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Scuba diving in Port Orange

Port Orange located in Volusia County; is one of the best diving destinations in the area. Port Orange is famous for manatees; you will have a good chance to watch these gentle giants while they spend the winter in its calm and warm water. To increase the numbers of tourists and diving fans, the county deployed about 13 artificial reefs. The cavern system of the springs in the area is special and a good place to observe underwater life.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Port Orange 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 21°C and 28°C (71° F and 83° F)
Average Water surface temperature: 22°C (72° F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is 10 feet (3 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.

Port Orange diving offers a great experience for both beginner and advanced divers. The wide variety of Port Orange dive sites with the deep and shallow sites as well as natural and artificial reefs provides something for everyone. Volusia County does its best to help the growth of underwater life in this area. By deploying about 13 artificial reefs, not to mention the natural reefs, it creates a good habitat to different kinds of fish and other marine life.

Some of Port Orange dive sites.

USS Mindanao was sunk in 1980. It is the oldest artificial reef site in the area. The ship is at a depth of 85 feet (25 meters) of water. Another two tugs were deployed near the wreck Alexandra McAllister and Thomas H. This reef is home to schools of bait fish, tomtate grunts and mangrove snapper as well as amberjack, barracuda and spadefish.

Semarca the 76 feet (23 meters) steel ship was sunk in 1994 along with many concrete culverts to be an artificial reef. This site is popular for its wide variety of sea life.

Blue Spring is home to manatee. It migrates to this area in the winter months around November and staying through March. The spring is famous for its caves and caverns. Its caves can reach 120 feet (36 meters) deep. This spot is great for cave diving, but try to get there early because the park limits the number of divers per day.

Argoil is a steel barge, deployed in 1994. This artificial reef consists of concrete culverts. There were 2 dozens of reef balls deployed near the site, which make a great home to abundant sea life including large seabass.

USN Intruder aircraft is a deep site. The 135 feet (41 meters) ship is upright and intact. This site is more suitable for advanced divers.

Maxine D is a 165 feet (50 meters) ship. It was deployed in 1994. The ship is upright and intact. Soft corals and many kinds of fish inhabit the site.
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