Other South Florida Locations
Looe Key 35'
Here angelfish boldly swim right to a diver’s facemask, and more varieties of tropical marine species are found than perhaps anywhere else in the hemisphere. One unusual aspect of Looe Key is that a complete reef ecosystem is found here, from a rubble ridge of ancient fossilized corals, to a reef flat comprised of turtle grass, to a fore reef made up of large star and brain corals arranged in a spur-and-groove coral formation sloping from 20 to 40 feet. There is even a deep reef which slopes to more than 100 feet, providing a spectacular opportunity to view the pelagic species of the Florida Keys, including eagle rays, turtles and even the rare and wonderful whale shark or manta ray on occasion. Every year in the summer the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce celebrates the world famous Underwater Music Festival, which combines diving with Ocean themed music of many genres and artist’s renditions of whimsical underwater instruments. A must see unique diving experience!
Blue Heron Bridge
One of the premiere shore diving locations in all of South Florida is actually on the Intracoastal Waterway just inside of the Lake Worth Inlet, The Blue Heron Bridge diving is a macro photographer’s dream! There’s seahorses, pipefish, decorator crabs, batfish, and other rare and exotic species of sea life, all in a relatively small area and all at depths ranging from 6 to 16 feet.
Lemon Shark Drift Dive
The newly discovered Lemon Shark migration makes for a thrilling drift dive. Though elusive, they can be spotted throughout the winter. Dozens of big Reef, Bull, Nurse and Grey sharks, and the occasional Great Hammerhead, regularly patrol the 60′ to 90′ ledge. Massive Loggerhead Turtles and Goliath Groupers jostle for pole position, so get your cameras and GoPro’s ready for a remarkable day trip. Safety sausage required.
Goliath Grouper Aggreation Drift
Wreck drift dive with tons of Goliath groupers during the famous Goliath grouper aggregation in Palm Beach county. Explore the wrecks and sharks that swim by, along with amazing marine life such as sea turtles and large schools of fish. Great for any diver at any level!
The M/V Castor was sunk on December 14, 2001. It measures 258 feet long by 37 feet wide by 50 feet tall rising to within 60 feet of the surface. For safety reasons all hatches and doors have been removed making it of easy penetration. The main deck is at 90 feet and the maximum depth of 110 fee where it sits upright with the bow pointing south it is an excellent dive for shipwreck lovers.
Goliath Grouper Spawning
Goliath Grouper mating season is not to be missed. Come peek at this auspicious and rare event where 60 to 80 massive Goliath Groupers jostle amongst each other to find the perfect mate. Advanced certification necessary, Nitrox suggested. Bring your widest angle lenses!
The worlds second largest wreck is about to be sunk for Scuba Divers and marine life any day now. At over 520 feet and 13,000 tons, this will be among the largest ships ever intentionally sunk for this purpose. It will be the largest wreck in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This ship will become a world-class diving destination, but it will also offer many other benefits to the environment and to education and research. Meticulously cleaned and prepared, the vessel will become a habitat and breeding site for countless marine species. Due to its distance from Miami Beach we will be offering overnight trips twice a month all summer long. The USS Vandenberg trips do not receive the 10% on line booking discount at this time.
The Ocean Alley, renamed the Adolphus Busch I, was purchased from Port Au Prince, Haiti, by Looe Key Artificial Reef Associates and Adolphus Busch, the grandson of the founder of the Anheuser-Busch empire. Busch, who is an avid diver and fisherman, gave $200,000 towards the purchasing and sinking of the ship. Four years ago, he found that the choice dive spots in the lower Keys were getting too crowded, and that’s why he got involved with the Looe Key Artificial Reef Association program with a long term plan to help preserve the marine habitat. The 210-foot Motor cargo vessel was sunk on December 5, 1998. The ship sits upright in 108 feet of water off Looe Key.