Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Florida

Ready to check out the best sites in Florida for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 179 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Florida to suit your needs.
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Epcot Dive Quest

#1 - Epcot Dive Quest

Florida, USA East

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EPCOT Dive Quest is an exciting experience offered at the Living Seas at EPCOT Center Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL which gives you the chance to perform on our underwater stage- a 6 million gallon aquarium which houses over 65 different species of fish, sharks, turtles, and stingrays. The program, which lasts for about 2 ½ hours, begins with a backstage tour of the Living Seas- a functioning marine research facility. You will learn about marine wildlife conservation and Disney’s efforts all around the world to protect our oceans. After watching a short film about how the Living Seas was created, it is time for the ultimate dive. We provide all of the gear, while you supply all of the fun when you SCUBA dive in our main aquatic environment for 40 minutes. You’ll be part of the Disney show as you get to dive in a place that millions have visited but few have been able to go beneath its surface. All guests are given a T-shirt and a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program. Certified divers ages 10 and up are welcome. The cost is $140 per person (group rates available- other discounts may apply). This includes all gear, the dive, refreshments, a T-shirt, certificate, and a dive log stamp. Equipment includes mask, fins, tank, buoyancy compensator, regulator, weightbelt, and a 2.5 mm shorty wetsuit. Water temperature is in the mid-70s. Personal masks are acceptable. To make a reservation for Dive Quest, please call 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687) In addition to Dive Quest, we also offer two programs for non-certified guests- Seas Aqua Tours and Dolphins in Depth. Aqua Tours involves surface-assisted-snorkeling in our main environment, while Dolphins in Depth involves in-depth information and interaction time with our two resident bottle-nosed dolphins.
Rainbow River

#2 - Rainbow River

Florida, USA East

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Spring fed river, incredibly clear. In addition to abundant underwater wildlife, see springs bubbling into river (looks like bubbling sand). Easy snorkel since you get taken upriver in a boat and "float" down. Biology interest is based on both land and water creatures, especially birds and large freshwater fish. Week-end frequency based on holidays and summertime, otherwise not too bad in the early morning when the best animals are active. Very quiet setting, recommended to get there EARLY, 8am when the park opens, to beat any crowds and big dive classes (they arrive around 11:30 or 12 usually). Gentle current allows good introduction into handling your buoyancy on a drift dive. Gentle sloping landscape underwater, worst thing you'll run into is tall grass or a sunken log. In various spots the spring feeding the river bubbles up from the sand, and from small caves, which is quite interesting the first time someone experiences it (seeing the sand "boil," feeling the temperature differences). Large alligator gar and turtles may come by to say hello You can easily access the first entry point by going to the main gate for the park and hopping a boat, or simply taking the short trail down to the water's edge. The docks and walkways are brand new, either paved or wooden depending which you choose. Very easy access either way. Paved parking, small fee to enter park. From Orlando - Approximately 83 miles ( time 1 hour & 40 min) 1. Take I-4 East or West or Florida Turnpike North exit #77 2. Go North on the Florida Turnpike approximately 55 miles 3. Turnpike will turn to I-75 North 4. Take I-75 North for 10 miles to Hwy.484 exit # 341 turn left 5. Take Hwy. 484 West to Dunnellon Fl. Approximately 20 miles to Hwy 41 6. Go right , North 3 miles to SW 99th Place. Turn right at light go 1 mile cross RR track then go left after crossings, 1 mile on right is KP Hole County Park
Crystal River

#3 - Crystal River

Florida, USA East

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Crystal River is a fresh water river complex fed by warm freshwater springs. It offers a variety of fish (mullets, catfish, tarpon, etc.) and many Manatees. I found the manatees were friendly and unintimidated by SCUBA. Sadly, all of the manatees I saw had suffered multiple prop injuries. If you do boat in manatee territory, please look out for them. This is an easy site to dive and offers a good environment for beginners. Maximum depth is around 40 feet. The water is in the mid 70s to low 80s year round and I was comfortable diving in a 3-mil skin. I know it can be shore-dived, but, I don't know a lot of the details of shore diving this site. I dove it from a small inflatable. I know it's in the North Western section of the Florida Peninsula, and, I believe it's a state park. Sorry I don't have more information. I only dove there once.
Blue Heron Bridge

#4 - Blue Heron Bridge

Florida, USA East

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You must bring a flag and they don't allow scuba in the swim area in front of the lifeguard stand. If you go off the beach and to the east you can dive the little bridge, or you can dive to the west of the beach around the pylons under the larger portion. You can also go east an west around the anchored boats and find a couple little ones that have sunk. You are going to want to get in about an hour before high tide to get the most out of the slack tide. You can dive either East or West of the Park. Do not enter the boat lanes! As you go east on Blue Heron Blvd., you will go over the bridge and Phil Foster Park will be on your left. As you turn in stay to the left and you will park near the bridge. You will set up in the parking lot and go off the beach. Night diving is only permitted by boat, you cannot cross the beach after dark. Blue Heron Bridge is also known as Phil Foster Park.
Morrison Springs

#5 - Morrison Springs

Florida, USA East

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Once a commercial dive operation site, Morrison Springs is now a Walton County recreation park. Bought by the State of Florida in 2004, it is now a no fee area. The dive area is an about 250 foot wide spring basin surrounded by a grove of cypress and other trees. Entry is sand gently sloped entry into the water. Water levels vary, but at approximately 18 to 25 feet, there is a training platform resting on the bottom of the basin. In the center of the basin, there is a funnel shaped entrance to the cavern area. A large tree trunk rests across this opening. Down the funnel is a small cavern room at about 35 feet and a large cavern room at about 50 feet. Depths can reach about 90 feet in the large cavern room. Water temps stay constant at about 65-68 degrees all year due to the spring. Facilities include bench areas, a bath house and restrooms, a covered picnic pavilion, a freshwater wash-down shower and some large floodlights. The area is also a popular launch place for local fishermen, who will launch boats in the same area as the divers. For this reason, a dive flag should be towed with the diver while in the dive basin. Caution should be noted anytime you surface as boaters don't always follow dive flag rules. As of October 2005, the county is meeting and planning upgrades to the facilities and also a separate boat launch area to separate divers and boaters. While this won't keep all boaters out of the basin, it will create a much safer dive environment. Nearest Dive Shop and Air Fills: Vortex Springs - http://www.vortexspring.com/ 10 miles away. Other sites that have information or pictures or maps. <br>http://www.dep.state.fl.us/springs/locator/Morrison.htm <br>http://underwaterflorida.homestead.com/morrison.html <br>http://www.floridacaves.com/morrison.htm <br>http://tfn.net/Springs/Morrison.htm Location: South of Ponce de Leon, Florida GPS coordinates N30.6578 W85.9056 Directions: Morrison Spring is south of the town of Ponce de Leon, Florida. Take I-10 and exit at Hwy 81 in Ponce de Leon. Go south on Florida Hwy 81. Turn left (east) on County Road 181. (look for a pavilion/shed in field with a Blue roof) Take CR-181 and turn right onto Morrison Springs Road. You will soon come to a fork in the road. Keep left and proceed to the spring. The road will dead end in the springs parking lot. Google Maps location: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=N30.6578+W85.9056&spn=0.048180,0.095645&t=h&iwloc=A&hl=en
Alexander Springs

#6 - Alexander Springs

Florida, USA East

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Alexander is a very calm spring of 80 meters wide. There are small caverns. The main one can be penetrated for about 10 ft (entrance at 23 feet). There is a lot of marine wildlife here and a chance you might even see an alligator! Alexander Spring is 17 miles NE of Deland in the Ocala National Forest. Travel W on SR 40 from Ocala. Turn right on CR 445A just before the town of Astor. Follow 445A past the sharp turn to the E. Watch signs to parking area.
Ginnie Springs

#7 - Ginnie Springs

Florida, USA East

beginner
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Four diveable springs:The Ball Room, Little Devil, Devil's Eye, and Devil's ear This is a full service facility with something for everyone. Ginnie Spring has a wonderful cavern and is open to open water divers. There are a number of other dives at this with limited open water area and then a lot of cave. http://www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com/ Great campground and facilities. Northeast to High Springs city. 7300 NE Ginnie Springs Rd; High Springs, Florida 32643; 904 454-2202; M-Th 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. F-S 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun 8.a.m. - 8 p.m. $24 per day to dive
Lauderdale by the Sea

#8 - Lauderdale by the Sea

Florida, USA East

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The very best shore dive place on the East Coast I have ever dove at has been Lauderdale by the Sea. I only made it out to the first reef but it was incredible. That should be your first stop.
Forty Fathom Grotto

#9 - Forty Fathom Grotto

Florida, USA East

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40 fathoms deep, spring water, good viz. Platforms to take a break every 15 feet. 40 Fathom Grotto<br>9487 NW 115th Ave<br>Ocala, FL 34482<br> (352) 368-7974
St. Andrews Jetties, Panama Beach

#10 - St. Andrews Jetties, Panama Beach

Florida, USA East

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1,260-acre coastal park; 110ft, 40ft viz, 60-80DegF; for more information, call St. Andrews State Park at (850) 233-5140<br> <u>Park Fees:</u> Admission Fee--$5.00 per vehicle; $1.00 for the following: Pedestrians, Bicyclists, extra Passengers, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit<br> <u>Facilities:</u> Picnic pavilions, bath-house, restrooms, beach chair rentals (in season), Park store with limited lunch food items for sale plus drinks, snacks and souvenirs. Beach on tidal pool with no waves and beach on main beach area where waves are located. Boat shuttle (fee charged) available to Shell Island (sand island) across channel from park. No facilities on Shell Island.<br> <u>Dive Shop Concession on site:</u> Jetty Dive Shop 850-233-0197 On site air fills when compressor is working. Some rental tanks, but limited availability. Nitrox usually not available.<br> <u>Closest offsite Dive Shop:</u> PC Dive Center at the corner of Front Beach Rd and Thomas Drive just outside the park at the first redlight.<br> <u>Dive Rules:</u> Follow Florida State dive laws. Dive flag required for diving anywhere outside the jetty tidal pool.<br> <u>Best time to dive:</u> At "high slack tide" Check local tide tables for time.<br> <u>Dive Conditions:</u> strong currents can exist due to incoming/outgoing tide. Best time for lowest current and best visibility is at high slack tide. Depths to 65 feet in main channel. Beware of boat traffic above and use a dive flag as required by law. Fishermen sometimes fish on jetty rocks, so beware of line entanglement or being hooked. Best to carry a cutting tool just in case.<br> <u>Accommodations:</u> Camping available at park or hotels/condos available outside park. <u>Hours of Operation:</u> 8:00 AM to sunset<br> <u>Driving Directions:</u> From Hwy 98 turn South on to Hwy 3031 (Thomas Drive) and follow it straight to Hwy 392 and turn left to enter into the gates of St. Andrews State Park. St. Andrews State Park is located approximately 3 miles east of Hwy 392.
Destin Jetties

#11 - Destin Jetties

Florida, USA East

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Recently( this February) I did a shore dive at the Destin Jetties in Destin, Florida. I went there because the boat dives were all canceled due to bad weather. Of course that meant there was bad weather at the jetties too but I was so determined to dive in the ocean that weekend. I spent about 12 mins fighting the currents in 6 foot water and went about 9 yards. It was freezing cold and I had about 5 ft of visibility. It was a terrible dive but the locals I talked to said that on good days it can be incredible. I plan to try it again this summer. You are at the mercy of the tides for peek diving conditions. Obviously when I dove that mercy was not available. There are jetties on both the east and west side of the pass - the east side is where people do most of their diving. To reach them, you'll want to get to Gulf Shore Drive and follow it past where it makes an "S" turn. At this point, be on watch for a gravel lane for public parking on the right side of the road. There will also be a single showerhead and a few signs that can be easy to miss marking the trail that leads out to the beach and the East Pass Jetties.
Vortex Springs

#12 - Vortex Springs

Florida, USA East

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VORTEX Springs in Ponce De Leon FL. It is a natural spring and mostly around 70 degrees. It boasts Gin Clear vis! There is a cavern there and some swim throughs.
Weeki Wachee Springs

#13 - Weeki Wachee Springs

Florida, USA East

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Weeki Wachee can best be described as a fresh water spring with a theme park built around it. In between dives you can watch the mermaid show that takes place right there in the spring. Divers must be accompanied by local dive shops with permission to enter and dive. Located on US 19 in the heart of a very small town called Weeki Wachee. It's about an hour and a half north of Tampa, Fl.
Blue Grotto

#14 - Blue Grotto

Florida, USA East

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Sink Hole, underwater air bell at 30', underwater lighting system 5390 NE 180th Ave; Williston, Florida 32696; 352 528-5770; 7 days 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $27 per day to dive
Devil's Den

#15 - Devil's Den

Florida, USA East

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33 Million year old fossils in an incredible sink hole 5390 NE 180th Ave; Williston, Florida 32696; 352 528-3344;7 days 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $27 per day to dive
John Pennekamp

#16 - John Pennekamp

Florida, USA East

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John Pennekamp is a 4.666666666666667-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Florida, USA East which is accessible from shore based on 3 ratings.
Vero Beach

#17 - Vero Beach

Florida, USA East

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Near Lakeland
Fort Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area

#18 - Fort Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area

Florida, USA East

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The reef at this area consists of several smaller reefs that are parallel to shore. The description of these reefs is similar to Vero Beach but the topography of the outer most reef at Ft. Pierce is more dramatic. The reef can actually be seen from satellite imagery on the Google maps link below. Http://www.google.com/maps?q=Vero+Beach,+FL,+USA&ie=UTF8&ll=27.482823,-80.299201&spn=0.013877,0.022659&t=h&z=16&om=1 Patches of sand exist between the reefs and can be used as navigation aids. The first reef is a couple hundred yards from shore but the outer most reef that faces the ocean has the most fish life and structural variation. Another difference in diving Ft. Pierce as compared to Vero Beach is that parking is plentiful and the facilities are extremely clean and diver friendly including drying racks by the showers-- this is what your fees help pay for. Something to keep in mind diving this area is that it is near an inlet that leads to the intracoastal water way. As such, pay attention to weather and currents for visibility conditions and use a good diver down flag. Furthermore, this is a popular site for surfing for stay cautious during the ascent and surface swim. Ft. Pierce Inlet State Recreation area is located on A1A just before it heads west towards the mainland. A road from the gate house, this is a fee area, leads to several access points on the beach. The reef off the beach is a part of the larger reef that parallels the FL Treasure Coast all the way to just north of Miami - the name Treasure Coast derives from the numerous Spanish galleons that wrecked just offshore on this large reef system spilling their contents on and off the local beaches.
South Beach Park a.k.a Yankee Clipper Rocks

#19 - South Beach Park a.k.a Yankee Clipper Rocks

Florida, USA East

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The first tier of the Fort Lauderdale reef is located about 75-100 feet off shore. Lots of sea fans here, along with other coral growth. Juvenile nurse sharks seen here (I have the pics to prove it!) along with other juvenile fish. Max depth of the 1st reef is about 14 ft max, (average 10). This parking lot is right on the beach. All you have to do is gear up and walk across the beach in. All day parking is $6.00, and the lot has many freshwater showers. Also a picnic area with charcoal grills, and many restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance. A dive shop is located almost right near the entrance to the park on A1A. Lifeguard towers are dotted along the beach. Most lifeguards prefer if you dive during off peak hours (before 10AM and after 5PM). A dive flag is required by local law. This site is best accessed from the South Beach Park parking lot, located off A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach. South Beach lot is right at the split (where A1A becomes one way), otherwise known as South Atlantic Blvd / Seabrease Blvd. To get there you can take SE 17th St, east to A1A, north to the parking lot, or you can take E Las Olas Blvd to A1A, south to the parking lot.
Hillsboro Inlet Jetty

#20 - Hillsboro Inlet Jetty

Florida, USA East

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I snorkel the outside part of the jetty (the side facing AWAY from the inlet, towards the beach, and shielded from the tidal currents) all the time. It's an easy swim right off the beach, and drops off quickly to about 20-30 feet of water. Lots of hard corals on boulders on the deeper sections; some ledges; some rubble, etc on bottom. Depending on the season, barracuda, a few jacks and even occasional snook. Always parrotfish, blowfish, stonefish, schools of minnows and pinfish. Some caveats: its dangerous and illegal to swim on the inlet-side of the jetty; currents are very swift, the inlet is narrow, and there's a near-constant flow of yachts, cigarette boats, and day-boaters going through. Also, for max visibility, try to time your dive 3-4 hours after the incoming tide. That brings in fresh clear ocean water (visibility typically 20-30 feet) and leaves time for the tide to push back all the tea-colored water that comes out of the Intercostals Waterway on the outgoing tide. From I-95, exit at Atlantic Blvd (Pompano Beach) and drive east all the way to the coastal beach highway, A1A (about 3-4 miles). Turn left (north) up A1A about 2 miles; just past the traffic light at 14th Street is a small public beach park (at 16th Street), with metered parking, bathrooms + outdoor shower. From there, it's about a quarter-mile walk along the beach to the Inlet (you can't miss it because the Hillsboro lighthouse is on the other side).
Howard Park Cave Dive

#21 - Howard Park Cave Dive

Florida, USA East

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Thought you might Like to add this to your list of Shore dive sites in Florida This is a wild cave and can be a bit hairy as vis can range from 20 down to < 5 and 65' at the deepest spot I have found. Have Fun --Tim Not so easy to find if you don’t know exactly where it is. And since this winter my markers have been blown off by the storms. The site is listed at http://www.caveatlas.com/systems/system.asp?ID=37
Three Sisters Spring

#22 - Three Sisters Spring

Crystal River, FL

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Three Sisters Springs is a complex of three spring areas, with many vents and sand boils that help feed Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River. These springs also constitute one of the most important natural warm-water refuges for the endangered Florida manatee. The site entrance is blocked from boats. Fresh Water fish and turtles. Occasional manatees though diving in the area is limited when there are a high number of manatees present.
Pepper Park

#23 - Pepper Park

Florida, USA East

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Great shore dive!! Three series of ledges: 1st.100 yards off shore- 2nd 125 yards - 3rd 175 yards. You will see reef sharks and small fish. Free parking, clean showers and bathrooms! Many places to eat on rt. 1. DON'T FORGET to bring a dive flag! Safety first, diving second!! Fort Pierce! On I-95 exit #138 go east rt.164 {Indrio Rd} Turn right {south} on rt-1. Go over the first causeway bridge to A1A. Then go north about 2 miles. Pepper Park is on your right.
Pompano Beach

#24 - Pompano Beach

Florida, USA East

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Pompano Beach, located between Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach gives you the best of both worlds, small town charm with big city access. Pompano has some of the best diving in Florida. Pompano Beach is no longer diving's best kept secret! Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Pompano Beach is extremely popul;ar because of the close proximity of world class wreck and reef dives. The majority of the wreck dives on the Gold Coast are located just outside Hillsboro Inlet, Making Pompano Beach the "Wreck Capitol" of Florida.
Dania Beach

#25 - Dania Beach

Florida, USA East

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Dania Beach is a 4.375-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Florida, USA East which is accessible from shore based on 8 ratings.
Bradenton Beach

#26 - Bradenton Beach

Florida, USA East

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This is an easy beach dive and is especially well suited for beginners owing to ease of water entry and lack of strong currents. Depths are shallow, usually no more than 15 feet, and visibility is usually very good for this type of Gulf dive -- generally about 15 feet. Abundance of small marine life such as small reef fish, crabs, sheepshead, and snook (when they venture out from under the pier). Farther north of the pier (about a mile drive) is the "Molasses Reef" which is essentially the bowsprit of an old molasses steamer that sunk many years ago. All that is left is a small portion of the bow which sticks out of the flat surrounding sand. Not much as far as a "wreck" goes, but small reef fish seem to enjoy it. On the north end of Bradenton Beach near the fishing pier. Take either I-75 or US19 to Bradenton and follow signs for the beach. There is free parking along the beach front as long as you get there early enough.
Lake Denton

#27 - Lake Denton

Florida, USA East

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There is a SCUBA destination in Lake Denton, Florida. This is where my wife and I completed our open water dives for our certification. The visibility is good and there are a lot of fish to see. It is a favorite of the locals and is busy on Saturday, but Sunday it's less crowded. There are lines on the bottom to help navigate. There are also a couple of sunken dinghies. Lake Denton, Florida
Manatee Springs

#28 - Manatee Springs

Florida, USA East

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We went there to test out dry suits through DUI. The manatee spring wasn't that fun but the other one right by it (in the same park) was neat, and had a lot of interesting things to look at. The visibility was shot that day since it was so crowded but it still was fun. 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland, Florida 32626,Phone: 352-493-6072
Venice Beach

#29 - Venice Beach

Florida, USA East

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This site is known to yield fossilized sharks' teeth. Poor visibility, esp when the water's a little choppy. I have found upwards of 60 teeth in a one-hour dive. (Pics of them on my page.) Teeth ranged from serrated (white sharks) to lanceolate (sand sharks). Many different sizes. This site has been reported to yield teeth in excess of 4" diameter !!! Local dive guides available, but you won't need them. Stay at exactly 19'-21', and you'll find plenty. BEWARE of boats: use a dive buoy. Public parking at the municipal lot. Hump your gear to the water's edge. Go straight out +/- 100 yards from the lifeguard tower.
Hudson Grotto

#30 - Hudson Grotto

Florida, USA East

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The grotto is used for training, open water diving, and is available for private parties and special events. The Grotto walls are hour glass shaped loaded with solution tubes and other objects to look at. The bottom is dome shaped, and the edges average around 100 - 110 feet in Depth. with the deepest spot, about 155ft in a small opening against the north wall. There are four platforms, Three of them just under the end edge of the dock, and one in the middle of the sink. The three platforms are layered like steps, the first one is at 20ft.,the second at 45 ft. and the third at 60ft. Tied to the white barrel there is a line that runs down to a 100 foot platform which is used for Advance Open Water classes. The Platform sits next to two boats and lines run to an old VW van, and other interesting objects sitting on the bottom. There are several thermo clines, the mid-water temperature can get pretty cold between 40 and 80 feet , however the bottom temperature usually stays in the low 70's. The water is tannic all year, and visibility can really fluctuate with the algae bloom. Cost is usually around 10- $20 for divers depending on visibility. Located one mile North from the intersection of SR 52 and US Hwy 19. Tower Drive is directly across the street from the Castriota Chevy Dealership. Hudson Grotto is on the left side of Tower Drive, just across the street from Scuba West dive shop.
The Breakers

#31 - The Breakers

Florida, USA East

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This is one of the best, if not the best shore dive anywhere within a hundred miles of here. The water is usually more clear than nearby sites, and the variety, and number of fish and coral is pretty much unmatched. I have seen French, and Blue Angelfish, Parrotfish, Moray Eels, Porgy, Puffers, Damsels, and a whole lot I could not identify. Some of the ledges there get up to six feet, and are quite impressive. There is less hard corals here than at Vista park, but more sponges and similar numbers of soft coral. From the I-95 get off at Palm Beach Lakes blvd in west palm beach. Go east until Dixie highway(US1) then go south until Quadrille (also called Royal Poinciana in places) go east on this across the intercoastal. Then go north on N County Road, take a quick right onto Sunset avenue. At the end of this road there is two hour parking, park there and swim directly out, there are a few reefs that go as deep as 25 feet.
Vista Park

#32 - Vista Park

Florida, USA East

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This is a real nice dive spot. The reef is huge, I spent two hours there and saw less than a quarter of what is there. The coral life is amazing, soft corals, many several feet tall are everywhere Big heads of hard coral some three or more feet tall are not uncommon. In some areas I saw stag horn corals carpeting the ground. While the fish were not as dense as at gulf stream park, they were much more diverse, I saw almost everything I have seen in south Florida, Angelfish, Damsels, wrasses, parrotfish, a small nurse shark, a small stingray, and a whole lot I could not identify. This is seriously one of the best reefs I have seen this close to shore. From I-95 get off on Oakland Park Blvd in Fort Lauderdale follow that east to the A1A. Go south along the A1A until 27th street. Go east on 27th. Then turn left (north) on Atlantic and drive about two blocks, Vista park parking will be on the right. There are cheap meters, 25cents an hour as of Jan 2004. Get into the water anywhere along the beach, the reef starts just after the Buoys
Bahia Honda State Park

#33 - Bahia Honda State Park

Florida, USA East

intermediate
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The bridge at Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key is a shallow (8 - 11 feet) but a good dive. It's almost too shallow for scuba but the viz is not quite good enough for prime snorkeling. Pull a dive flag and stay out of the boat channels. There's are lots of fish in numbers and variety, crabs and lobster and small nurse sharks eating the crabs and lobster. Look closely around the bridge pilings and there is grass and soft corals on the bottom. Bahia State Park is on Hwy 1 in the Florida Keys. Exit into the park and follow the park roads around to the base of the bridge.
Phosphate Dock

#34 - Phosphate Dock

Florida, USA East

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Dive 2 hours before high slack tide (2 hours is all you get). BEST TALK TO THE LOCALS. VERY DANGEROUS PLACE. If it's done during tarpoon season, if the tide don't get you, the great whites will! Never actually dove it, because I didn't know the tide tables, and it's better I didn't! School of over 300 Great Whites off shore (found out later from the dive shop). It's not as great as when the dock was used years ago, but fish still school there. It's about 40' deep, and not for the beginner. -- Mad Marl Go to the end of the island of Boca Grande. Park in public parking. Follow the beach around the point. Find Phosphate Dock (you can't miss it!)
West Palm Beach

#35 - West Palm Beach

Florida, USA East

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West Palm Beach is a 4.25-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Florida, USA East which is accessible from shore based on 4 ratings.
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

#36 - Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Florida, USA East

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Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach Park. If conditions are not great, don't even bother visibility is bad here compared to some nearby areas. When I went I could not even see my feet in waist deep water. I swam out anyway, and at about 500 yards out I at least could see bottom, and visibility was around 20 feet. I was looking for a famed ledge that follows the edge of the reef, and I have heard is about 6 feet. I never found it because of poor visibility. What I did find was an endless stretch of reef much like vista park. There were many soft corals, and fish of all kinds, including a few large grouper, butterfly fish, doctor fish, porgy, and a bunch of other fish from I-95 get off on Griffin Road in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Go east until US1 then go South until Dania Beach Blvd (here you should start seeing signs directing you to the park) go east on Dania Beach until you see a sign telling you to turn right to get into the park. After passing a gate to get into the park, where they make you pay five dollars, park in the first lot on the right. Follow the boardwalk to the ocean. The reef starts a long ways out, something like 500 yards.
Troy Springs

#37 - Troy Springs

Florida, USA East

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80' Spring with a moderate outflow. About 60' of rock wall to explore on the way down and up. Also a cypress flat out to the Suwannee River Very easy to enter. There are two entry points from the dock.
Paradise Springs

#38 - Paradise Springs

Florida, USA East

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For divers of all levels. This is a commercially operated dive site. Entrance fee is $27. Only certified cave divers can reach 140'. Southeast of Ocala. Paradise Springs is a private place. Follow U.S. 27 south to Williston
Regina Wreck Or Molasses Barge

#39 - Regina Wreck Or Molasses Barge

Florida, USA East

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Sunk in 1940 after it was washed ashore in a storm sits the Regina. Local divers also know this wreck as the Molasses barge. I dove this site which is very convenient due to the fact that it is a shore dive across the street from a dive shop. You must cross a street and about 100yds of sand. Once you hit the water, it is about a 100yd swim to the floating milk bottle in 18 feet of water that marks the spot. When I dove this wreck about 6 months ago, the only structure was about a 15 foot section of the bow that Jets out of the sand. There are a few ropes attached that a large amount of Sea Horses have made what I've heard to be a permanent residence. Also seen were Conchs, Sand Dollars, Wrasses, Jellyfish and a large school of Spade Fish which was the highlight for me. Visibility on the first dive in the early AM was aprox 10 to 15feet. The second dive was only about 5 feet visibility in the late morning. This is the perfect beginner shore dive due to the shallow water and location of the Dive Shop. Directly across the street from the SeaTrek Dive Shop at Bradenton Beach and approximately 100 yards of shore sits the remains of the 247 foot tanker Regina.
Blue Springs State Park

#40 - Blue Springs State Park

Florida, USA East

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Spring, cavern and cave diving 35 miles North of Orlando
Wreck of the Regina Aka Sugar Barge

#41 - Wreck of the Regina Aka Sugar Barge

Florida, USA East

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The wreck is very broken up and scattered with most of the large remains (stern section) about fifty feet north and about 100 feet out from the southwest buoy. The bow is towards the north. The water depth varies from 15 to 20 feet based. Different parts of the wreck are visible at different times due to storms and currents either depositing or removing sand from the area. Visibility is highly dependant on the prevailing wind direction and strength. The following website has some good photos of the wreck http://www.seatrekdivers.com/photogallery/photo_regina.htm This wreck accessible by shore is a part of the Florida State Underwater Archaeological Preserve. It is located off of Bradenton Beach just across from the street (Gulf Drive) from Seatrek Divers shop. The address is 105 7th St N. Bradenton Beach, FL 34217. To get to the site head towards the Bradenton Beach portion of Anna Maria Island via Gulf Drive. There is no local parking at the site devoted to the beach. One will have to drop off gear and find a parking spot close by. Depending on the day and time limited parking may be available around the building that the dive shop is in. Seatrek has successfully lobbied the local country government to place buoys off the wreck to aid in navigation. Unfortunately the county dropped the buoys in the wrong place so the diver will have to navigate in a direction off the buoys. (I am not an employee or being paid by Seatreck. They really are just across the street from the dive site)
Santa Rosa Island

#42 - Santa Rosa Island

Florida, USA East

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Santa Rosa Island, jetties off Fort Pickens. This is a favorite shore dive for me...when the current is not too bad. Lots of shells about 30 feet outside the jetties.
Deerfield Ledges

#43 - Deerfield Ledges

Florida, USA East

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I dove here in January 2002. I remember a large series of ledges inhabited by large numbers of fish. I really did not remember this as being as impressive as north Deerfield ledges were, but while I did not see any, I was told this is a good place to look for lobster. get off of the 95 at Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach. Go east to the A1A. Then go south on the A1A until you get to SE 5th Street. Once there go east for a short distance, then go S on S. Ocean way Follow this road, it will curve to the east. there will be parking at meters near the Cove Beach Club
Shark Bay Exhibit At the Florida Aquarium

#44 - Shark Bay Exhibit At the Florida Aquarium

Florida, USA East

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The program is approximately 90-minutes and includes an educational presentation about sharks and a 30-minute dive in the Shark Bay exhibit. The divers will exit the shark cage with an Aquarium dive master and position themselves on the bottom of the exhibit in front of the exhibit window for optimal viewing of the sharks. Family and friends will be able to view the divers during all phases of the dive from the Sea Hunt gallery. The Shark Bay Exhibit at The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida. http://www.flaquarium.org/html/l2/l2_explore_dive.html From I-275 Southbound - Coming from North Tampa & Ocala Areas Take Exit 45A (OLD 26) Downtown East (Jefferson Street) Continue straight on Jefferson to Twiggs Left on Twiggs to Channelside Drive Right on Channelside Drive to Washington Street Left on Washington Street to Aquarium Parking
Gulfstream Park

#45 - Gulfstream Park

Florida, USA East

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This dive site has an amazing number of fish in it. Damsels, Parrotfish, doctor fish, barracuda, and a single nurse shark. I spent almost all my time on the ledge right on the shore, which made poor visibility, but it was still a good dive. Just follow one of the ledges for a while and you will see as many tropical fish as anywhere. If you start on I-95 get off on Woolbright Road and go east until you get to A1A turn right, and go about 0.5 miles until you see gulf stream park on the left. It will be about a quarter mile south of Nomad Surf Shop. From the lifeguard tower go south about a hundred feet, and enter there. There is a shallow ledge in about three feet of water, as well as an artificial reef about 150 feet out
North Deerfield Ledges

#46 - North Deerfield Ledges

Florida, USA East

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Of the five places I dived in Jan 2003 this was second only to breakers. It was easy to find the reef, clear, calm, and full of life. I saw angelfish, juvenile blue tangs, small grouper, doctor fish, triggerfish, schools of baitfish, a stingray, etc. I would not be surprised if lobster were in some of the ledges, but I did not see any, so maybe that is wishful thinking. from I 95 get off on Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield beach. Go east until you get toA1A. Go north on A1A. The road might turn some, but continue on A1A until you get to the "Welcome to the city of Boca Raton" sign this is a good place to drop off your gear, there are parking meters about 400 yards south of here. Get into the beach using the access at the end of 7th street. Anywhere near this access is alright to get into the water. The reef starts between 150, and ends about 500feet off of the shore. It is hard to miss, and is pretty large.
Worth avenue, Pier Debris

#47 - Worth avenue, Pier Debris

Florida, USA East

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I have been told there is pier debris straight out from worth avenue, I did not find this, not surprising since I went here on a stormy day. However I did find a series of ledges following the shore, about 200 yards out. These were inhabited by the usual cast of characters, damsels, doctor fish, triggerfish, etc. Closer to the shore There were huge schools Barracuda-like fish. When I swam past the ledges I found a reef containing mostly soft corals, with some large orange sponges as well. This is at the end of worth street in Lake Worth Florida. You can get here by exiting the 95 at Okeechobee Blvd then go east This road will dead-end into US1, take a left here, then an immediate right onto the bridge (lakeview avenue). Follow this road until the A1A then go south on A1A five blocks to worth avenue. There are meters along the ocean, a dollar an hour. To enter, go straight east from the dead-end of worth avenue. you can see the reef as a dark patch in the water.
Spanish Rocks Reef

#48 - Spanish Rocks Reef

Florida, USA East

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Spanish Rocks Reef is unique in that it is one of the very rare saltwater shore dives on the west coast of Florida. This dive site consists of limestone ledges that vary in height off the bottom from about a foot to about five feet high in certain locations. Life on the ledges are sponges, tunicates, lots of sea weed, and some corals (hard coral, sea fans, gorgonians). Various tropical fish live on an around the ledges with turtles and nurse sharks spotted on occasion. Average depth is from 15 to 20 feet based on tides. Visibility is highly dependant upon prevailing wind direction and strength. This dive site located off of Bradenton Beach, FL on Anna Maria Island. To get to this location find the beach access point on Gulf Drive North and 33rd Street. 33rd Street is only 50 to 100 feet long and serves as the parking lot for the local beach access. A way to get there from the mainland is to take SR 64 (Manatee Ave.) to Gulf Drive North and then go south about a quarter mile. If you keep going south along gulf drive for about another 1.5 miles you will get to the other Brandenton Beach shore dive site the Wreck of the Regina (aka Sugar Barge). The 33rd St. Gulf Drive N. beach access is marked by a small blue green sign to the west. From the Beach access point find the reef by walking south along the beach six houses and then head out from there due west for a couple hundred yards. You have to go past the sandy bottom area. If the visibility is poor it can be easy to miss. The ledges then heads towards the west away from shore at an angle.
Hollywood Beach

#49 - Hollywood Beach

Florida, USA East

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Daytona Beach

#50 - Daytona Beach

Florida, USA East

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USS Vandenburg

#51 - USS Vandenburg

USA, Florida, Keys, Lower Keys

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523 foot WW2 Air Force Missle Range Instrumentation sunk as an artificial reef. She lies upright. There are a couple of radar dishes located on the upper deck but one has appariently broken free. Off Key West 6 miles
Site D Coral Reef

#52 - Site D Coral Reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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Adolphus Busch Wreck

#53 - Adolphus Busch Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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The 210 foot former island freighter was sunk December 5th, 1998. The wreck is perfectly upright and intact at 108 feet deep. Good for a Nitrox dive. 5.5 miles southwest of Big Pine Key, it is also 3 miles W of Looe Key. Adolphus Busch Wreck is also known as Adolphus Busch Sr., Ocean Alley.
Crystal River - King's Spring

#54 - Crystal River - King's Spring

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Many people come here to dive and snorkel because of the large manatee population that migrate up into the warm natural spring fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees all year round. During the winter months, Crystal River boasts the largest manatee population and is the only place in the world that you can swim with the manatees during our manatee tours. South of King's Bay, Crystal River.
Catfish Hotel Sink

#55 - Catfish Hotel Sink

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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You will find that sink in the manatee springs state park. The sink is covered with duck weed. http://www.floridastateparks.org/manateesprings/default.cfm
Spiegel Grove

#56 - Spiegel Grove

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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Spiegel Grove sunk June 10, 2002. This is the largest ship ever sunk intentionally to be an artificial reef, and probably the most well known. Vessel size: - length: 510 feet - type: U.S. Navy Landing Ship Dock - tonnage: 6,880 tons It takes at least two dives to have a look of the wreck. The Spiegel is an excellent Nitrox dive, especially on double tank dives! In July of 2005, Hurricane Dennis forced the former USS Spiegel Grove onto her keel, right-side-up, which was the position originally intended when she was sunk. It is an amazing dive. Great areas for advanced and limited penetration. This wreck offers something for everyone multiple times. You could dive it 10 times and not see everything. 6 Miles off Key Largo. The Spiegel Grove wreck lies near Dixie Shoals into the Marine Sanctuary. Spiegel Grove is also known as LSD-32.
Bridge Span #14

#57 - Bridge Span #14

USA, Florida, Panama City

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Bridge Span #14 is also known as Hathaway Truss 14.
The Living Seas

#58 - The Living Seas

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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6 million gallon tank with over 65 species of marine life. Saw sharks, turtles, eagle rays, and diverse tropical fish. Disneyworld! Living Seas Pavilion, Epcot, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL
Hospital Hole

#59 - Hospital Hole

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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Dome shaped sinkhole where groups of manatees gather in the winter months. Jack fish and eels can also be seen. Rent a canoe in the town of Weeki Wachee Springs and travel a short distance upstream from the canoe dock on the gentle Weeki Wachee River to find sinkhole where many manatees gather in the winter seasons. Shallow water around the sinkhole allows shore-like entrance. Small buoy marks the sinkhole. Rent a canoe through a local store and travel from the parking lot at Rogers Park canoe launch east up the river.
El Capitana

#60 - El Capitana

USA, Florida, Palm Bay

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The El Capitana is one of ten treasure galleons that were driven onto local reefs by violent weather in 1715. A few cannons and hundreds of ballast stones are scattered across the reef. The large reef area starts 6.1m (20ft) off shore. Because of shallow depths, entries and exits can be hazardous during periods of rough surf. Even today, salvage workers are still collecting gold and sliver from the site. A local museum tells about the ships violent fate. Hope it helps! From the intersection of SR 60 and A1A in Vero Beach, go north on A1A for 11 miles. OR 1 mile south of the Sebastian Inlet Bridge to the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Ask officials how to get to the site via boat or short swim.
Weeki Wachee

#61 - Weeki Wachee

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Individual diving will not be permitted. Individuals wishing to dive at the spring, must contact one of the registered dive shops for availability and pricing. Weeki Wachee Springs is about 12 miles southwest of Brooksville at the head of the Weeki Wachee River. It is just south of State Hwy 50 on the west side of U.S. Hwy 19. This is a well known landmark and will be very easy to find. Look for the swimming mermaid signs all over the interstate and state highways.
Hole in the Wall

#62 - Hole in the Wall

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Large diameter short tunnel. Often filled with big Golaith Groupers and sharks including Bulls. Spectacular. On the 120 foot ledge South of the Jupiter Inlest
Half Moon Wreck

#63 - Half Moon Wreck

USA, Florida, Miami

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This is a great snorkeling site as well as a good dive site. Because of the current leaving Bear Cut it's best to dive this site at high slack tide. The visibility changes dramatically with the tides. The high tide ensures that clear water is coming in rather then the murky water leaving Biscayne bay. There are an abundance of rays, giant puffers and lobster that live there. There is a monument and plaque in the center of the wreck. At Low tide, the top of the Wreck is only 4 feet below the water. There is a lot of boat traffic in this area. The Half Moon is a 154 foot long Steel Racing yacht in about 10 feet of water that sank in 1930. It is located due east of Bear Cut (the channel between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne) about 1 mile. There is a lone red channel marker just to the south of the dive site and there are two mooring buoys at the site. One at the bow and one at the stern. Half Moon Wreck is also known as Half Moon Underwater Preserve.
Briney Breezes

#64 - Briney Breezes

USA, Florida

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Pink House

#65 - Pink House

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Pauls Reef

#66 - Pauls Reef

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Cable Crossing

#67 - Cable Crossing

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Marked my a mooring buoy.
North Canyon

#68 - North Canyon

USA, Florida, Miami

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Northern end of the canyon, crawling with life!
Deep Freeze

#69 - Deep Freeze

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Deep Freeze -- now one of Miami's most popular advanced dive sites -- was a 210' freighter sunk in 135' of water in October 1976. She had a 33.5' beam and displaced 1,138 gross tons of water. Her top deck can be reached at 110'. The Deep Freeze was sunk in the artificial reef site known as Pflueger, located north of Government Cut and south of Haulover Islet. Fairly strong currents are the norm here. The Deep Freeze is a popular spot for local fisherman and spear fisherman. Due to the monofilament lines on this wreck and the heavy buildup of silt, the Deep Freeze is only recommended for advanced divers. Be sure to bring a knife for the monofilament. The wreck offers excellent penetration for the experienced wreck diver. Hurricane Andrew separated a 35' section of the stern from the hull in 1992, but otherwise caused little damage.
Miss Karline

#70 - Miss Karline

USA, Florida, Miami

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This wreck is a collapsed steel hull 85 feet in length. It's located just 100 feet southeast of the Patricia in the Anchorage Artificial Reef Site. Also close by are the police barge, Radio Tower Pyramids and Army Tanks. The Karline has been on the bottom since 1989 which has allowed an abundance of coral growth in a once sandy area. Because of the close proximity of the other wrecks there is an abundance of fish and other sea life. With a maximum depth of just 51 feet and a 15-foot profile, divers can have longer bottom times.
African Queen

#71 - African Queen

USA, Florida, Miami

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Sunk December 1986, The African Queen, a 57-foot concrete boat, now rests in 45 feet of water off Key Biscayne.
Lady Carmen

#72 - Lady Carmen

USA, Florida, Miami

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This 45ft steel tug is located in Sunny Isles. She was sunk in 1999 to assist in the formation of an artificial reef. She lies 65 feet below the surface.
Steane D'Auray

#73 - Steane D'Auray

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Steane D'Auray, often referred to as the "St. Anne", is a 110 foot North Atlantic trawler, sunk in only 68 feet of water. It has over 28 feet of relief and is basically still intact. There is still a picturesque air vent on the port side, the perfect backdrop for the underwater photographer. Some of the wreck has been torn apart and scattered across the bottom in the sand after Hurricane Andrew in August of 1992. The St. Anne was sunk on March 28, 1986 and has a tremendous amount of growth. The rich nutrients of the Gulfstream have brought an abundance of life to her structure. Brilliant soft corals undulate in the current while the dark passageways beckon you to investigate her inner structure. Steane D'Auray is also known as St. Anne.
Patricia Wreck

#74 - Patricia Wreck

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Patricia is a steel tug that was sunk in 1990. The tug is mostly intact with a profile rising 20 feet from the sandy bottom at 53 feet. This wreck is only 100 feet from the Karline. Also close by are the Radio Tower Pyramids and Army Tanks. The once sandy area now has a great deal of coral and marine life. This is an excellent site for photography.
Navarre Beach Reef

#75 - Navarre Beach Reef

USA, Florida, Pensacola

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Various marine life at site. Sea turtles have been sighted in the area. Other various tropical and typical Gulf fish present. Great shore dive site. Look for the two poles on the beach just east of the stairs to line up with. The artificial reef is located 300' off shore. A small buoy will mark the beginning and end of the reef.
Colson's Barge

#76 - Colson's Barge

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Approx 1 mile NE of Palm Beach Inlet.
Breakers 3rd Window

#77 - Breakers 3rd Window

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Interesting drift dive. Breakers Reef is located 3 miles S from the Palm Beach Inlet.
Drifting Spot

#78 - Drifting Spot

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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In a strong current, it could be difficult to make an accurate descent.
Rons Rock

#79 - Rons Rock

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Ana Cecilia Wreck

#80 - Ana Cecilia Wreck

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Length: 170 feet. Upright, facing south.
Eidsvag and Owens

#81 - Eidsvag and Owens

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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St. Andrews State Park

#82 - St. Andrews State Park

USA, Florida, Panama City

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This was my first time a this site. Visibility was around 5- 10 ft., it was almost low tide. I heard that around high tide is much better vis. I also heard in the early summer you might get to see baby hammerhead sharks, but I didn't see any myself. Because of the changing tides there was a slight current. There were a variety of fish there, and some coral. Outside of Panama City Beach, Florida.
Brass Wreck

#83 - Brass Wreck

USA, Florida, Pensacola

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A classick wreck dive. The Brass Wreck is an unidentified 19th century schooner.It was given this name due to many brass pins being found on or near the site. The marine life is abundant: Flounder, Snapper, Grouper, Barracudas, Trigger, Amberjack, etc. Characteristics: Type: Wooden schooner Length: 250 foot Extra: Two large anchors Approximately 15 miles ESE of Pensacola Pass
Crystal River - Hunter Spring

#84 - Crystal River - Hunter Spring

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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A great a free way to snorkle with the Manatees. no need to waste $70 with some of the outfits. we saw 10+ manatees the day we were there just wade into the water right next to your car. recommend a wet suit though as it is winter when the manatees are there. the water temperature is 72'. East of Crystal River in Crystal River City Park. End of NE 1st Avenue.
Liberty Ship

#85 - Liberty Ship

USA, Florida, Pensacola

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The 400' hull of the Liberty Ship was sunk as an artificial reef in 90' of water , approximately 8 mile ESE of Pensacola pass. 7 miles ESE of the pass to Pensacola Bay Liberty Ship is also known as Joseph Meek.
Tug Boat Janet

#86 - Tug Boat Janet

USA, Florida, Destin

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Three Coal Barges

#87 - Three Coal Barges

USA, Florida, Pensacola

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Remains of 3 coal barges sunk as an artificial reef approximately 5 miles south east of Pensacola Pass. Depths range 45-60' . This large site is an area favorite for shell collecting and training new divers, and is home to an impressive array of marine life including resident sea turtles 1.8 miles off the beach, in 50 feet of water Three Coal Barges is also known as Coal Barges.
Black Bart

#88 - Black Bart

USA, Florida, Panama City

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The 185-foot oil field supply ship sits upright in about 75 feet of water. Her bow points due south. The bridge can be reached at 40 feet and the main deck is at 66 feet. The cargo holds are open for exploration. Divers can also explore the head (complete with toilets) and the galley which still has several appliances. The Black Bart is a popular spot for wreck training and for photography.
Aligator bayou

#89 - Aligator bayou

USA, Florida, Panama City

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There is tons to do here, lots of wreck dives there is even a bridge span to dive on 45 min offshore!! I tagged this location because this is were the hardest toughest members of our navy are forged and formed into navy divers. The history and technology that is housed here will humble even the most experienced diver. While your here check out the man in the sea museum this will surely give you a feeling of awwwwweeeeee. Its Panama city beach!!! who doesn't know this place, from such infomercials like girls gone wild and girls gone wild spring break, there is also MTV specials filmed and hosted here every year for the Lower alabama and southern college folks. Aligator bayou is also known as The mecca for Navy Diving.
Cannon Patch

#90 - Cannon Patch

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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It is a very shallow spot marked with a buoy. There are also 3 anker buoys. Not much to see but a great training dive. near Grecian Rocks
Barracuda Reef

#91 - Barracuda Reef

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Short boat ride out just out of Pt. Everglades and to the South. There are 29 mooring buoys to pick up. recommend picking up one of the first few
The Benwood Wreck

#92 - The Benwood Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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The Benwood was a freighter, built in 1910. She was 360 feet long with a 51 foot beam. It sunk in 1942. The wreck is located 5 nm offshore. It is marked by 4 buoys (B1 to B4).
French Reef

#93 - French Reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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French Reef is located into the Sanctuary Preservation Area. Bring a light to explore the 4 caves of French Reef: - Hourglass Cave (near F1) - Christmas Tree Cave (near F3) - White Sand Bottom Cave (The largest cave, located at the center of the reef) - Five Caves (small caves, south end of the reef) 1 mile NE of Molasses Reef tower. It is marked by a black piling and 17 mooring buoys with the "F" letter.
Eastern dry rocks

#94 - Eastern dry rocks

USA, Florida, Keys, Lower Keys

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Popular dive site for scuba and snorkeling. SW of Key West
Key Largo Undersee Park

#95 - Key Largo Undersee Park

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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In addition to being the home of Jules' Undersea Lodge, Key Largo Undersea Park is one of the major Dive Training Facilities in South Florida, providing a sheltered deep-lagoon location for all types of basic and advanced underwater instruction.
North North Dry Rocks

#96 - North North Dry Rocks

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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Angel's Reef

#97 - Angel's Reef

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Two angels statues were sunk here. Located south of Deerfield Beach
Molasses Reef

#98 - Molasses Reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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You don't have to go far from the boat to see a large variety of animals of all sizes. Located in the National Marine Sanctuary, it is a protected reef, so no worries about tangles with spears or hooks; and very large game fish abound! Weekends do bring in a fair amount of divers, but there is enough to see in all directions so crowding can be avoided. Located less than 20 minutes from the Spiegel Grove wreck.
Dania Erojacks Reef

#99 - Dania Erojacks Reef

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Lighthouse Ledge

#100 - Lighthouse Ledge

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Pompano Beach, Florida. Close to Hillsboro Inlet
The City of Washington Wreck

#101 - The City of Washington Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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The wreck site of the City of Washington is 325 feet long that sunk in 1891. An old and disintegrated wreck, but you'll find a plethora of marine life in and around this site. The wreck is located offshore of Elbow Reef, approx 6 miles off Key Largo, directly ENE of the Lighthouse (between bouys E9 and E10). Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Looe Key Reef & HMS Looe

#102 - Looe Key Reef & HMS Looe

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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Looe Key Reef is one of the best but also most dived reefs in the Keys. This reef contains a Sanctuary Preservation Area. The HMS Looe Wreck sunk here in 1744. 10 nmiles SW of Bahia Honda Channel. Looe Key Reef & HMS Looe is also known as HMS Looe Wreck.
Copenhagen Wreck

#103 - Copenhagen Wreck

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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"The 325-foot single screw steamer Copenhagen was built in 1898 just two years before she ran aground on the rock ledge out from Pompano. She was caring a cargo of coal to Havana at the time of mishap. This is one of Florida's favorite historical shipwreck dives. On May 20 1900, the vessel had departed Philadelphia, laden with almost 5,000 tons of coal and a crew of 26, bound for Havana, Cuba. As the vessel passed the lighthouse, Captain William Jones estimated the ship's position as about one and three- quarter miles offshore and ordered a change in course to SSE to keep the ship at least a mile and a half offshore as it past by West Palm Beach. At around 4:20 am, Captain Jones retired, leaving the chief officer in charge. He left instructions the keep the vessel one and half mile offshore. There was no indication of what was about to happen to the steamship. The steamer SS Copenhagen was built in Sunderland, England, and launched in February 1898. The steel hulled ship was 324 feet long, 47 feet wide and more than 25 feet deep. Like many of the ship built in the late 1800s, the vessel was built with an inner and outer hull. At around 9:00 am on May 26, the vessel suddenly crashed hard into the Pompano Drop-off, an eastern facing ledge that rises to 15 feet of the surface from a sandy bottom in 31 feet. The ship's engines were immediately ordered stopped. Captain Jones ordered full reverse. The engines kicked into reverse but the ship didn't move. In the attempt to free the vessel, a large anchor was deployed to no avail. Two days later, a salvage ship showed up to help unload the cargo and to try to pull the Copenhagen from its predicament. Extra people from shore were employed to speed up the recovery of the coal. The loss of the ship was valued at $250,000 and the remaining cargo was valued at $12,500. Jones was found to be at fault for the incident. Examiners found that he did not employ proper navigation; and that he did not used his sounding lead. A sounding lead is a device that ships used to determine the depth of the water. Because of his willingness to cooperate during the investigation and his excellent work record, his master certificate wasn't revoked. The wreck of the Copenhagen was visible above the water for more than 40 years. The site was used for target practice by navy fighters stationed nearby. In June 1994, the site was named as Florida's fifth underwater archaeological preserve. A plaque commemorating this distinction is next to a large limestone boulder just to the south of the wreck. Even though the site is ideal for the novice diver, many experienced divers have had a wonderful time exploring the Copenhagen. " Source: http://dixiediver.com/shipwreck.htm#COPENHAGEN About 1/2 mile due east of the large blue water tower on Pompano.
Thunderbolt Wreck

#104 - Thunderbolt Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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The Thunderbolt ia a 190-foot wreck. It was intentionally sunk in 1986. The wreck is sitting upright in 115 feet of water. This is a nice wreck, totally intact with full of marine life. 5 miles SE offshore of Marathon. S of Coffins Reef. Note that the buoy is 15 ft underwater... Thunderbolt Wreck is also known as USS Randolph.
Guy Harvey

#105 - Guy Harvey

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Ex-Haitian freighter "Lady Kimberly" 185-foot long.Renamed in honor of jamaican marine life artist Guy Harvey.Sunk in 1997as an artificial reef. Out of Pompano Beach Guy Harvey is also known as MV Lady Kimberly.
Capt Dan Wreck

#106 - Capt Dan Wreck

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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This ship was a Coast Guard buoy tender Hollyhock. It was sunk as an artificial reef February, 20 1990 in memory of Captain Dan Garnsey. She now lies upright in 110 feet. The wheelhouse is 70 feet and her deck is at 90 feet. She is intact with large access holes providing certified wreck divers easy opportunity for penetration. South of the Jay Dorman Artificial Reef. 1.5 mile from shore, just outside the third reef line. Capt Dan Wreck is also known as Hollyhock, Capt Dan Garnsey.
United Caribbean

#107 - United Caribbean

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Nice small wreck dive. Large school of Jew Fish and the same Eel from the Sea Emperor came to visit. Ship rests East/West and is in the same neighborhood as the Sea Emperor and Noula Express. Would be fun to do a little navigation adventure if the current is weak enough.
USS Massachusetts

#108 - USS Massachusetts

USA, Florida, Pensacola

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One of the best small boat dives in the Pensacola area. The wreck is mainly intact, but some sections are covered by sand. USS Massachusetts (BB-2), an Indiana-class battleship, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state. She was launched on 10 June 1893. Scuttled off Pensacola Bay, Florida, on 6 January 1921, the hulk was bombarded by batteries from Fort Pickens for four years! On 15 November 1956, the ship was declared the property of the state of Florida. In 1993, the site was dedicated as an underwater archaeological preserve by the state of Florida, designed to become an artificial reef. Characteristics: Displacement: 10,288 t Length: 350.9 ft Beam: 69.3 ft Draft: 24 ft Speed: 16.21 knots Complement: 586 officers and men Armament: 4 x 13-inch guns, 8 x 8-inch guns, 4 x 6-inch guns, 2 x 3-inch guns, 20 x 6-pounders, 6 x 1-pounders, 6 x 18-inch torpedo tubes See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Massachusetts_%28BB-2%29 for more information about the history of this wreck. Approximately 1,5 mile south south-west of Pensacola Pass. The wreck is marked with mooring buoys. USS Massachusetts is also known as BB-2.
Deerfield Beach North Rocks

#109 - Deerfield Beach North Rocks

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Fun Beach Dive. Parking is a pain so plan on a drop off and a good walk. Deerfield Beach North Rocks is also known as Boca Beach Dive.
Sea Emperor

#110 - Sea Emperor

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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171-foot wreck Approx one mile SE of the Boca Raton Inlet
Hydro Atlantic

#111 - Hydro Atlantic

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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One of the best dive of the coast, for experienced divers only! Deerfield Beach
Shangri-La Springs

#112 - Shangri-La Springs

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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Entrance is at about 5m (18 ft). and can be penetrated for 90m (300 ft) inside. Near the west bank of Merritts Mill Pond, 5 miles east of Marianna. Entry is 2,100 ft downstream from Jackson Blue Spring.
Samantha's

#113 - Samantha's

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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Samantha's is most famous for the nurse shark giving this site its name. The 15- to 25-foot depth has plenty of ledges and remote coral patches offering great opportunities for photographers and casual divers alike. You can usually count on seeing a nurse shark or two here. Boat from Marathon Dive shops
Ballantine Reef

#114 - Ballantine Reef

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Ballantine Reef is also known as Breakers Shallow.
Worth Avenue Pier Debris

#115 - Worth Avenue Pier Debris

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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This is a great dive. There is lobster and lots of fish in the rocks. Directly in line with the Worth Avenue street sign.
Pillars

#116 - Pillars

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Pillars reef site at 35' is a good place for training dives. An old pipeline is partially buried and a large structure with 2 large steel I-beams is sitting next to it. Some other unidentifiable objects remind me of the Bimini Road. If you're a spear fisherman, this is a good place for hogfish.
Blue Heron Bridge

#117 - Blue Heron Bridge

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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You must bring a flag and they don't allow scuba in the swim area in front of the lifeguard stand. If you go off the beach and to the east you can dive the little bridge, or you can dive to the west of the beach around the pylons under the larger portion. You can also go east an west around the anchored boats and find a couple little ones that have sunk. You are going to want to get in about an hour before high tide to get the most out of the slack tide. As you go east on Blue Heron Blvd., you will go over the bridge and Phil Foster Park will be on your left. As you turn in stay to the left and you will park near the bridge. You will set up in the parking lot and go off the beach. Night diving is only permitted by boat, you cannot cross the beach after dark. Blue Heron Bridge is also known as Phil Foster Park.
Playpen

#118 - Playpen

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Playpen is also known as Playground, Tri-County Artificial Reef.
LBTS Biorock reef

#119 - LBTS Biorock reef

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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The LBTS Biorock project is a one of a kind reel restoration project in the USA. It utilizes a low voltage electric current supplied by solar panels to accelerate reef growth. This site is very easy to locate just under the buoys that support the solar panels. Please remember, this is a fragile reef and touching coral or sponges could stress or even kill them. This is a great site for photography too! Easy beach access. If you go by boat, be careful not to anchor on top of the reef. There is plenty of open sandy bottom just East of the Biorock to anchor.
Mercedes I

#120 - Mercedes I

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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She was originally built in 1951 and called the Jacob Rusch. This 198-foot freighter was sunk as an artificial reef site off Fort Lauderdale on March 30, 1985. The Mercedes is the most famous wrecks off the east coast of Florida. Located just offshore of Fort Lauderdale. Mercedes I is also known as Jacob Rusch.
Ponce De Leon Springs

#121 - Ponce De Leon Springs

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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WARNING!! Water is rather chilly. Wet suit recommended! ;D But rather nice, anyway. Its easy! Just pay park admission, park, and walk up the path to the springs, surrounded by concrete. Ponce De Leon Springs is also known as De Leon springs.
Andro

#122 - Andro

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Andro was a 165 foot luxury yacht built in Germany in 1910. It was constructed mostly of wood, with the classic high bow and rounded-off tail of cruising yachts. During World War II, the electric motors were converted to diesel, machine guns were added, and the Andro became a patrol boat used to chase submarines. After the war, the Andro served as a freighter up and down the U.S. Atlantic coast. Eventually the Andro was seized by U.S. Customs for transporting illegal drugs. The Department of Environmental Resource Management purchased the Andro to be added to the Haulover Artificial Reef Site. The Miami Bomb squad orchestrated the explosion which sunk the Andro on December 17th, 1985. The Andro is one of the most popular wrecks in the Haulover site. The ship settled upright in the sand at a depth of 103 feet. With a 38 foot profile there is plenty to explore at a range of depths. The ship has twin propellers, two smokestacks and a large wheelhouse still intact. Hurricane Andrew broke the ship into three sections and exposed the engine block. This has actually made the wreck more varied and interesting to explore. Numerous fish inhabit the Andro. This is a great wreck for underwater photographers. The Andro is a popular fishing site also and can be crowded at times. This, along with the jumbled structure of the wreck, make the Andro a dive spot best suited for advanced divers.
Ophelia Brian

#123 - Ophelia Brian

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Ophelia Brian, previously named the Sea Taxi was sunk in December 2009 by the Miami Dade Reef Guard Association with a grant from the Brian and Lavinia Snyder Foundation. The 210 foot freighter, built in 1965 by J.J. Sietas in Hamburg, Germany christened Hoheburg and lastly called Sea Taxi, became the Ophelia Brian when she sunk at a pre-permitted site off Key Biscayne on December 30, 2009. The vessel is a sister ship to two very popular, previously sunk Miami-Dade artificial reefs -- the Ultra Freeze and the Deep Freeze. It's been renamed several times in the past 40 years, most recently called the Sea Taxi as you can see painted on the side of the vessel in the photo taken just before the sinking. Its a really good dive and now has the added interest that a piece of the fuselage from The Spirit of Miami wreck of the Boeing 727 has rolled up alongside at the stern on the starboard side. Ophelia Brian is also known as Sea Taxi.
Sombrero Reef

#124 - Sombrero Reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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Sombrero Reef has been designated a Sanctuary Preservation Area; fishing and lobstering are strictly prohibited. 8 miles SW of Key Colony Beach. The best part of the reef is on the S side of Lighthouse.
Cypress Spring

#125 - Cypress Spring

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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3.5 miles northeast of Vernon; Washington County, FL
East Jetty

#126 - East Jetty

USA, Florida, Destin

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Destin, Florida, East Pass' east jetty is pretty much the only beach dive in the Destin area other than the Destin Marler bridge. Visibility can occasionally get above 30 feet but the average is more like 10 - 20 feet. This dive MUST be done during a slack tide period. This cannot be stressed enough! Check tides for Destin East Pass prior to attempting dive and plan your dive accordingly. A slack high tide will offer the best visibility as compared to a slack low tide after the bay has flushed through. Tidal flow through the pass can easily exceed 4 knots. Access to the East Jetty can be by boat or by short walk to the beach by way of Holiday Isle.
Eagle's Nest

#127 - Eagle's Nest

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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This is an advanced dive. Do not take this lightly. Do not screw it up for the rest of us. Getting to the nest was often as hard as the dive. It was best to go with someone who had been there several times before since the hunting roads can become an incredible maze. This is an extremely advanced dive due to the distance from help and the depths found here. If you have never seen the Little River well pipe, done the Peacock Grand Traverse, and hit the Hinkle restriction, all on on a swim dive, then you probably should not be diving here. There is no open water, cavern, intro, nor apprentice to cave level of diving conducted here unless under the control of an instructor. With a team of 3-4 divers using HIDs and scooters, one can really just start to get an idea of the size of this place. Access is gained through the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. The access is about 10 miles north of the Hwy 50/Hwy 19 intersection. There are some good directions with pictures at this site: http://www.ezscuba.com/eagle's_nest.htm When you dive there, please make sure to leave a copy of either your annual pass or the stub you got after paying at the ranger on the vehicle dashboard so that law enforcement may check it while you are in the water. Please also leave a copy of your cave certification card as well as you would at Peacock and be sure to sign the log book. If you want to see the waypoints, you can see the track here. Although the words overlap, the first point after the entrance is the first Y-split, soon followed by the second Y-split and then the crossroads. Eagle's Nest is a large cave system on Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area property about the woods near Weeki Wachee. Access is now available for the general public. The good news is that a good road has been provided all the way to the sink and a wooden deck and staircase have been installed for easy access. The bad news is that the sink is now 12 miles from the current access even though it is less than a mile from the closest paved road. If you use a Garmin GPA with Mapsource, then you can import this Mapsource track, or click here to see how the track appears. The state has put in a lot of time and effort to improve the road and build a dock and ramp system to enable divers to have easy access. This is a great deal. The price to dive here is $3 a day or you may purchase an annual Wildlife Management Area pass for $26.50 at local hunting supply stores or even Wal-Mart. Eagle's Nest is also known as Lost Sink.
Devils Den

#128 - Devils Den

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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"Visit one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den -- an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil's Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C. The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den. You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder." Source: http://www.devilsden.com Entrance fee is approx $27. Water temp is 72°F all year round. Norteast from Williston, on the road (Alt 27) to Bronson. Address: 5390 NE 180th Avenue, Williston, Florida 32696 Devils Den is also known as Devil's Den, Floridas Pre historic Spring.
Poe Springs

#129 - Poe Springs

Florida, USA East

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Mainly for snorkelers. Just up the road from Ginnie Springs.
Concepcion

#130 - Concepcion

USA, Florida, Miami

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While anchored off Miami Beach in February of 1991, this Honduran freighter was pummeled by heavy winds and rough seas until it broke anchor and ran aground just offshore of South Beach. After months of court battles, and rigorous cleaning to the tune of over $300,000, the ship was seized by the U.S. government and offered for sale. Eventually the Dade County Artificial Reef Program purchased the ship and Concepcion was sunk in June 1991 near the center of the Sunny Isles Artificial Reef Site north of Haulover Inlet. The 165-foot ship sits in 68-feet of water. The cargo area has collapsed and Hurricane Andrew broke off the stern which now lies approximately 40 feet north of the main hull. The wreck attracts numerous fish, especially in the mornings and late afternoons. Profile ranges form 5-10 feet. The Concepcion is only about 100 feet northeast of C-One, making the two wrecks a great two-tank dive trip.
DeLeon Sprongs

#131 - DeLeon Sprongs

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Only used for scuba instruction... Damned! See and not much to see at all. http://www.floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings for entrance fees. W of the town DeLeon Springs, 9 miles N of DeLand on US 17.
Apopka Spring

#132 - Apopka Spring

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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The spring pool is roughly circular, between 100 and 200 ft in diameter in a semitropical swamp. When spring flow is high, the pool is clean and clear, but when flow is low, murky lake water may cloud the pool. Advanced level cave diving (bring your light!). In the SW section of lake Apopka (Gourd Neck arm). The spring is 3 miles NW of Oakland. Drive 3.7 mile W on S-438, turn right onto a sand road through an old orange grove and continue for 0.5 miles; the spring is 500 feet N of the end of the road. Apopka Spring is also known as Gordneck Sink, Gourd Neck.
Noula Express

#133 - Noula Express

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Stern is almost over the third reef at deep maximum of 65 feet (19 Meters ) and I am guessing that this wreck is went down about four years ago. Some penetration to wreck is possible with proper training, some fishes on wreck like smalls Hog fish, jakes, barracudas and tropical fish but nothing spectacular. I just dove this wreck for the first time on October of 2002 after find out from looking the scanning done by Broward county, before that I never heard about this wreck. I Named Mystery Barge because I could not find any information about it. It looks like a working barge that we see inside of inter costals I estimate the size is 100 feet by 40 feet. Good dive to perform a combination of wreck and drift dive. If anybody has any information about this wreck please let me know i will be glade to post in this site. Almost a mile offshore inside the third reef line about 300 yards south-east of Ancient Mariner Wreck.
Army Tanks

#134 - Army Tanks

USA, Florida, Miami

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There are two M60 Army Tanks placed in 15m deep by the DERM in June of 1994. It is an interesting dive, cos tanks are now an oasis of life... Off Miami Beach
Crocker Reef

#135 - Crocker Reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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4.5 miles from Snake Creek. 5.5 miles SE of Windley Key.
Sheri-Lynn

#136 - Sheri-Lynn

USA, Florida, Miami

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In 90 feet of water lays Sheri-Lynn, a 235-foot freighter. It took 400 pounds of high-explosives to bring this ship down. Dutch-built, she carried a small crew as she was launched in 1952 and used for shipping. When she had been docked for several years without use, it was assumed that this ship was abandoned and ownership was gained by the Department of Environmental Resource Management. The vessel took a hard hit from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and was spread across a wide area. Her bow lies 60 feet away from the rest of the wreck. This allowed for increased marine life to inhabit the remains. Although prior to this she was intact and upright, she now has a larger variety of sea life. She has many foot holes cut through bulkheads that allow for exploration. South of the bow lies 50 Chevron tanks, each 30 feet long and 8 feet in diameter with the ends cut off. Twenty cement-mixer tanks also lie near by. The variety of wreckage provides home to large amounts of pelagic life.
Harvey's Cave

#137 - Harvey's Cave

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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Wakulla County, FL
Little River

#138 - Little River

USA, Florida, Northwest Florida Springs

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The cave travels to about 80 ft deep at appx 60 degrees down then almost straight down to a u-turn to the Florida room at about 120 ft deep. It is one of the largest underwater rooms. From there, it goes back to the terminal room where many false exits exist from there is goes to depth of over 190 ft in places. The terminal room has many ascending dead end routes and is where many got lost and died. It has been early 40 years since I was an avid cave diver and spent hours exploring most of the tunnels in the cave network. It was one of my favorite caves I ever had the opportunity to explore. It has been penetrated for thousands of feet back to no ends that I am aware of. I would increase the depth claim but also express the dangers of this cave. Full cave certification is required for this network. North on 129 out of Branford, Florida. Turn left on CR 248. Follow 248 till it ends, veer left into county park. Spring is the big hole at the bottom of the spring run. Not to be undertaken without at least a Full-Cave certification or equivalent. Little River is also known as Little River.
Almirante

#139 - Almirante

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Almirante wreck is a 200' steel freighter. It was sunk in 1974. Off of Elliot Key.
Mike's Wreck

#140 - Mike's Wreck

Key Largo, FL

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If you plan to dive Key Largo, you'll find Mikes Wreck, or the now confirmed Hannah M. Bell, lying on Elbow Reef. Wreck. Once a mystery ship, this vessel rests near two other popular Florida Keys shipwrecks, the City of Washington and the Tonawanda The combination of Elbow Reef, along with three interesting wreck dives is why this is one of the best Florida Keys dive trips. With so many other wrecks nearby, crystal clear water, and an amazing coral reef to explore, this is scuba diving Florida Keys at it's best. When wreck diving the now confirmed Hannah M. Bell, you'll find her lying between buoy E2 and buoy E3. This position is only a few hundred feet from the Elbow Reef lighthouse which means night diving is possible. The Hannah M. Bell is also shallow at a maximum depth of 25 feet. This makes this Florida Keys wreck perfect for those interested in Florida Keys snorkeling or for those who want to learn to scuba dive.
South Canyon

#141 - South Canyon

USA, Florida, Miami

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South Canyon reef site crawling with marine life!
Belzona Barge

#142 - Belzona Barge

USA, Florida, Miami

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Chances are if you received your certification in Miami, you dived The Belzona Barge on your third dive. This 115 foot steel barge was originally sunk in 72FT of water, just north of the South Seas, in August of 1991. However, in August of 1992, Hurricane Andrew moved her to only about 40 feet of water. Like most of the barges, it inverted when it was blown up by the Miami Bomb Squad, and rests upside down on the bottom. The wreck is extremely dark inside and it is not a good idea to try to penetrate it, but there is a great deal of surface area to explore. The top of the wreck, which is really the bottom of the hull, is fully covered with soft corals and the flowing gorgonians constantly waving in the current, make the wreck look more like a coral reef than a rusty old vessel. Located within fairly easy swimming distance of the Belzona Barge (80 feet to the south) is the Belzona Two, a 90 foot steel tug boat sunk in February of 1991 which sits in about 60 feet of water.
Joe's tug

#143 - Joe's tug

USA, Florida, Keys, Lower Keys

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Joe's tug is a small steel tugboat (28m long) that sits upright. You can enter into the wreck easily and access to the wheel house and aft deck. SSE of Key West
Rock key

#144 - Rock key

USA, Florida, Keys, Lower Keys

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Popular dive spot. Most reef formations are with long fingers of coral, sand and coral-filled canyons in between. SW of Key West
The Trench

#145 - The Trench

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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The Trench is located 4 miles S of the Palm Beach Inlet. The Trench is also known as Moray Alley, Outfall Trench.
Mizpah

#146 - Mizpah

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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The 185 foot Greek liner Mizpah was sunk as an artificial reef in 1968. She lies upright in 27 meters deep. Close to the Mizpah, there is a small patrol craft named PC 1170, with a lot of maray eels. The Mizpah wreck is 1 mile NE off Palm Beach Inlet. Mizpah is also known as PC 1170.
Amarillys

#147 - Amarillys

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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The Amarilys is a 441 foot shipwreck, sunk here as an artificial reef in 1968. The Amarilys wreck is located 1 mile NE of the Palm Beach Inlet (close to the Mizpah wreck).
Princess Anne

#148 - Princess Anne

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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The Princess Anne wreck was a 350 foot ferry that was sunk in 1993. It was used to shuttle people and automobiles across the Chesapeake Bay. Approximately 1.5 miles NE of Palm Beach Inlet.
Black Rock

#149 - Black Rock

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Approx 2 miles NE of Palm Beach Inlet.
King Neptune

#150 - King Neptune

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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The 7 foot statue of King Neptune is now gone... don't look for her ;-) King Neptune is part of Breaker's reef.
Blue Springs

#151 - Blue Springs

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Blue spring is well known for its manatees (they usually come up from St John's river during winter season). Remember that Manatees are protected animals (you should not be less than 50 feet from them). To enter the spring, go N past the concession area, you will find steps. The cave is located at the run's N end (cave entrence at 3m deep). See Blue Springs State park fees at http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/ From Deland, travel S on US17/92 for 6 miles to Orance City. Blue Springs State Park is located 3 miles west on French Avenue. After the railroad overpass, turn left and go to the spring. Blue Springs is also known as Blue Springs State Park, Blue Springs Organge City.
South Doubles

#152 - South Doubles

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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two reefs, ledges running north and south South Doubles reef is located 3 nautical miles SSE of the Palm Beach Inlet. South Doubles is also known as South Double Ledges.
Rolls Royce

#153 - Rolls Royce

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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This 1985 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce lays in 27 meters of fater. She was donated by two individuals to inaugurate the Country's Artificial Reef Program. The Rolls Royce is located 1 mile E of the Palm Beach Inlet.
Flower Gardens

#154 - Flower Gardens

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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The Flower Gardens are located 4,5 nautical miles S of the Palm Beach Inlet.
Tenneco Towers

#155 - Tenneco Towers

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Tenneco Towers, were placed at their current location in October, 1985. This is one of the most popular dives on the southeast coast. The oil rigs were originally used in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. Tenneco Oil Co. transported the one time oil platform by barge around the Florida Keys and placed them at their present site. The area consists of 3 sites: - West Tenneco at 105' depth (Adavnced level), - East Tenneco at 115' depth (Adavnced level) - The Deep Tenneco's at a depth of 185' and 205' (Rescue/Trimix level). Depending on tides, this site can have stong currents. N of Miami, S of Ft Lauderdale (Northernmost dive site for dive operators located in Miami). Tenneco Towers is also known as Tenneco Oil Platforms.
DEMA Trader

#156 - DEMA Trader

USA, Florida, Miami

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The DEMA Trader is a 165-foot freighter. It was deployed October 28th, 2003. Approximately 3.5 miles west of Key Biscane DEMA Trader is also known as GGD Trader.
Crystal River - Three Sisters Springs

#157 - Crystal River - Three Sisters Springs

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Crystal River. East side of King's Bay.
Train Wheel Wreck

#158 - Train Wheel Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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Another area of wreckage at the Elbow. A tug and barge went aground in the 20s, dumping train track and wheels onto the reef. Little remains of the wrecks but the wheels. Huge formations of Elkhorn coral shelter schools of Goatfish, Snappers, and Porkfish. Colorful tropical fish are plentiful. This site is accessed by one of the many dive charters in Key Largo Florida Train Wheel Wreck is also known as Elbow Reef, Tug and Barge.
Ancient Mariner

#159 - Ancient Mariner

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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This is a beautiful wreck dive off the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale coast of Florida. It's worth diving because it is a recreational dive and contains plenty of coral and fish. Ancient Mariner is oned for your diving log. Sunk in 1991 as an artificial reef. In front of Hillsboro Beach. Ancient Mariner is also known as Nemesis.
Lugano

#160 - Lugano

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Lugano was a 350-foot single screw, iron-hulled British steamer with a 40-foot beam. Built in 1882 by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company, she originally sailed under the name Navarro. In 1897, the Navarro underwent a major overhaul and was renamed Lugano. On the afternoon of March 9, 1913, the Lugano ran hard aground on Long Reef while on a routine voyage from Liverpool to Havana. She was ferrying 116 passengers, most of whom were emigrating from Spain to Cuba, and her cargos where filled with wine, silks, and assorted goods. As high winds and heavy seas pounded the grounded ship, a tug was dispatched to the site and all passengers were safely transported from the ship. Wreckers managed to recover most of the cargo over the next several weeks. However, the Lugano herself could not be saved. The damage to the hull caused by the reef, and the heavy seas eventually flooded her holds. She was abandoned early in April, nearly one month after sealing her fate on Long Reef. Today, the superstructure is essentially gone, but large portions of her skeletal hull and ribs remain. The remains are encrusted in beautiful and colorful corals and sponges. The site provides a habitat for large numbers of tropicals, small grouper, and schools of yellowtail. Spotted eels, morays, and lobster can be found under the collapsed hull plates. There are three mooring buoys nearby. Boaters are advised to use caution as the shallow waters near the reef often create strong surge conditions. The Lugano is one of five historic wrecks designated as part of the Biscayne National Park "Shipwreck Trail". The shallow waters and surrounding coral reef make this a fantastic snorkeling location.
Bill Boyd

#161 - Bill Boyd

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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The Bill Boyd is a deep dive only for Technical divers. The coral and fish of the wreck are great. Depth limits the bottom time, but it's worth diving this deep. She is a 211 foot German freighter (built in Hamburg in 1964) that was sunk as an artificial reef on July 18, 1986. Today she sits upright in 265 feet of water. The Bill Boyd is accessible only by dive boat. Bill Boyd is also known as Heino, Maude Wonsild, Mauds Isa, Hem Berto, Marilyn, Nata.
Marriott Reef

#162 - Marriott Reef

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Marriott Reef is also known as DC-3 Wreck.
Hog Heaven

#163 - Hog Heaven

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Hog Heaven is a 180-foot barge that flipped upside down while being deployed as an artificial reef. It was sunk in 1996. Nearby: - 30 feet north are the remains of the Pacific Reef Lighthouse, and a small sail boat - 200 feet NNe rests the 120-foot barge Wayne in 70 feet of water Approximately one mile offshore
Jim Atria Wreck

#164 - Jim Atria Wreck

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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This 240-foot Dutch freighter was built in 1961. 4.5 miles north of the Port Everglades Cut. Jim Atria Wreck is also known as Poinciana.
Hall Of Fame Moorings

#165 - Hall Of Fame Moorings

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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Many ledge and undercuts with great sealife. 6 miles north of Port Everglades Cut; out from and slightly north of the Anglin Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The dive area is marked by 9 buoys.
Sombrero Beach

#166 - Sombrero Beach

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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Beach dive site used for training
The Bibb Wreck

#167 - The Bibb Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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The USGC Bibb was built in 1937 (Coast Guard vessel), and was sunk in 1987. She is 327 feet long, 41 foot beam. Approximately 6 nm offshore, near Molasses Reef tower. Key Largo. The Bibb Wreck is also known as USCG The Bibb.
Proteus Wreck

#168 - Proteus Wreck

USA, Florida, Miami

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The Proteus is a 220' freighter sunk in the Key Biscayne Artificial Reef Site on January 24, 1985. This site is one of the shallower wrecks dives in South Florida, resting in only 72' of water with at least 30' of relief (top deck is at 50'). This artificial reef site makes an excellent opportunity for the novice wreck diver and serves as a great introduction to Miami's exceptional collection of artificial reefs. She was once a ferry boat on the Great Lakes before carrying freight and supplies between the Caribbean islands. Most of her superstructure was removed to allow maximum cargo space, but the ship failed to make a profit resulting in bankruptcy in 1980. The freighter sat on the Miami River for 5 years as a derelict vessel behind Bud's Auto Parts on 34th Avenue. During its tenure as Bud's garbage barge, thousands of license plates were thrown into the ship from the auto shop. Although most of the plates have been salvaged by sport divers as souvenirs, if you look close you may still be able to find one laying in the hold to this day. NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) expressed their interest in helping to obtain and sink a ship in late 1984 and discovered the Proteus through Ben Mostkoff, then Director of the Miami-Dade County's Artificial Reef Program. Volunteers cleaned and prepared the ship to made it environmentally safe before sinking. Resting on a sandy bottom, not far from the popular Biscayne wreck, the Proteus was broken into several large pieces by the forces of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Since the structure spread out over a wider area, more marine life seems to have taken up residence in the various twisted metal remains of the wreck. Moray eels, schooling grunts, barracudas, angelfish and the occasional groups can be found within the wreck and around debris field.
Tracy

#169 - Tracy

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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132-foot oil rig supply boat sunk in 1999 as an artificial reef. Tracy is also known as Ken Vitale.
Santa Lucia

#170 - Santa Lucia

USA, Florida, Naples

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The Santa Lucia was a 47 foot turtle boat; she was sunk in 1997 to become part of and artificial reef site. Approx. 4 miles west of Gordon Pass
Biscayne wreck

#171 - Biscayne wreck

USA, Florida, Miami

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4.5 miles east of Key Biscayne Biscayne wreck is also known as Banana Freighter.
King's Park Lake

#172 - King's Park Lake

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Lake. We saw blue gills and a painted turtle. Merritt Park. Walk in access on Merritt Island King's Park Lake is also known as Kings Park Lake.
MG-111 barge

#173 - MG-111 barge

USA, Florida, Palm Beach

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Barge Steel 195' feet MG-111 barge is also known as MG-111.
Hens & Chicken Reef

#174 - Hens & Chicken Reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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Hens & Chicken Reef is also known as Hens'n Chicken.
Devil's Hole

#175 - Devil's Hole

USA, Florida, Central Florida Springs - Ocala

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Devil's hole is a very impressive place. The sink is about 18 meters in diameter with the water level about 15 meters from the top of the sink. It can be very difficult to enter into the water (steep sides). You should plan on bringing vertical gear to get in and out of the sink (there is an old ladder but not really safe!). This is different than Willistons "Devils Den", this is not a maintained area so dont expect facilities or help if you cant get out. Scope it out and make sure you know what you are doing before you get into trouble. The water is often unclear until you get down a bit, there are a number of cars, etc to see and some cave entrances. Be smart on this dive. IMPORTANT: This proberty is privately owned and trespassing is a federal offense. The land is currently being developed and the owners have posted no tresspass signs and the property is guarded. Local authorities have been notified. Edit 5/16/07: Ditches have been dug to bar all entrance. Multiple no trespass signs have been posted, and a fence has been built around the sink. Take S-20 from Gainesville towards Hawthorne. Look for route CR-21 (do not turn yet). Turn left onto Lake Galilee Dr, about 1.8 miles from the CR-21 intersection. Go about 150 yards and take one of the two sand roads to the left, and go to the sink. Devil's Hole is also known as Devil's Sink, Devils Den.
Horseshoe reef

#176 - Horseshoe reef

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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This reef gets its name from its curved shape. There's a bunch of large coral heads that grew in a semi circle shape. This formation is on the northeast corner of the reef. There's a large area of sand in the middle that's the perfect place to observe creatures of the reef on a night dive. It's not uncommon to see octopus scurrying about during these night dive. This reef has several sandy ledges running east to west. This is a likely place to catch a sea turtle sleeping during the day. Nurse sharks like to hang out here too. Just in case you don't know, Turtles are a protected species. It's illegal to disturb them in any way. So don't try to touch them. This is a great dive site to bring along an underwater camera. That way you can take pictures of the turtles and sharks that are posing under the ledges of this Florida Keys reef just waiting on you to drop in.
The Bib Wreck

#177 - The Bib Wreck

USA, Florida, Keys, Upper Keys

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Commercial Pier Reef

#178 - Commercial Pier Reef

USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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From the beach, get about 100 yards from the right side of the pier and go straight out for about another 100 yds. Commercial Pier Reef is also known as Anglins Pier Reef.
The Elbow

#179 - The Elbow

USA, Florida, Keys, Middle Keys

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