Florida Keys Wreck Diving
Wreck Diving the Key Dives Way!
As all our current divers know, we offer an unmatched level of service and safety. We now make available to you all the best wreck dives of the Upper Keys.
We recommend for all who dive our wrecks do so with Nitrox to increase your bottom time up to 50%. If you are not a Nitrox diver, this can be accomplished in just a couple hours for only $100!
Eagle Wreck: The Eagle is a freighter that was obtained by the Eagle Tire Company after a fire rendered it no longer useful for cargo transport. Sunk off Islamorada in 1985 with a depth range from 65’ – 110’ the Eagle has become an amazing artificial reef and heralded as one of the top wreck dives in the world.
In 1998 hurricane Georges broke the ship in half giving divers easy access to the hiding place for a multitude of fish. A smokestack, crow’s nest and mast are all intact.
In and around the wreck you will find goliath grouper, horse-eye jacks, amberjack, spadefish, turtles, eels, blue and rainbow runners, sharks and much more.
USCG Duane: The USCG Duane is a 329-foot cutter that was decommissioned on August 1st, 1985, as the oldest active U.S. military vessel. The ship was intentionally sunk on November 27, 1987, to create an artificial reef. The Duane lies outside of the reef line and can have a strong current. However, these currents are what attract some of the best fish life you may ever see.
Many consider the Duane to be the perfect wreck dive. Before sinking, the ship’s hatches were opened and the holds pumped full of water to sink the ship. The Duane sits upright on the sandy bottom with a depth range between 70’ – 120’. On clear days the outline of the hull can be seen from far above. The hull structure is completely intact with the original rudders, screws, railings, ladders and ports.
At the edge of the Gulfstream the Duane is a thrilling opportunity for divers to see large numbers of big game fish including grouper, horse-eye and amber jack, schooling barracuda, bull and hammerhead sharks, eagle rays and even the occasional whale shark.
USS Spiegel Grove: At the time of her sinking in 2002, at 510’ she was largest vessel ever intentionally sunk. To give a better visual understanding of the immensity of this ship, she is roughly equivalent in length to two football fields.
Depths range from 60 to 130 feet with the majority of the ship lying between 80 and 90 feet.
The sinking of the Spiegel Grove is an extraordinary tale. Her sinking was scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2002 at approximately 2:00pm. However, she had a mind of her own and prematurely began to sink, rolled over, and remained upside down for several days with her bow protruding from the water. A salvage team managed to fully sink the vessel three weeks later, but she came to rest on her starboard side rather than keel-up as hoped. Later efforts to right the ship failed despite the best efforts of all involved, including two very determined tugs. Then three years later, much to the surprise of the entire diving community, Hurricane Dennis righted the 510-foot ship with seas over 20 feet and a driving current. She know rests keel-up, fully dignified and ready for new adventures!
In addition to many areas of safe entry, divers will delight at the site of all sorts of jacks, parrot fish, goliath grouper, barracuda and a large variety of reef fish.