Florida

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(4 REVIEWS)

Florida Dive Travel

 

Florida offers an incredible range of warm-water diving, and some special treats for the diver who knows where to go and when.

 

West Palm Beach / Fort Lauderdale

This area offers some great dives. Blue heron bridge is a world-class muck/macro dive. There are large grouper aggregrations during certain times of the year, and a lot of sharks in this area.

 

Spiegel Grove Wreck Dive

The Spiegel Grove, in Key Largo, in known as one of the world's top wreck dives. The bottom is at 134ft, the top at 60ft. It is incredibly huge at 510ft long, and is diveable all-year round. It often has large tarpon swimming around it, and in August Bull sharks sometimes visit. It also has lots of easy penetration points.

 

 

Reviews (4)

  • Reviewer
Washington, DC
United States
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SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA DIVING REVIEW

South Beach diving may not seem as sexy as many of the south seas locations, however if you want variety and easy diving access it is ideal. Known as the "Wreckreational" capitol because of its 35+ wrecks creating marvelous artificial reefs all along the south Florida coast line. Vast fields of Gorgonias, schools of rays, goliath groupers of Pleistocene proportions, are all the "regular" fare at most of the wrecks. Other pelagics often swing by in different seasons (lemon sharks, black tip reef, etc...). Wrecks vary in depth (60' to 270') and skill level so there is something for every diver at every level. Great macro opportunities since the wrecks all lie on a nice sandy bottom with relatively good visibility allow for easy shot set up with clean backgrounds. Boat captains are all well versed in the wrecks and the different wildlife that inhabits each. This is a great vacation spot for groups with all levels of dive experience and even those non-diver types.

Visited on 02/2014 - Submitted on 07/31/2014
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VENICE BEACH FLORIDA DIVING REVIEW

A very different dive plan! Dive from the beach or take a charter from one of the local dive shops to collect fossilized shark teeth. You will find the most teeth and other fossils such as inner ear bones of whales, dugong rib bones, giant ground sloth bones, mastadon molars, turtle shell, and prehistoric horse teeth when you reach 21 feet of water from the shore line. The Venice Beach Pier makes a nice reference point as the end of the pier is about the right depth. You can park at the county park near the pier and use the boardwalk to access the beach. This treck is not for the deconditioned as the walk is long carrying tanks. I gave only two stars for marine life because it is sparse. You might see sea horses, scallops (but don't take in this area), sea robins, and jelly fish. Many "empty" shells contain small octopus so do be careful when fanning the sea floor for teeth. You will not see a coral reef. I recomend purchasing a fine mesh bag with velcro to store your finds and a paperback fossil book so that you know what you might find in Florida. I only gave conditions 2 stars because visiblity if very unpredictable. Winds kick up the silt in this shallow gulf area very easily. Top side the beaches are wide and there are a lot of restaurants and hotels to fit any budget.

Visited on 03/2011 - Submitted on 02/28/2014
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BLUE HERON BRIDGE DIVING REVIEW

Our very own shallow "muck dive" on the East Coast, USA! Day dives are from the beach with an easy flat water, sandy bottom entry. Night dives are either by dive boat operator or from the beach with permision obtained from the park by a local dive operator. Plan this dive when you can hit both a day and a night dive. The night diving is not to be missed! There is not a reef but the abundance of marine life is amazing. I can only give conditions 3 stars because one must work around the high tide to dive this site as visibility is gone in minutes when the tide changes. This time of the year the water temp is about 72 to 74 F. The park is nice, offering restrooms, picnic tables, outdoor shower, fishing from the catwalks under the bridge, and a snorkle and beach area with a lifeguard for non-divers. Riviera Beach is next door to West Palm Beach so what's not to like! Do be considerate of the fishermen's lines when passing under the bridge itself. In addition to the human fishermen, I seen cormorants diving from the bridge and fishing underwater. I dove this site over two days making 4 day dives and 1 night. In addition to the usual caribbean residents I seen octopus, batfish, stargazer, banded jawfish, snook, cushion starfish, nine-armed sea stars, lobster, flounder, urchins, queen conch, spotted eagle ray, mantis shrimp, decorator crab, shrimp, blennies, triggerfish, pair of sea hares, bristle worms, and the list goes on. You have the opportunity to also see a variety of nudibranchs (Dondice occidentialis, Ornate Elysia, Oxynoe antillarum, just to mention a few), spottedfin tonguefish, seahorses, flying gurnard, turtles, bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois), frogfish, sea spider, pipefish, key worm eel, juvenile trunk fish, and many more!

Visited on 02/2013 - Submitted on 02/27/2014
  • Reviewer
Costa Mesa, CA
United States
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BLUE HERON BRIDGE DIVING REVIEW

This is my all time favorite "beach" dive. It is also the easiest beach dive I have ever gone on! At Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach, Florida. You are inside the intracoastal waterway, there are no waves. Max depth is 18 ft at a really high tide. Average is 14ft. Walk from your car to the waters edge is 40 ft. No stairs. This dive is only done about 1 hr before high tide to 1 hr after high tide during daylight hours. Otherwise the currents make the visibility horrible. This muck dive has so much to offer. I have seen spotted eagle rays in 3 ft of water, sea horses, flying guinards, red lipped bat fish, sea stars, octopus, fire worms, nudibranches, crabs, lobsters, eels, sargent majors, shrimp, spotted drums, and a whole host of other critters. This is muck diving so try not to stir up the bottom. By Florida law you have to drag around a dive flag., but you do dive very close to an active boat channel. Showers and bathrooms are available. Night diving is only allowed when a local dive shop sponsors the parking passes. Neighborhood around the park can be sketchy. Definitely rent a car. Lodging is available in West Palm Beach or Singer Island. Dive shops are available on either end of the bridge. Even if vis is 10 ft it is worth the dive.

Visited on 10/2012 - Submitted on 02/19/2014

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