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Favourite local diving spots

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Heka, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. Kyle0692

    Kyle0692 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NE Florida
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    For me it would be the reefs and wrecks in south Florida. Living in NE Florida, these are all 3-4 hrs from me. Most of the time I make long day trips during the week or weekends. I love going during the week when I can get a day off - the boats are usually pretty empty and the dives are laid back because no one is in a hurry!

    My favorite reefs are in the Jupiter/West Palm Beach areas. Jupiter for the larger critters, sharks, goliaths, rays, and West Palm for the larger populations of fish on the reefs. The reefs in West Palm/Boynton are the best in Florida in my opinion; but I do love Molasses reef in Key Largo (not local, but great nontheless)!

    For wrecks, Pompano Beach is hard to beat. Wrecks for all skill levels down there from the SS Copenhagen in 20ish feet of water to your deeper technical wrecks. My favorite wreck that I have dove down there so far is the Jim Atria. Now that I am tech certified, I am looking forward to diving some of the deeper wrecks like the Hydro Atlantic / Miller Lite.
     
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  2. Heka

    Heka Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Finland
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    Great photo of the Goliath! I haven't ever seen one, how big they usually are in your region?
     
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  3. Kyle0692

    Kyle0692 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NE Florida
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    Usually 4-5 feet long, several hundred pounds. Below is a video I made after an incredible dive down at Jupiter when they were spawning back in August of 2018. The spawning months are best in August/September. It is quite the sight to see 30-40 goliaths all around you!

    Kyle

     
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  4. Lt CHEG

    Lt CHEG Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Rensselaer County, NY
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    Just about all of my local diving takes place in Lake George, NY. Thankfully it’s a 26 mile long lake that’s as deep as 200’ in spots and has a number of small wrecks and other interesting things in it. It’s actually a really nice place to dive and I’m fortunate to be less than an hour away from it.
     
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  5. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
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    I'm still looking. The Lake George sites that can be dove from shore have pretty poor visability. This summer I'm going to try using a hand truck or wagon to get my gear down to Shelving Rock. Snorkeling was pretty good there. Other than that you need to dive from a boat on LG.
     
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  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    My departure from the Capital District also coincided with my increase in diving.
     
  7. DogDiver

    DogDiver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Branford, Florida
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    CoCo View Resort Roatan.
     
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  8. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    How is that "local" for your listing of Florida as "home"?
     
  9. DogDiver

    DogDiver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Branford, Florida
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    Because I only have to drive 75 miles to Jacksonville airport. Lol
     
  10. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    I'm fortunate to live near some of the best diving in Southern California, the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Although visibility is often lacking, we have more invertebrate life than the Channel Islands and the California Wreckfish (Giant Sea Bass) allow us to be within inches.
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