Miss Patricia wreck, photo by Larry Gatz
Tenneco Oil Rigs Known locally as Tenneco Towers. Placed at their current location in October, 1985. Tenneco Towers is considered the most popular dive site on the Southeast coast of Florida. The oil rigs were originally used in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. Tenneco Oil Co. (at their own expense) brought the towers by barge around the Florida Keys and placed them at their present site. The area consists of 3 sites: West Tenneco at 105' depth, relief of approx. 40', Middle Tenneco at 115' depth, relief of approx. 40', separated by approx.100' east to west and Deep Tenneco at a depth of 185' and 205'.
C-One, a 120' US Navy steel tug boat was placed at its present site in November, 1990. The vessel is intact with limited penetration and sits in approx. 68' of water. The wreck lists 45 degrees to port, giving it a spooky dive experience.
Conception, a 165' Honduran freighter was sunk in June, 1991. This wreck, which was severely damaged by hurricane Andrew, sits about 100' northt of the C-One. The stern is approx. 50' north of the main section which has collapsed to a 5' profile. Sits in 68' of water.
White Coast a 40' Russian tug was sunk just east of the C-One in May, 1995 as part of the Coconuts Festival of North Miami Beach. Story has it, the tug was confiscated after running Cuban refugees to the safety of the United States. All 3 of these wrecks are close enough to visit on the same dive with very little effort. Eventually, rebar stakes will be used to mark trails to guide divers around the site.
Crane Reef is one of our favorite reef sites. No one knows exactly how this crane boom appeared. Speculation is that it might have fallen off a barge during rough seas. It is extremely difficult to mark with a depth finder as it lay among large coral heads. It has a 6' profile lying in about 75' of water. All manner of marine life can be found here, turtles, sharks ,3 moray eels and a large assortment of tropicals. There is no other section of reef like it off the Gold Coast.
Deep Freeze is one of our most popular advanced dives. The 210' freighter lies in 135' of water. Some current is the norm here. Relief of about 25'. As one of Miami's oldest wrecks, she was sunk in October, 1976. Excellent penetration for experienced wreck divers. Popular spot for local spearfishermen. Slight damage from hurricane Andrew.
Antennas reef site, photo by Larry Gatz
Wreck Trek The site consists of the Miss Patricia, 85' tug, sunk June, 1990, Miss Karlene, tug severly damaged by hurricane Andrew, 90' away from the Patrica on a heading of 150 degrees, Ben's Antenna reef, (old radio towers), Billy's Barge, 75' steel barge, limestone boulders and more sites being connected. The depth is about 45' to 60'. This area can be covered by an experienced diver in a big hurry, but is worth a few dives to see everything. This is one of our most popular destinations, not only for training new divers,but because it offers a moderate, relaxed dive for intermediate divers.
Rockpile artificial reef is a rock covered outhaul pipe built, I'd guess, in the 20's. In 30' of water with 15' of relief, this site has a huge variety of tropical fish in residence. We could almost call this our shark dive. It seems we always find a number of nurse sharks sleeping in the crevasses. A no-brainer for navigation, the rockpile runs east and west, it's pretty hard to get lost.
Army Tanks, 2 forty ton Vietnam era combat tanks sunk last August, 1994 in about 55' of water. Located at the east and west ends of a large crescent shaped area of huge limestone boulders. Interesting to watch a new reef develope. This will be an excellent site for marine life, because it affords many places to hide, especially for lobster.
Andro, 165' vessel, originally built as a luxury yacht in 1910. Sunk in 105' of water in December, 1985. Hurricane Andrew ripped it into a few pieces making it much more interesting, but, at the same time, extremely challenging. A popular place for local fishermen makes it hard, sometimes, to get divers on the site.
Narwal, a 137' steel freighter was sunk in 125' of water in April, 1986. Hurricane Andrew broke the vessel in half and moved it to water 10' deeper than it originally was. This is where we usually end up when we can't get on the Andro as it's pretty close by. An excellent dive, can be affected by currenst as are most wrecks at the 100' depth line.
Tortuga, the Fair Game movie wreck, was sunk in April, 1995. The movie "sank" a few months later. A 165' freighter, sits in 110' of water, you can hit the deck at about 90'. Used in the final scene of the movie where it blows up is the actual sinking supervised by DERM. This vessel is the absolute best penetration wreck we have. Lots of fun for the trained and certified wreck diver, it offers a great training ground for wreck diving instructors. Grouper and other pelagics are starting to take an interest in this site. Very popular deep dive for everyone.
Deep Trench was cut through the reef line to allow an outhaul pipe to discharge waste during the 20's. Not in use anymore, it's a great place for night diving. The ocean bottom is 45' deep with the trench dropping down to 60'. It's about 25' wide, with lots of tropicals, eels, lobster, stringrays and occasional nurse shark. Runs east and west.
Graceland reef, home of Elvis, a very large green moray eel, is a section of plate reef that broke and dropped about 4' creating an interesting ledge with small caverns underneath (too small for penetration). Located in 18' to 22' of water, this is a relaxing second dive. Some of the most beautiful tropical fish live here, including some that we don't see at any other site, like Copper Sweepers. Your likely to find a large Nurse shark sleeping under one of the ledges, so bring a light! This site is several hundred yards long, there is a lot to see for the casual diver.
The Pillars reefsite at 35' is a good place for training dives. An old pipeline is partially buried and a large structure with 2 large steel I-beams is sitting next to it. Some other unidentifiable objects remind me of the Bimini Road. If you're a spearfisherman, this is a good place for hogfish.
South Deep Trench at about 60' is real interesting, in that, there are huge amount of tropicals all over it. Another good site for instructors to take students for they're first night dive. Apparently an old dredge cut, the walls have weathered nicely and looks almost natural.
Matthew Lawrence sinks, photo by Tanya Burnett
Matthew Lawrence or No. 7 wreck placed in January, 1996 at 50 feet. A 120' freighter lying east-west offers excellent penetration for novice wreck divers. With relief of approx 30', the wreck can, sometimes, be seen from the surface. As part of the Wreck Trek site, it will be tied into the other nearby wrecks with rebar stakes to guide divers from site to site. This wreck is about 200' east of the Army Tanks dive site. Good place for training divers.
The Wall is located south of Haulover cut. Starts about 50' and drops very steeply and in some areas to approx. 90' deep. We found this area after much searching. We've heard the rumor of such a place for a long time. We are in the process of mapping it for our divers. Looks like it will be an excellent drift dive, great place for photos, as well as spearfishing.
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This is only a partial list of some of our dive sites, give us a call to go to our more special locations for underwater photo opportunities and spearfishing trips.
This year we've come across some new and exciting dive sites, with the TIBURON dive boat, we can go comfortably to more locations, and enjoy our underwater experience.
Coming Soon, we have more photos of all the wrecks we dive, along with some maps for convienent u/w navigation.
This site always under construction.......
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