Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in South Carolina

Ready to check out the best sites in South Carolina for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 48 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 South Carolina to suit your needs.
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Lake Jacossee

#1 - Lake Jacossee

South Carolina, USA East

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In Salem
Cooper River

#2 - Cooper River

South Carolina, USA East

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See www.cla.sc.edu/sciaa/staff/amerc/CooperRiverTrail.htm -- Especially for fossil collectors. 80ft deep, 10ft viz, 40-80DegF<br><br>Comments from Ron Glock: If you have dived in the Cooper River, you need to dive the Clay Banks, as well, for 'whole' diving expedition. If you have a tooth from a prehistoric shark, PLEASE do not sell it as many have done. There are MANY Wooly mammoth molars there, as well as partial tusk(s). In Charleston
Lake Murray

#3 - Lake Murray

South Carolina, USA East

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In Columbia
Charleston Tug

#4 - Charleston Tug

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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A largely intact tugboat 10 miles off the cost of myrtle beach. Plenty of barracuda and bait fish.
North Inlet Reef - Concrete Reef Balls

#5 - North Inlet Reef - Concrete Reef Balls

USA, South Carolina, Georgetown

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North Inlet Reef - Concrete Reef Balls is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, South Carolina, Georgetown which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Little River Reef

#6 - Little River Reef

USA, South Carolina, Little River and Myrtle Beach

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2.7 nm from south jetty at Little River Inlet. 1 buoy marks the reef.
North Inlet Reef

#7 - North Inlet Reef

USA, South Carolina, Georgetown

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9.6 nm from Winyah Bay, 1 buoy marks reef.
North Inlet Reef  - Steel Pup Tents

#8 - North Inlet Reef - Steel Pup Tents

USA, South Carolina, Georgetown

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North Inlet Reef - Steel Pup Tents is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, South Carolina, Georgetown which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Paradise Reef

#9 - Paradise Reef

USA, South Carolina, Little River and Myrtle Beach

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3.2 nm from south jetty at Murrells Inlet and 2 buoys mark reef.
Kiawah Reef - Automobiles

#10 - Kiawah Reef - Automobiles

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark reef, bearing 115�/6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef - 200' Deck Barge

#11 - Kiawah Reef - 200' Deck Barge

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Paradise Reef - Concrete Reef Balls

#12 - Paradise Reef - Concrete Reef Balls

USA, South Carolina, Little River and Myrtle Beach

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3.2 nm from south jetty at Murrells Inlet.
Springmaid Pier Reef

#13 - Springmaid Pier Reef

USA, South Carolina, Little River and Myrtle Beach

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Springmaid Pier Reef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, South Carolina, Little River and Myrtle Beach which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Charleston Nearshore Reef

#14 - Charleston Nearshore Reef

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Charleston Nearshore Reef - Barge 1

#15 - Charleston Nearshore Reef - Barge 1

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Charleston Nearshore Reef - Barge 2

#16 - Charleston Nearshore Reef - Barge 2

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Charleston Nearshore Reef - Barge 3

#17 - Charleston Nearshore Reef - Barge 3

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Charleston Nearshore Reef - 105' Barge

#18 - Charleston Nearshore Reef - 105' Barge

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Kiawah Reef - 100' Deck Barge

#19 - Kiawah Reef - 100' Deck Barge

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Charleston Nearshore Reef - Missile Motor Cradles

#20 - Charleston Nearshore Reef - Missile Motor Cradles

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Kiawah Reef - North Buoy

#21 - Kiawah Reef - North Buoy

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Charleston Nearshore Reef - Ballast Cans

#22 - Charleston Nearshore Reef - Ballast Cans

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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1 buoy marks the reef 2.5 nm from Charleston Harbor north jetty.
Kiawah Reef - Dry Dock

#23 - Kiawah Reef - Dry Dock

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef - 100' Pusher Tug

#24 - Kiawah Reef - 100' Pusher Tug

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef - 90' Tug (Coppedge)

#25 - Kiawah Reef - 90' Tug (Coppedge)

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef - 110' and120' barges

#26 - Kiawah Reef - 110' and120' barges

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef - South Buoy

#27 - Kiawah Reef - South Buoy

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef - 260' Deck Barge

#28 - Kiawah Reef - 260' Deck Barge

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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Kiawah Reef - 260' Deck Barge is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, South Carolina, Charleston which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Kiawah Reef - 62' Lash Barge

#29 - Kiawah Reef - 62' Lash Barge

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Kiawah Reef  - 437' Ship (Robison)

#30 - Kiawah Reef - 437' Ship (Robison)

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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2 buoys mark the reef 6.5 nm from N. Edisto Inlet buoy "2NE."
Edisto Forty Reef - Army APCs 2

#31 - Edisto Forty Reef - Army APCs 2

USA, South Carolina, Edisto

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1 buoy marks the reef 6.5 nm from North Edisto channel buoy "2NE."
Fripp Island Reef - Barge 1

#32 - Fripp Island Reef - Barge 1

USA, South Carolina, Beaufort

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1 buoy marks the reef 5.8 nm from Fripp Inlet.
Edisto Forty Reef

#33 - Edisto Forty Reef

USA, South Carolina, Edisto

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1 buoy marks reef 6.5 nm from North Edisto channel buoy "2NE."
Edisto Forty Reef - Army APCs 1

#34 - Edisto Forty Reef - Army APCs 1

USA, South Carolina, Edisto

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1 buoy marks the reef 6.5 nm from North Edisto channel buoy "2NE."
Fripp Island Reef - Barge 2

#35 - Fripp Island Reef - Barge 2

USA, South Carolina, Beaufort

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1 buoy marks the reef 5.8 nm from Fripp Inlet.
Fripp Island Drydock Wreck

#36 - Fripp Island Drydock Wreck

USA, South Carolina, Beaufort

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Steel-hulled drydock section at 32°17.079' N / 80°24.967' W Marked by Coast Guard buoy 3.0 nm from Fripp Inlet.
Gaskins Bank Wreck

#37 - Gaskins Bank Wreck

USA, South Carolina, Beaufort

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Scattered accumulation of railroad rails lost by large barge. Use caution at low tide. Wreck is unmarked 5.7 nm from Port Royal Sound channel buoy "5."
Steel-hulled drydock section

#38 - Steel-hulled drydock section

USA, South Carolina, Beaufort

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Marked by Coast Guard buoy 3.0 nm from Fripp Inlet.
Lake Jocassee - The Wall

#39 - Lake Jocassee - The Wall

USA, South Carolina

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State designated dive area, walkin from boat ramp, 2 platforms, a skeleton family, a sunk ski boat, tree forest and airplane parts. the lake was flooded in 1973 and a lodge and several buildings still stand at the bottom as well as a cemetery. Devil's Fork State Park
Lake Jocassee Boat Ramp

#40 - Lake Jocassee Boat Ramp

USA, South Carolina

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Follow signs for access to the day-use, non-motorized boat ramp
Pumphouse

#41 - Pumphouse

USA, South Carolina

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The pump house is located across the lake from Lake keowee Marina in Seneca, South Carolina. Its the old town of Seneca water treatment plant before they flooded the river to create the lake. Pumphouse is also known as Keowee Pumphouse.
Lake Jocassee - The Wall 2

#42 - Lake Jocassee - The Wall 2

USA, South Carolina

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Lake Jocassee
Hot Hole

#43 - Hot Hole

USA, South Carolina

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The Hot Hole is a cove on Lake Keowee where hot water comes out of the nuclear power plant; temperature is somewhere between about 68°F and 80°F. Access is by boat with a cost of $40.00 per person for a 2 tank dive.
Coos River

#44 - Coos River

South Carolina, USA East

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Coos River, Charleston to Cape Argo there are two sites in the river 1 just outside boat basin reef marked by steel piling.. good fishing cabazon, ling, sole, etc.. 2 directly across the river from 1 submerged jetty good fishing both sites will occasionally give up a anchor of crab ring... 3 from Bassendorf Beach to Cape Argo good offshore reefs excellent marine life to see and plenty of fish. also have seen a 10" abalone taken there, rock scallops, sea lions. By foot in some areas, best by boat in calm water. Bad weather dive on sites 1 & 2.
130-183 Bridge

#45 - 130-183 Bridge

USA, South Carolina

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130-183 Bridge is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, South Carolina which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pawley's Island Reef

#46 - Pawley's Island Reef

USA, South Carolina, Georgetown

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48 ft Tugboat, spud barges and reef material. This site holds large numbers of flounder. Pawley's Island Reef is also known as Pawleys Island Reef, 200 Reef Balls, tugboat, and landing craft.
Cooper River - Moncks Corner

#47 - Cooper River - Moncks Corner

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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The Cooper River: His nickname is the "Black River" and offers divers the unique experience of searching the bottom of the river for giant megalodon fossilized shark teeth, whale fossils, mastodon fossils and many other fossils. There is also a great opportunity here for the treasure hunters searching for Indian artifacts, Colonial artifacts, antique bottles, Revolutionary & Civil War relics. Abundant wildlife you may see include american alligators, turtles, bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, jumping fish, dolphins, and otters. The river winds through fresh and salt water wetlands, immense historic rice fields that are now flooded, and banks with Live Oaks, Spanish moss, magnolias and much more. In addition you will see the man made ruins left behind from the booming 1700's and 1800's river trade and commerce. From the boat you also see modern day sites of interest such as grounds of Mepkin Abbey Monastery, and Durham Creek freshwater reservoir channel. River Condition: Visibility: This is not black water or "Braille" diving. It is like night diving, with good light you can see 1-12ft. Average is about 3 ft of visibility with a good light. Currents: None to ripping/raging Depth: average is 23-40 ft Bottom: Sand, clay, gravel, logs, holes, bank cut-outs, shipwrecks, marl Temperature: Varies with season, 45-90 ° F The Dive Spot: Good place to find a lots of little shark teeth.
Cooper River - Rice Mill

#48 - Cooper River - Rice Mill

USA, South Carolina, Charleston

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The Cooper River: His nickname is the "Black River" and offers divers the unique experience of searching the bottom of the river for giant megalodon fossilized shark teeth, whale fossils, mastodon fossils and many other fossils. There is also a great opportunity here for the treasure hunters searching for Indian artifacts, Colonial artifacts, antique bottles, Revolutionary & Civil War relics. Abundant wildlife you may see include american alligators, turtles, bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, jumping fish, dolphins, and otters. The river winds through fresh and salt water wetlands, immense historic rice fields that are now flooded, and banks with Live Oaks, Spanish moss, magnolias and much more. In addition you will see the man made ruins left behind from the booming 1700's and 1800's river trade and commerce. From the boat you also see modern day sites of interest such as grounds of Mepkin Abbey Monastery, and Durham Creek freshwater reservoir channel. River Condition: Visibility: This is not black water or "Braille" diving. It is like night diving, with good light you can see 1-12ft. Average is about 3 ft of visibility with a good light. Currents: None to ripping/raging Depth: average is 23-40 ft Bottom: Sand, clay, gravel, logs, holes, bank cut-outs, shipwrecks, marl Temperature: Varies with season, 45-90 ° F Divespot: It is a great spot to find small, medium and larger teeth.