Miami Beach Treasure Dives
Here you will find beautiful artificial reefs, natural rocks and coral reefs, which offer scuba divers miles of great diving areas to explore. The artificial reefs consist of planned wrecks, where you will find an abundance of all types of marine life close to shore for scuba divers and snorkels to venture in. With over 75 diveable wrecks, Miami Beach is truly is South Florida’s treasure and a scuba divers paradise.
Here are a just a few places down under you will want to check out:
The Almirante– Known as the Queen of Miami. A 200 foot steel ship sunk in April 1975 off Elliott Key
Army Tanks – Two 40-ton Vietnam era combat army tanks sunk August, 1994 in about 50′ of water. Great place to find fish, lobster and moray eels.
Belcher Barge – A 185′ steel barge sunk in November 1985 in the Key Biscayne area. You can explore the inside of the wreck as well. To the South, about 100 feet you will find the Belzona II. South and then east of the Belzona II is the Belzona I and III.
Biscayne Wreck – A 120 foot freighter used to haul bananas from Central America. Located in Key Biscayne Artificial Reef in about 55 feet of water. Expect to see all sorts of aquatic delights and great for night diving.
Blue Fire – A 175’ wreck sunk in 1983. You will find large fish such as jacks, snapper, jewfish, barracuda and cobia.
Darrel’s Ledge – Two section reef with beautiful fish to view.
The Deep Freeze– A 210′ freighter sunk in October 1976 and is located in 135′ of water. Recommended for experienced divers and spear fishermen.
Emerald Reef – Miami’s largest natural reef. Good place to find lobster. Speaking of which Lobster season is in full gear and runs through March 2010.
Of course, if you want to venture down to the Florida Keys, Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary is the place for diving and snorkeling. Its close proximity to the Miami area make it a great day trip.