Scuba diving in Port St. Joe
Port St. Joe is part of the Gulf County and it has
become popular and well known for its dive sites.
Joe variety of dive sites are rich with both historical
and man made wrecks and artificial & natural
reefs. The warm weather and the clear water are great
for underwater photography.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Port St. Joe dive
centers for safety, additional information, level required
for each dive site and without being accompanied by a
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 18°C and 30°C.
(65° F and 87° F)
Average Water surface temperature: 29° C (85°F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between
20-60 feet (6 to 18 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
Port St. Joe is a great spot for scuba diving. It is
rich in its dive sites. Florida's Underwater Archaeological
Preserves is doing great efforts to develop its dive sites
and help the growth of underwater creatures; by deploying
more artificial reefs. Historical wrecks like SS Vamar is
one of the sites that characterizes the area. This area is
abundant sea life. Sea turtles, octopus, queen
angels and black snapper frequent its dive sites.
Some of Port St. Joe. dive sites.
SS Vamar is an old vessel built in 1919. It was,
against the captain's advice, over loaded and sank in 1942.
In 2002 170-foot (51 meters) long became Florida's ninth
Underwater Archaeological Preserve. Now it lies in 25 feet
(7 meters) of water and is home to many kinds of underwater
creatures including sea turtles and octopus.
The Tower is at a depth of 72 feet (21 meters). The
metal radio tower is one Port St. Joe famous dive sites. It
is home to plenty of sea life like sea turtles, barracuda,
sharks and other pelagics. It is a great site for day and
Barrier Dunes Barge is a 170 feet (51 meters) long
barge. It sank in 1980 and now lies in 35 feet (10 meters)
of water. The wreck is intact at the date of writing and is
home to sea turtles and sharks.
Box Car Site is an artificial dive site. It consists
of scrap steel and tires. It lies in 55 feet (16 meters) of
water and home to abundant sea life.
Bill's Barge is an old barge that sank to form this
beautiful reef. It is upside down but the corner rises 6
feet (1 meter) from the sand bottom. It is at a depth of 80
feet (24 meters).
Jaycee Reef is an artificial dive site. It is at a
depth of 45 feet (13 meters). The reef consists of concrete
pilings, concrete culverts and scrap steel.
LST- Port St. Joe is a landing craft sank in 1963
during delivery. It lies in 90 feet (27 meters) of water and
home to abundant sea life.
The Kaiser is a tug boat sunk in 1932. It lies in 42
feet (12 meters) of water. The wreck is home to many kinds
of aqua life like queen angels, black snapper and sea