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  • Jordan Hinsch

Best Scuba Dive Sites in Florida

Florida is the #1 state in the US for scuba diving and features the Dive Capital of the World, Key Largo. Key Largo and the Florida Keys isn't the only area with great diving opportunities though. Here is a list of the best dive sites in the state of Florida.

Neptune Memorial Reef

  • Closest City: Key Biscayne

  • Depth: 40 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Crab, Lobster, Morays, Nurse Sharks, Grouper, Rays

  • Notable Attributes: The largest man-made reef.

Christ of the Abyss

  • Closest City: Key Largo

  • Depth: 25 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Grouper, Morays, Nurse Sharks, Rays

  • Notable Attributes: Statue of Jesus submerged 25 feet under water

Blue Heron Bridge

  • Closest City: West Palm Beach

  • Depth: 20 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Rays, Flounder, Octopi, Barracuda

  • Notable Attributes: Macro photographers from around the country frequent this spot.

USS Spiegel Grove

  • Closest City: Key Largo

  • Depth: 80-130 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Bull Sharks, Barracuda, Schools of Jack, Grouper

  • Notable Attributes: Site of the USS Spiegel Grove, a 510 foot ship.

Molasses Reef

  • Closest City: Key Largo

  • Depth: 10-70 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Lobster, Crab, Morays, Turtles, Rays, Nurse Sharks

  • Notable Attributes: Spur and groove coral formations

French Reef

  • Closest City: Key Largo

  • Depth: 50-85 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Rays, Turtles, Hammerhead Sharks, Reef Sharks

  • Notable Attributes: Vibrant coral!

Devil's Den

  • Location: Williston

  • Depth: 50 feet

  • Wildlife: A small turtle named Nelson

  • Notable Attributes: A freshwater prehistoric spring. Water temperatures are always 72 degrees, cold for Florida.

Biscayne National Park

  • Closest City: Homestead

  • Depth: 55-85 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Octopi, Morays, Nurse Sharks

  • Notable Attributes: It's an underwater National Park. If you don't have your own boat with proper permits, the only charter company to take you diving is Tropic Scuba.

Rainbow River

  • Location: Dunnellon

  • Depth: 25 feet

  • Wildlife: Fish, Turtles, Otters

  • Notable Attributes: This is a drift dive as you're in a river situated in Central Florida.

USS Oriskany

  • Closest City: Pensacola

  • Depth: 84-212 feet

  • Wildlife: Reef Fish, Bull Sharks, Barracuda, Schools of Jack, Grouper

  • Notable Attributes: The USS Oriskany is one of the largest wrecks in the world at 911 feet. Only the best divers should attempt.


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