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Scuba diving in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is one of the most famous diving destinations in Florida. Its natural reef structure attracts divers from all over the world. Fort Lauderdale dive sites offer excellent drift diving for advanced divers. Its reefs give you the opportunity to watch underwater creatures in their natural habitat like gorgonians, sponges, fans and numerous tropical fish as well as schools of grunts and yellowtails.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Fort Lauderdale dive centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Average annual temperature: Between 24°C and 26°C. (82° F and 86° F)
Average water surface temperature: Between 22° C - 23° C (72-75°F)
Visibility often averaging:   40 feet (12 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.

Fort Lauderdale offers both natural and artificial reefs. There are about 90 artificial reefs including ships, vessels, concrete modules and limestone boulders. It offers diversity in dive sites; from deep and shallow reefs to wrecks and artificial reefs, that suit all levels of expertise. Fort Lauderdale dive sites are rich in all kinds of aqua life, both big and small. Its wrecks became shelter to lobsters and home to hard and soft corals, gentle whale sharks, shellfish, hydroids and barracudas. Exchange your new experiences with other divers gathering in Fort Lauderdale diving Clubs.

Some of Fort Lauderdale dive sites.

Barracuda Reef is a shallow reef about 20 - 35 feet (6 - 11 meters) deep. The reef ledge rises 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) from the bottom. It is great for fish watching. It offers a variety of sea life like lobsters, crabs and moray eels. Staghorn, star and brain corals grow here.


Guy Harvey is at a depth of 115 - 140 feet (35 - 43 meters). The ship was sunk in 1997 to be part of this artificial reef. It is an advanced dive site. A variety of sea life can be seen in this reef like barracudas, hogfish and lobsters.

Capt. Dan Wreck was deliberately sunk in 1990 to form an artificial reef. It was named after Captain Dan Garnsey, a well-known drift fishing boat owner. It now lies in 90 - 110 feet (27 - 34 meters) of water. It is intact with large holes easy for divers to penetrate. Special care must be taken when penetrating wrecks and this should only be done if the dive guide gives you permission to do so. Goinginto wrecks could be dangerous.


Mercedes I is the most famous diving site of Fort Lauderdale's wreck sites. The ship was sunk in 1984 during a terrible storm and now it lies in 60 - 100 feet (18 - 30 meters) of water. Hurricane Andrew hit the area in the year 1992 and tore it in two. The visibility in the area is great and it is an advanced dive site. The wreck became home to abundant sea life.

Copenhagen was built in England in 1898, before it sank in 1900 and became a historical shipwreck. The wreck lies in 15 - 35 feet (5 - 11 meters) of water. It is a great site for snorkeling and shallow dives. The site is home to lots of tropical fish, lobster, snapper and grouper.

Houseboat is an artificial reef at a depth of 75 - 87 feet (23 - 27 meters), where a houseboat named Duzaway sank in the area. The wreck is covered with beautiful colors of soft coral and baitfish inhabit the area. You may see schools of large barracuda and the site is good for underwater photography.
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