Scuba diving in Miami
Miami is one of the most popular diving destinations.
Its clean beaches and warm water are what make it favorable
to scuba divers. Miami is famous for its wide variety of
artificial reefs. The diversity in Miami dive sites helped
the growth of all kinds of coral structures as well as
attracting many kinds of
fish and aqua life. Most of the
dive sites are near the shore allowing visiting more than
one reef or wreck at the time.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
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 24°C and 31°C. (76° F
and 89° F)
Average Water surface temperature: Between from 21° C to 30°
C (70°F to 86°F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 30 and 100
feet (21 to 30 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
Miami is known for its wreck dive sites, there are over 75
wrecks sunk in its water. Ships, tugs, army tanks, an
airplane and radio antennae were sunk to form many beautiful
artificial reefs and to create a suitable inhabitant to many
kinds of aqua life. The Department of Environmental Resource
Management (DERM) has made a great effort in developing
artificial reefs in Miami. Miami dive sites
are home to a
wide variety of sea life like eels, grouper, snapper and
jewfish as well as stingrays, nurse sharks, tarpon, snook,
cobia and octopus. Also many kinds of corals are growing on
Miami reefs and wrecks. Exchange your new experiences with
other divers gathering in
Miami diving Clubs.
Some of Miami dive sites.
Army Tank #1 is one of two army tanks a depth of 48 feet (15
meters). The Department of Environmental Resource Management
(DERM) has sunk it to form an artificial reef. Now it is
home to many kinds of underwater creatures like lobsters.
The wreck is covered with both hard and soft corals, spiny
oysters and sponges also grow in the area.
Belcher Barge is a 185 feet (56 meters) steel barge was sunk
in 1985. Now it lies in 60 feet (18 meters) deep. The wreck
is easy to penetrate from deferent sides. Beginner divers
will enjoy exploring the wreck and watching the abundant sea
life inhabit it.
Blue Fire is at a depth of 110 feet (33 meters). This
advanced dive site is one of the most famous dive sites in
Miami. The Blue fire was sunk in 1983, and it forms a
beautiful site for underwater photography. A wide variety of
underwater creatures can be seen in the area like jacks,
snapper, jewfish, cobia and barracuda
DEMA Trader was sunk in 2003 in 70-80 feet (21-24 meters) of
water. The 165 foot (50 meters) long ship was sunk by the
authority after being caught carrying drugs. It can be
easily penetrated from the former galley and cabin areas.
This intermediate dive site is home to abundant sea life.
Half Moon Preserve is laying at a depth of 10 feet (3
meters). The ship was built in Germany in 1908, the ship and
its crew were the first German ship to be captured by
England during the WW I. It sank in 1930 during a storm and
was dedicated as Florida's seventh Underwater Archaeological
Preserve. The site is a great spot for snorkeling and
shallow diving. The hull is covered with soft corals and
sponges. Damsel fish, angel fish along with many reef fish
inhabit the area.