you are interested in wreck diving,
there are only a few around Key West that are available to visitors.
May 27 is the target date for sinking the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg
as an artificial reef in 140 feet of water seven miles off Key
West, project organizers announced Friday. Late morning is the
target time. Info
On Sinking the Gen. Hoyt S.Vandenberg!
The Cayman Salvager was a 180-foot buoy tender and was intentionally sunk in
1985 to make an artificial reef. She is sitting upright and has cavernous open
holds providing shelter for some large marine life. Joe’s Tug is a classic
tugboat that sits upright in 65 feet of water.
certifications are accepted by the local dive shops, but make
sure you bring your card with you. There are several charters
that cater to scuba divers only, and
many that take both divers and snorkelers. Nitrox diving, and
instruction, are also available in the area.
Certification courses and resort
courses can be scheduled in many locations.
Both SCUBA divers and snorkelers find
that the primary destination for an excursion around Key West
is Sand Key Lighthouse Reef. This ten-mile reef system, marked
by a large iron lighthouse, has coral formations of varying depths.
Ten-Fathom Ledge is known for
its caves and dramatic overhangs that provide shelter for all
kinds of marine life, including lobsters and grouper. Kedge Ledge
is a patch reef whose main attraction is the remains of a pair
of coral-encrusted anchors from some 18th century sailing vessels.
The Atocha, discovered by Mel
Fisher off the Marquesas Keys is in a different category than
the rest. Mel searched for this Spanish wreck for years and, when
his team finally found it, they brought up a fortune in gold,
silver and jewels that was beyond imagination. Of course, this
wreck is not available to the visiting diver.