Scuba diving in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach diving offers you a great diving experience.
The strong current brings crystal clear, warm water large amounts
of marine life to the area. Palm Beach has two reef systems
running parallel to the coastline, covered with hundreds years
old coral beds and limestone ledges. The area also has the largest
sea turtles population in Florida among
many other kinds of
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
West Palm Beach 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 27°C. (70°
F and 82° F)
Average Water surface temperature: Between from 22° C
to 25° C (72°F to77°F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 60
and 100 feet (18 to 30 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
West Palm Beach is not rich in marine life only but in gold
and silver too; many divers found gold and silver while diving,
two of the ship wrecks were Spanish ships transporting treasures.
Palm Beach dive sites are home to the second largest nesting
beach, hawksbill, loggerhead turtles, green turtles and giant
leatherbacks are spotted in its dive sites. Many ships were
sunk to form West Palm Beach artificial reef system, the wrecks
made a very interesting dive spots. You will defiantly have
a new experience to have exchange divers gathering in
Beach diving Clubs.
Some of Palm Beach dive sites.
Amarilys was sunk to be part of Palm Beach artificial
reef program. Now it lies in 70 - 90 feet (21 - 27 meters) of
water. The wreck is covered with corals and home to schools
of fish including jacks and snapper as well as cobia, snook,
Bath & Tennis is a colorful site at a depth of 50 - 65
feet (15 - 20 meters). Schools of fish and lobsters inhabit
the broken edges and stretches of ridges.
Breaker's Shallow is located just 3 miles (5 km) south
from the Palm Beach Inlet 30 - 35 feet (9 - 11 meters). The
site in known for the vertical wall rises from 30 to 20 (9 to
6 meters). The reef is covered with soft and hard coral and
home to abundant of sea life.
Cable Crossing is at a depth of 20 - 30 feet (6 - 9 meters).
The reef consists of many mini caves; the caves are home to
abundant sea life seeking shelter. The site is suitable for
beginner divers and Snorklers as well.
Eidsvag & Owens are two wrecks sunk in 1985 to become
an artificial reef. Now Eidsvag & Owens the150-foot (45 meters)
and 125 foot (38 meters) freighters lie in 80 - 90 feet (24
- 27 meters) of water. The wrecks are covered by algae, small
sponges, corals, and tiny gorgonians. Divers can swim through
the ships holes.
Flower Gardens is a beautiful shallow reef with the most
amazing flora and fauna. The ledge is at a depth of 50 - 70
feet (15 - 21 meters). It has large amounts of sea life, sponges,
corals and schools of grunts can be seen in the site.
Gilbert Sea is now part of Governor's Riverwalk Reef.
It lies in 75 - 90 feet (23 - 27 meters) of water. The reef
is a haven for tropical and game fish also it is covered with
many kinds of coral.
Paul's Reef is one of the most enjoyable drift diving
sites. It is at a depth of 45 - 55 feet (14 - 17 meters). The
ledge is covered in many species of gorgonians, sponges, and
coral. The reef is home to many kinds of tropical fish. The
site is great for night dives, large parrot fish, turtles, and
sharks are spotted sleeping.
Princess Anne is one of the best dive sites in the United
State. A vessel was sunk in 1993 at a depth of 80 - 100 feet
(24 - 30 meters). The site is home to plenty of sea life such
as schools of jacks, barracuda, and shark. The wreck is the
best place for multilevel dives, and is covered with colorful
The Trench / Outfall Trench is also known as Moray
Alley. The reef is at a depth of 50 - 60 feet (15 - 18 meters).
Divers can explore all the holes to see the abundant sea life
in the area. The reef is covered with both soft and hard corals.
The site is famous for the abundance of moray eels living there;
green, spotted purplemouth, and goldentail eels.