Love wreck diving, or in search of a singular strategy to earn your PADI® Wreck Diver Specialty? Florida’s panhandle shipwreck path provides nice wreck diving for all expertise ranges and the chance for a enjoyable street journey.
There are greater than 40 diveable wrecks alongside Florida’s gulf coast. The official shipwreck path consists of 12 of one of the best, together with the USS Oriskany, the world’s largest synthetic reef.
Begin in Pensacola, proceed by way of Destin and Panama Metropolis and end in Port St. Joe. Or, discover in the other way, ending with the “Mighty O.”
USS Oriskany – aka The Nice Service Reef
The “Mighty O,” served within the Korean and Vietnam Conflict earlier than venturing to its remaining resting place off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. When this Essex-class service turned the world’s largest synthetic reef in 2006, it made worldwide information.
The good service reef begins at roughly 24 metres/80 ft. There’s lots to see inside leisure limits, however if you wish to discover the flight deck or under, you’ll need special training. The underside of the Oriskany sits in roughly 64 metres/212 ft of water.
Panhandle Shipwreck Path Enjoyable Information:
- Largest ship – USS Oriskany 270m/888ft
- Oldest wreck – The Vamar, sunk in 1942
- Most mysterious – The San Pablo
San Pablo Wreck
The San Pablo’s bland beginnings belie her uncommon finish. The ship spent a lot of her profession as a fruit transport ship, shifting bananas from Central America to america.
After being sunk by a German U-Boat off Costa Rica in WWII, the wreck was salvaged and refloated. In accordance with recently-declassified paperwork, the ship turned a part of an experimental weapons test by the U.S. army.
The Wreck of The Vamar
The Vamar once ventured as far as Antarctica, however she’s since retired to hotter water off the coast of Port St. Joe. The wreck’s shallow depth (simply eight metres/25 ft of water) makes it splendid for divers of all ranges and a great spot to follow your marine animal images expertise.
Dive All 12 Wrecks, Get a Free T-Shirt
In case you want another reason to dive the shipwreck path, there’s a prize for visiting all 12 wrecks – a free t-shirt. Request a free passport from one of many collaborating dive outlets under, and whenever you’ve logged a dive on every wreck, you will get a free t-shirt (whereas provides final).
Port St. Joe
Daly’s Dock & Dive Center
The free, logbook-style passport consists of details about every wreck and a spot for the dive operator to validate your go to. You don’t should dive all of the wrecks in a single go. You'll be able to discover a couple of at a time till you full all the passport. Once you’re accomplished, submit your passport for a free t-shirt and certification card.
Learn concerning the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail.