have long treasured the waters along the east coast of the United
States. From New England to North Carolina to Key West at the southwestern
extreme of the Florida Keys, there are wrecks, reefs and marine
life enough to satisfy the underwater explorers appetite.
rides with established charter operators are the best way to get
to the lobster grounds and historic shipwrecks off the coasts of
New England. Some of the wrecks are best suited for those with training
in technical diving, like the famed Andrea Doria, but there is a
wealth of great diving for those with open water and advanced certifications,
are also the main attraction when diving in North Carolinas
waters. More than 80 accessible wrecks that range from German U-boats
to passenger liners to cargo vessels can be explored in depths that
vary from 30 to 160 feet or more. Eddies in the Gulf Stream bathe
these wrecks with warm water and bring numerous species typically
associated with Caribbean diving.
south, the Florida coastline offers up prolific artificial reef
programs and the beginnings of true coral reefs. The Gold Coast
(named for the many Spanish Galleons wrecks on these shores), includes
West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Some of the
states best wrecks are here, adorned in sponges, bursting
with tropical colors and loaded with fish. Schools of grunts, jacks,
snappers and the occasional big grouper greet divers.
further south, the coastline bends away and breaks up into the Florida
Keys. More than 200 islands lie between Key Largo in the northeast
and Key West in the southwest, with Looe Key smack in the middle.
If you want beautiful, shallow dives and good viz in waters that
are loaded with colorful tropical fishes and invertebrates, the
Keys is your place. If you want a chance to swim with turtles, barracudas,
Jewfish, eels and sharks, the Keys is your place. And if you want
some great wreck dives, where big amberjack, sharks, and schooling
cudas hang out, you got it, the Keys is your place once again. Dive
operators in the Keys provide a wide variety of trips ranging from
single dives to week-long vacations.
Dive Resorts and Operators