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.
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!
Blue Grotto is actually a sinkhole with great visibility year round. Depths reach 100 ft. Upon entering the sink you will encounter a very large cavern with writing on the walls. At a depth of 30 feet there is a fresh air bell so you can take off your mask and breath some fresh air. Continuing down, there is a large shaft that slopes down at a 90 degree angle. At around 90 feet you will encounter silt that can be easily stirred up. There are lights at 30 ft to illuminate the cavern. The owner, is very friendly and also manufactures dive, wreck and video lights
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.
Feel the rush! Adrenaline guaranteed with swarms of Lemon, Bull, Hammerhead and Tiger sharks. This is a 3 location dive with drinks and snacks included. Advanced or higher certification required plus Nitrox. For experienced divers (min 40 dives) only. Safety sausage mandatory.
Due to the limited number of spaces on this trip, we have a 7-day cancellation policy for this trip. Price includes dives, Nitrox tank rentals, weights and transportation when available if requested. No white, yellow or pink gear allowed. Full suits and gloves must be worn. Long hair must be in a hood.
This is a shark feeding scenario. First deep ledge at 120' drifting, second and third dive at 85' stationary.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
This Coast Guard cutter was built in the 1930s and was originally known as the Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of vengeance. During WWII, she was used as a sub-chaser and a convoy escort. She was decommissioned in 1964 and sold to several firms before being remodeled to resemble an African steamer and becoming Fort Lauderdale's first floating restaurant The ship/restaurant sank in 1981, was raised, remodeled, and renamed several times before finally being purchased by a Hollywood dive club and donated to the artificial reef program.
The Ancient mariner was sunk in 70 feet of depth in 1991 to help in the formation of an artificial reef. She stretches 165 feet in length and lies in a depth range of 45 to 70 feet. Because of the several remodelings and the destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew, this ship offers opportunities for penetration at almost all levels. This dive is especially worthwhile for those interested in exploring the interior of this vessel.
The Lady Luck is 324 ft. long, 50 ft wide tanker that rises to nearly to 60 from the surface at her mast. You will notice on your descent the Lady Luck logo on each side of her stack, welcoming you to the world's first underwater casino ding ding ding ding! Artist Dennis McDonald has created a larger than life size casino on the deck with octopus dealers, slot machines and card sharks alike. You can swim down find an open seat at a table and gamble on a great photo opportunity. Be careful your dealer may be a little fishy! The ship's web of pipes and structures makes for a great fish haven and back drop. Stop by the bridge for a panoramic view of the ship.
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.