Diving in Miami
Miami is known as the “Wreckreational Dive Capital of the World”. There are currently more than 75 sunken wrecks and many more expected to come over the next few years. As the port of Miami is the busiest sea port in the world, there are always opportunities to acquire new boats to sink. Customs seizes vessels that were used to smuggle drugs and with the owners in jail and the ship quickly racking up dock fees, selling the boat for scrap is sometimes the only alternative. Some boats arrive in Miami barely seaworthy and find their final resting place here in Miami. DERM, the Dade County Environmental Resource Management division, then negotiates with the owners (or customs) to take the boats, and clean and prepare them to be sunk off the shore of Miami for the intended use of sport divers and fishermen.
The first boat that was sunk as a part of Miami’s artificial reef program was the Orion, a steel tug sunk off of Key Biscayne in 1981. Since then, freighters, barges, yachts, tugs, a water tower, oil platforms, army tanks and even a 727 has been sunk. The latest addition was the Princess Brittany, a 160′ tug sunk in May 2003. She sits at 92′ just three miles offshore.
Typical marine life found in Miami include eels, grouper, snapper, Goliath Grouper, stingrays, nurse sharks (harmless), tarpon, snook, cobia, octopus and a wide variety of tropical fish.
Depth Range: 30′ – 130′ (10-40 meters)
Average Visibility: 30′ – 100′ (10-30 meters)
Water Temperature: 70o- 86′ (21′-30′ c)
Private charters, instructors, divemasters and guides are available by request.
The Miami dive trips depart from the Miami Beach Marina, which is about a 5-minute drive from our shop. The boat is a 2004, 46′ Newton equipped with showers, a camera table, a stereo and a head (bathroom). Half of the boat is shaded but there is plenty of room to catch some sun.
All two tank dives cost $90 and include tanks and weights. The need for full scuba gear rental brings the cost up to $125. Rental wetsuits, if needed, cost an additional $10. Click here for more rental information.
We also offer discounts on multiple dive packages: pre-pay for 5 trips and save 15%, or pre-pay for 10 trips and save 20%. Packages are neither refundable nor transferable and must be used within a year.
Florida sales tax is 7% and will be added to all charters and sales. Reservations are required for all dives with a major credit card over the phone or you can save 5% by booking online.
Other Dive Trips:
- Additional trips and night dives may be scheduled throughout the week (transportation not provided). Check our trip calendar here to see what we have scheduled each month.
We require 24 hours notice prior to the check in time to change or cancel a reservation with no fee. For less than 24 hours notice you will be billed for the full price of the trip per person that is reserved. Private charters and groups require 72 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a trip without fees.
If a trip is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen events, there will be no charge to the deposit and if you have pre-paid, you will receive a full refund via the method you paid with.