10 Best Dive Sites in Florida

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As a PADI Divemaster based out of South Florida, I have been a resource for many on what the best dive sites are.

Using my experience, I wanted to put together a list of the best dive sites in Florida, to point tourists, or even locals, to where they should go diving next.

Best Shore Dive: Blue Heron Bridge - Riviera Beach

First on this list would have to be one of the United States best shore dives: Blue Heron Bridge. The reason I placed BHB so high on this list is due to how unique of an experience it is.

For the most part, it’s the only site in Florida that can easily be done from the shore. The site is an artificial reef off the shores of Phil Foster Memorial Park, and consists of a series of rock piles, shipwrecks, and coolest of all, the bridge itself.

It’s only able to be during slack tide, so you’ll have to check a tide chart to time it. Blue Heron Bridge has a strong community around it and Facebook Groups, making it another reason why it’s so different than any other site on this list.

At the site, you’ll see anything from small reef fish and lobster, all the way to rays, goliath groupers, and sea horses.

The site is also able to be dove at night time through special permitting if that interests you.

If you’d like to learn more about scuba diving Blue Heron Bridge, I’ve written an entire guide on the site.

Depth: 25ft

Dive Type: Shore Dive

Difficulty: Beginner

Cost: Free

Best Artificial Reef: Neptune Memorial Reef - Key Biscayne

Next on the list, I’m going to go with Neptune Memorial Reef.

Located three miles off the coast of Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida, it’s designed as an underwater mausoleum for cremated remains, this artificial reef draws inspiration from the mythical lost city of Atlantis.

On your dive, you’ll find sculpted lions, intricate columns, and symbolic structures create a hauntingly beautiful backdrop that also serves a dual purpose as an artificial reef, promoting marine growth and fostering a thriving habitat for various marine species.

It’s also the world’s largest man-made reef.

Diving the Neptune Memorial Reef is a unique experience, combining the reverence of a memorial with the thrill of exploring a flourishing marine ecosystem.

The reef lies at a depth of approximately 40 feet, making it accessible to divers of varying experience levels. Due to its location, it’s advisable to dive with a local charter or guide who is familiar with the site’s intricacies. While navigating through the sculpted pathways and observing the plaques honoring the departed, divers can also expect encounters with a variety of marine life, including colorful tropical fish, rays, and occasional barracudas. The intertwining of art, memory, and nature at the Neptune Memorial Reef offers a dive like no other, reminding visitors of the eternal connection between life and the sea.

Depth: 40ft

Dive Type: Boat Dive

Difficulty: Beginner

Cost: ~$100 charter

Best Cave Dive: Devils Den - Williston

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Best Wreck: USS Spiegel Grove - Key Largo

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Best Reef: Molasses Reef

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Best Wreck Treck: Palm Beach Corridor

Spaanish Anchor: Key Largo

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Best Panhandle Wreck: USS Oriskany

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Best Instagram Photo: Christ of the Abyss

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