Palm Beach, Florida
Airports: Palm Beach is accessible by flying into either PBI (Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL, 45 Min South), or Miami International Airport (MIA, 90 Min South). Orlando International Airport (MCO) is 2.5 hours Northwest.
Currency: Palm Beach is part of the United States, and therefore uses the US Dollar.
Climate: Palm Beach enjoys year round warm weather with average winter highs in the mid 70s, and average lows in the mid 60s. The normal water temperatures are from the mid 80s to the mid 70s. The coldest months will average in the low 70s.
Language: English is the official language of the United States.
Fed by the Gulfstream’s rich currents, Palm Beach County waters host an abundance and diversity of marine life that rivals anything in the Atlantic or Caribbean. Over 300 species of fish life and several thousand species of coral, sponge, and other invertebrate life are found here. Our reefs are home to huge schools of spadefish, snappers and grunts, rays, several species of turtles, including the huge loggerheads, green and spotted moray eels, spiny lobsters, and nurse sharks to name but a few. In addition to the many miles of natural reef, our wreck and artificial reef system attracts goliath grouper, barracuda and reef, lemon and bull sharks, and provides alternative habitat for juveniles of all species.
Water temperatures are warm and exceptionally comfortable for year-round diving. All of your diving is Drift Diving. This is due to the Gulf Streams close proximity to the shores of West Palm Beach.
The following is the list of the top dive sites in West Palm Beach:
Juno Ledge- This is a long reef with a ledge ranging up to 20 ft. At the top of the reef the depth is 70ft, and about 90 ft at the bottom. This is a great dive with Sharks, Turtles, Goliath Groupers, and much more to see.
Shark Canyon- This area is home to many Caribbean reef sharks. It has a top ledge in 73 ft, and a bottom ledge in 90 ft. This is a beautiful reef with much to see. Turtles also frequent this reef, and a large Goliath Grouper lives on the deep ledge near the beginning of the dive.
Jolly Jacks- This is a very nice reef in 65-80 ft of water. This is a primary spot for finding lobster. This is also one of the reefs that the Nurse Sharks frequent during their breeding season
The Corridor- One of the older wreck sites in Palm Beach it is mature with marine life. It serves as a home to as many as 8 Goliath Groupers. The drift site consists of four different wrecks. Turtles, eels, large schools of fish, and rays are often seen here.
Princess Anne- Another wreck site that rests in 100ft of water. This wreck is full of marine life and is one of the few spots that we see Bull Sharks. This is a good spot to search for shark’s teeth on the deck of the wreck.
South Double Ledges- This is another double ledged site that runs from 65ft on top to 93 ft on the bottom ledge. This breathtaking site is great for viewing a wide variety of marine life. Huge schools of fish, beautiful Angels, eels, lobsters, sting rays, sharks, turtles, and much more.
North Breakers and Turtle Mound- A shallower dive site with depths running from 44-60ft. With a vast array of colors from sea fans, coral, huge barrel sponges, craps, Christmas tree worms, lobster, shrimp, huge schools of fish, turtles, eels, rays, Nurse sharks and to many more to list. On the top of the reef is a huge field of soft coral, sea grasses and fans.
Flower Garden- If you are into macro photography, this is the site for you. With an average depth of 55ft, you can get a great amount of bottom time here. You´ll enter the “Fish Bowl” area and be amazed at how many fish can actually squeeze into a small area
The Trench- This is a man made dive site that was cut through the reef many, many years ago. The trench is approximately 15ft wide and runs east-west with a nice 6ft ledge on both sides. The trench serves as a home to a large green moray eel, and turtles. Maximum depth is 60 ft.
Paul’s Reef- This is our farthest dive site to the south. It ranges from 44-60 feet and has a double ledged structure. With the top ledge providing an abundance of marine life, and the lower edge home to huge sting rays, cobia, snook and nurse sharks, this is a very unique site. We also have a local Hammerhead that is sighted in this area from time to time.
Phil Foster Park (The Bridge)- The Bridge is is a divesite that is known worldwide for its photo opportunities (mostly Macro). The site is generally 20 ft or less. It’s the wide variety of sea life that brings people here. This is also a popular training site due to the depth. The Bridge is significantly affected by the tides. As a result, you can only dive at high tide. For more information on Phil Foster Park, CLICK HERE