Despite its striking appearance, this reef is more than simply an art installation; it is also the final resting place for many ocean-loving souls. Families can purchase a headstone of sorts, that incorporates their loved one’s ashes into cement molds of marine themed shapes. These cement pieces and a metal placard are then permanently placed on the reef, ready to become a home for a wandering coral polyp in need of a place to land. These placements are not only touching memorials, but also a magnificent way to give back to the ocean and encourage positive environmental stewardship. All are welcome on Neptune Memorial Reef; it is a very popular SCUBA and snorkeling site.
Thanks to its marine protected area listing, the reef is a sanctuary to endangered and threatened species. Once completed, the site will span an impressive 16 acres- a monument large enough to be visible from space!
Neptune Memorial Reef is one of a kind. While other memorial reefs may be in the works, the concept has never been implemented on such a large scale before. When the project is finished it will be the largest artificial reef in the world and a wonder for all to see.