Florida Dive Sites
Jupiter is located about 10-15 miles north of West Palm Beach. Many of the reefs in Jupiter are very tall, some offer as much as 30 feet relief. In this area we mostly do drift dives, even on the wrecks, due to the water movement. This region is also well known for its large marine life such as, turtles, eels, groupers, rays, & sharks. In the Winter, January-March, Lemon sharks also through. Divers get a chance to get pretty close and personal. Normally in the early Fall the Goliath Groups spawn. We have counted as many as 40+ in one view. Not per one dive mind you, one moment of one dive. These fish can approach weights of 700+ lbs. Whether you are shooting with a camera or a spear gun, you will love Jupiter!
Boynton is about 10 to 15 miles south of West Palm Beach. This area has similar water conditions to West Palm Beach with out the crowds. Scuba Steve says this is his favorite diving in the state to dive, due to its variety of sites & over all conditions. The reef & fish off Lantana, in his opinion, are healthier than anywhere else in the state. Large schools of grunts, snapper, and other tropical fish can be found. There is one site to the North; we like to dive when conditions are right, that has so many fish that it is common not even to be able to see the reef.
The wrecks here are also great. Castor, Captain Tony, & Bud are three freighters we dive on a regular basis. The Captain and crew, of the boat we use, are very laid back but still very efficient.
Pompano means great wreck diving at Sea Hunt Scuba. Pompano has an impressive artificial reef program that has produced some spectacular dive spots! There are now approximately ninety artificial reefs, including, ships, concrete modules, offshore oil platforms, and more. Some of the wrecks are in as little as 25 ft of water.
The reefs here can also start pretty shallow. Three distinctly different reef lines, one is as shallow as 10 ft, are all a sight to see.
Whether its wrecks or reefs, Pompano can please!
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is known world wide for great diving. The Gulf Stream water flows very close to shore, resulting in some of the clearest and warm water in the continual US. Water temperatures here, even in the winter, will normally be in the mid 70s, but usually is above 80 degrees in the majority of the year. This warm, clear water also brings in many tropical fish. Most dives are drift dives, because of the Gulf Stream currents. This means almost effortless diving. Come sea why most of the world ranks this area so high!
Boca Raton's underwater world is filled with spectacular sea life, where you can enjoy tropical warm blue waters and Caribbean-quality visibility, while exploring reefs, coral–encrusted shipwrecks, and fish-filled natural wonders.
Boca Raton and the Palm Beaches offer divers the opportunity to dive in warm, crystal-clear waters year-round. This is where the Gulfstream passes closely to Florida’s coast, bringing a large variety of sea life to the vibrant reefs less than two miles offshore. Drift diving is the most popular way to explore the reef lines. Dive charters put you in the water on the southern end of a reef so that you can observe the bright corals and sponges, while watching numerous tropical fish as you gently drift northward.
Thanks to the Gulfstream, divers can expect to see huge schools of large fish such as grunts, snapper, jacks, and grouper. This area of southeast Florida is also the best place to spot sea turtles. Check out the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Center in Red Reef Park to see these magnificent animals and learn more about their habitat.
Key Largo, the northernmost island of the Florida Keys island chain, lies only 6 hours from St. Augustine, yet is a world away. Key Largo is home to one of the world's largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove. It also contains the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Underwater State Park and the famous Christ of the Abyss underwater statue. Key Largo is best known for its shallow reefs and deep wrecks. The shallow reefs provide world class diving for scuba divers of all ages and skills. The deep wrecks offer some of the best wreck diving found anywhere. The magnificent natural coral reefs, a few miles offshore, are world renowned for their beauty. Underwater treasures await divers as well as snorkelers, who enjoy the colorful and tranquil sea life in these clear, tepid, azure waters. Visitors to Key Largo quickly understand why it is titled the "Dive Capital of the World".
Manatees are docile seal-like animals that inhabit the Florida Waters. Discovered by Spanish Explorer’s, these animals where hunted to near extinction for there meat, oil, and hide. Protected since about 1900, snorkelers and divers can now get the opportunity spend real quality time up-close and personal with these gentile creatures.
The state of Florida is dotted with warm crystal clear water perfect for scuba diving. Bass, Brim, Perch, Mullet, Carp, Gar, Flounder, Cats, and even, Tarpon are some the fish divers see wile enjoying the relaxing calm springs. Florida Springs are world renown for cave & cavern diving. Ginnie Springs, less than two hours form St. Augustine, has been ranked as the worlds best shallow fresh water dive. Other sites such as Devils Den, Blue Grotto, Troy, Manatee Springs, and Alexander Springs also hold the worlds high regard.