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Scuba diving in Boca Raton

Boca Raton is located on the South Florida metropolitan area. It is well known vacation destination and famous for its spectacular sea life. Boca Raton with its tropical warm waters and Caribbean quality visibility, allows you to explore its breathtaking underwater life. You will be fascinated by the variety of dive sites in Boca Raton, deep, shallow and artificial. Divers are going to enjoy seeing various kinds of sea life, schools of large fish such as grunts, snapper, jacks, and grouper. This spot is also the best place to observe sea turtles.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Boca Raton 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 23°C and 32°C. (75° F and 90° F)
Average Water surface temperature: Between 25° C and 30° C (77°F and 86°F)
Visibility often averaging: visibility is between 60 and 100 feet (18 to 30 Meters)
Coldest time: From December to February
Warmest time: From July to September
Possible to dive all year round.

Boca Raton’s current nature makes drift diving the most popular way to explore reefs lines. You can observe the bright corals, sponges and numerous tropical fish as you drift northward from the southern end of the reef. What makes Boca Raton favorable to divers is that it has its own inlet, which gives quick access to Boca Raton reefs and wrecks dive Sites found within 15 minutes of the shore. For those whose passion is wreck diving, Boca Raton artificial reefs have more than 25 wrecks that were sunk to create a suitable environment for many kinds of aqua life and allow divers to observe sea creatures and learn more about their habitat and lives.  Have Fun exchanging your new experiences with other divers gathering in Boca Raton diving Clubs.

Some of Boca Raton dive sites are:

Ancient Mariner is a sunken boat at a depth of 45 to 70 feet (14 to 21 meters). It was built in the 30s and used as a sub-chaser during the World War II. In the year 1964 it was sold to several firms and became a floating restaurant, before it sank in the year 1981. It was then donated to Florida’s artificial reef program and was sunk in 1991 at a depth of 70 feet (21 meters). This dive site offers a great experience for almost all levels divers because of the altars caused by Hurricane Andrew.

The Berry Patch is another wreck that was sunk to create an artificial reef at a depth of 71 feet (22 meters) under the water. It is about 150 feet south of the Ancient Mariner. Because of the nature of this site the wreck has been changed and relocated over the years. Not far from this location lies a houseboat named Chuck-A-Luck at about 110 feet (33 meters) southwest. These wrecks make a good home to small tropical fish, amberjack, chub, garden eels, and mackerel.

Boca Artificial Reef Ledge is not far from Boca Raton shores. The reef is about 10-15 feet (3-5 meters) high and extends for over 1000 feet (305 meters) North to South. At about 75 feet (23 meters) east is an artificial reef composed of six-foot high piles of about 20 concrete erojacks. The current can be strong and dangerous in this area, but it is a great spot with abundant of marine life. The rock ledge is covered with soft coral, sponges and algae. You can see also angelfish, Bermuda chub, barracuda as well as some lobsters in both the ledge and in the artificial reef.

Budweiser Bar is also another boat was sunk in 1987 to create an artificial reef; it lies at a depth of 95 feet (29 meters) under the water. The current is little in this area and the wreck is easily penetrable. The wreck is home to snapper, barracuda, angelfish, and delicate corals with beautiful colors.

The Captain Tony/ M/V Becks is at a depth of 80 - 85 feet (24 - 26 meters); it is an advanced dive site .It was named in memory of Captain Tony Townsend, a local dive charter captain. There is no current in the area and the visibility is great which allows you to swim freely between the wreck and the Budwesier Bar wreck, which is not far from it.

Labonte Reef is a good start for beginners, it is 35- 45 feet (11 - 14 meters) deep. It makes a great home to lobsters and small fish with its holes and outcroppings, also grouper, snapper and hammerhead sharks have often been spotted at this location.

San Remo is a beautiful site with several caves and overhangs. It is 45 - 65 feet (14 - 20 meters) deep and it is a great spot for night and drift diving. The caves and overhangs protect the pelagic life which inhabits the area; octopuses and squid are also spotted in this site.

Shark Ledge as its name insinuates is home to sharks. It is five miles north of the Boca Raton Inlet at a depth of 50 - 65 feet (15 - 20 meters). Crevices and undercuts protect the sea life that inhabits the area.
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