Scuba diving is very popular in South Florida as we have tons of reefs and rocks teaming with life to explore. Here is a list of the most popular diving spots for locals.
45-60 feet; two miles of reef with a five to fifteen-foot ledge absolutely packed with fish. Large sea turtles are often seen here with many unusual species of fish including batfish, morays, pancake fish, stargazers, puffer, scorpionfish, and stingrays.
40-60 feet; this horseshoe-shaped ledge is covered by sponges and sea fans, which attracts huge schools of snapper and other fish, especially during strong currents.
65-95 feet; drop-off plummets up to 20 feet as you drift with turtles, sharks, tropicals and schooling fish including Atlantic spadefish, grouper and snapper.
55-60 feet; this nine-foot statue of King Neptune and his turtles stands just south of a dramatic ledge with a big overhang large enough for several divers to through.
55-70 feet; boulders broken off the main reef identify this dive site, with the bulk of the rubble on the west side. Compared to Bahamas diving because of the topography, this area begs to be explored.
Fishbowl and Sea Aquarium
40-50 feet; massive schools of fish can make it hard to see the reef but divers swim with them, identifying different species swimming together.
55-80 feet; cathedral-like blowouts in the reef are exciting to investigate, with nurse sharks, turtles, eels, crustaceans and bottom fish in abundance.
Rio Jobe Reef
65-90 feet; a spectacular reef with 15 to 20 feet of ledge relief with crevices and boulders offerings, multitudes of hiding places to marine life. Lobsters, morays, bottom fish and tropicals take refuge in the reef cuts, and the schooling fish have to be pushed out of the way to see the reef!
60-110 feet; an artificial reef created from dredging and bridge rubble which is now covered in corals and attracts fish and sea life.
120-160 feet; experienced divers marvel at this large tunnel about 60 to 80 feet long with an exit visible from both sides. Full of big fish and lobster, watchful observers see sharks and rays.
50-60 feet, 100-foot-long man-made east/west trench about 20 feet wide which cuts through the reef. Great place to slow down and investigate the undercuts in the 15-foot-high walls which harbor tropical, eels, sponges and coral.