtle, Stingray (Lucy - Straight Tail or Desi - Curled Tail)
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$9995
Selected

Exclusive

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Crown Placement - Mermaid or Dolphin
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$12995
Selected

Limited Release - Lion

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 30'' Simba
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$24995
Selected

You are welcome to be present during the mixing of the placement and is scheduled at the your convenience. You may also help with the mixing, add trinkets or a note to the mix or leave hand prints on the placement.

Family members are welcome to be present during a scattering ceremony or the deployment of a loved one's permanent placement on the Neptune Memorial Reef. This provides the opportunity for family and friends to gather and celebrate the special life of a loved one - and the chance to say goodbye. The Reef crew can assist with chartering a boat as well as scheduling at the family's convenience.