REEF DIVE BOCA RATON / DEERFIELD BEACH / POMPANO BEACH / FORT LAUDERDALE
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Lat 26 31.122N & 80 01.942W. Location: about 1.65 mile South of Boynton Inlet, .0.8 mile offshore. The Vo-nes Reef at a depth of 55 to 60 ft on patchy reef inside, rising irregularly to 45 ft on top and sloping down to 70ft outside is a excellent ledge with lots of growth and intense marine life. The inside ledge has a lot of holes creating a perfect place for lobsters, snapper, parrot fish, angel fish, chub, jacks and other marines critters to stay away from predators. It also has a cave of about 10ft deep and 4 wide. Huge sponges, seawhips and seafans are everywhere.
BOYNTON LEDGE CAVE
Lat/Long 26 31.011N & 80 01.938W. Location: 1.6 miles south of the Boynton Inlet, North of the Boynton Ledge. The Boynton Ledge Cave at a depth of about 48 on top and 60 in sand inside ledge and North end of the ledge with 12 high and within the re-entrant has cavelike overhangs, big enough for several divers. Many reef invertebrates and great variety of fish, seawhips, sponges, seafans, corals, anemones, shrimp are common site in the area. Also a variety of tropical fish can be found.
Lat/Long: 26 30.698N &80 02.009W. Location: 2 miles South of Boynton Inlet and about .5 mile offshore. At a depth of 60 ft in sand to W. 46 ft on top, the Kronens Ledge has an abundance of tropical fish. Yellow-headed jawfish live in their holes in the sand. With holes on top to provide great hiring spots for a variety of marine critters, it makes a good lobster reef.
Lat/Long: 26 30.187 N &80 02.122W. Location: 21/2 miles South of Boynton Inlet, a mile offshore on the third reef. The Tumbled Rocks at a depth of 69ft in sand inside, rising about 12 ft. to 55ft. at the edge and sloping to 48 to 50ft. on top. It is absolutely gorgeous. The Tumbled Rocks is exactly that, large blocks of rock broken off the face of the reef and tumbled into the sand to the W. like much of this area . There are huge barrel sponges, seawhips and seafans, lots of invertebrates, fish of all kind in abundance.
Lat 26 24.30 Lon 80 03.80Approximately four miles north of the Boca Inlet. An impressive 15-toe 20 foot ledge starting at 50 feet and dropping to 65 feet. This site has became popular because of the resident population of Caribbean reef sharks. A shark sighting can be expected on every dive.
TONGUE OF THE REEF
Lat/Long: 26 29.638 N & 80 02.298 W. Location: about 1 mile seaward of the Gulfstream Golf Club and 3 miles South of Boynton Inlet. The Tongue of the reef at a depth of 63 ft. at the bottom, rising 7 to 10 ft. to approximately 50 ft., with an upper step several ft. high and 48 ft. deep on top.
A tongue of reef extending shoreward from the main N-S reef is what gives the name to the reef. There is a steep edge, many undercuts and some double ledges with holes in them forming skylights. A wide variety of reef fish and invertebrates, sea whips, fans and sponges are part of the reef.
Lat/Long: 26 29.408 &80 02.334 W.
Location: Seaward of buff Gulfstream Golf Clubhouse, 3 miles South of Boynton Inlet.
The Boynton Ledge is at a depth of 60 ft to 65 ft in sand, 50 to 55 ft on top. Because of ledges and caves and many hiding places it has baitfish, groupers, snapper, jacks, barracuda, yellowtail, amberjack and hogfish, plenty of tropical fish and it is also a beautiful spot for corals, sea whips, sea fans and sponges.
BOYNTON LEDGE COMB
Lat/long: 26 29.128 N and 80 02.341 W.
Location: On the third reef, 3.5 miles South of Boynton Inlet, mile offshore. Boynton Ledge Comb is at a depth of 70ft. in the sand to west, 80ft to the East, rising in steps to 55 ft. on top of the reef. The name ledge comb comes from the outside edge slopes having steep and narrow spurs, like the teeth of a comb. The top of the reef is lush with pretty soft corals, a wide variety of sport and tropical fish are found along the cliff and in the spurs; sponges, corals and gorgonians are plenty and gorgeous.
Lat/Long: 26 28.655 N & 80 02.375 W.
Location: a few 100ft. SW of the Budweiser Bar wreck on the 87ft. contour. About 4 miles south of .Boynton Inlet, at a depth of 86ft. on sand. Culvert high spot is about 74 ft. high. Some culverts stick up 5 to 12 ft.
The Genesis Reef is formed of 2100 tons of 3 to 8 ft. diameter concrete culverts. Some stand upright from 8 to 12 ft., also rubble and culvert junction boxes are found scattered in a block long site. There is lots of place to hide. Expect to see cobia, grouper, hogfish, snappers, grunts, crustaceans, shellfish and lots of invertebrates encrusted in the concrete.
Lat/Long: 26 28.199 N & 80 02.586 W. Location: off the North end of Delray Public Beach. Hobie Ledge at a depth of 60 ft in the sand and rising to 43ft. on top is called Hobie because it is located directly out from where Delray residents store and launch their Hobie Cats from the beach. This ledge offers a great spot for day or night dive; it is 12 ft. high in many spots. Yellow tails are abundant; also snappers and nurse sharks are a common site.
DELRAY SNAPPER HOLE
Lat/Long: 26 27.904N & 80 02.657 W.
Location: off the Delray Public Beach, 3,5 miles south of Boynton Inlet.
The Delray Snapper Hole at 65 ft. in sand, with slopes up to 50 ft. on the edge and up to 45 ft on the crest is one of the most beautiful dive sites on the Palm Beach county reef. The large broken holes forming caves are big enough to swim into it. The abundance of marine life is breathtaking; snappers, hogfish, barracuda, groupers and jacks can be seen here. Tropical fish, invertebrates are everywhere. Lobsters also can be found here. It makes an excellent spot for underwater photography.
SEAGATE GROUPER HOLE
Lat/Long: 26 27.230 N & 80 02.780 W.
Location: Off the South end of the Delray Public Beach. The Seagate Grouper Hole at a depth of 65 to West, 60 in the hole and 50 on top, has a wide variety of tropical fish, nurse shark and barracuda. A great deal of soft coral and sponges. The reef has rock spur projecting across part of opening, with sand , coral rubble and rock blocks in the hole.
FINKS GROUPER HOLE
Lat/Long: 26 24.695 North and 80 03.081 West.
Location: Directly seaward of the large Highland Beach Water tower and 4 miles North of Boca Inlet. The depth is of 68 to 70 on the sand, sloping up to 51 on the edge at high tide, with mostly sleep ledges and some step ledges. Here we find lobsters, grouper, snapper and grunts and a wide variety of tropical fish. This spot makes a very good dive.
EMPTY THEATER REEF
Lat/Long: 26 27.904N & 80 02.657 W.
Location just off Boca Raton at 140 feet deep one quarter mile north of Boca Inlet. One s of deepest reef in the area with ledge as High as 9 feet. The size of reef is about 70 yards and have peculiar passage on north side where is like 6 feet in diameter arch (see Pictures). Because of depth there isnt much of marine life but one dive I saw two good size nurse sharks and some small hogfish. I personally like the dive and want to visit these innumerous times. Please take a look on some pictures where I did dive with Hugh Henderson and Domingos Souza (Lambada Dive Team).
Lat 26 22.48 Lon 80 03.34
Approximately three miles north of the Boca Inlet. A great section of the third reef line with depths from 45 to 65 feet. Caves and overhangs attract an abundance of sea life. This is a hot night dive with plenty of invertebrates and fish. Octopuses and squid are usually about.
BOCA NORTH BEACH LEDGE
Lat 26 21.939 Lon 80 03.289
Seaward of Boca Radar Tower, about 1 mile north of the Boca South Beach Pavilion. The North Beach Ledge is 10 to 15 feet long, in 60 feet of water. Sea whips, sea fans, sponges and hard corals top the ledge, while caves and overhangs provide food and cover for marine life. Moray eels grow to six feet here, and lobster abound during the winter months. Anchor on the edge, go north, and then return to the anchor. Fly your dive flag here!
BOCA OUTFALL TRENCH
Lat 26 21.020 Lon 80 03.320
Approximately of a mile due east of Palmetto Park Beach Pavilion. The trench is a man-made 10 to 15-foot east/west cut through the third reef line. Depths range from 45 to 70 feet on the inside ledge and to 90 feet on the outside. Lobster, grouper, nurse shark and hogfish are common. This reef is noted for moray.
BOCA ARTIFICIAL REEF LEDGE
Lat 26 19.680 Lon 80 03.589
Just south of Boca Inlet, approximately of a mile offshore. This is a popular artificial reef area adjacent to natural rock ledges. Depth to the sand is 70 feet. This is an excellent diving site, however, currents can be strong!
ANGELS' REEF (SEPARATED ROCKS)
Lat 26 18.780 Lon 80 03.979
Located South of Deerfield pier off the south end of the public Beach. Nice ledge on the second reef line provides excellent cove for lobsters and morays. It is 45 feet to the sand and 40 feet on top of the ledge. In this Reef we sunk two Angels statue with two plates on them. The first angels plaque be dedicated to James Spencer Hyde a friend of Dixie Divers who went on many spearfishing trips with us. Unfortunately, Spencer had an accident in November 2001 and is no longer with us. We will miss him. The second angel is dedicated to the friendship of all the divers of Deerfield Beach. The plaque reads Make friends with angels who though invisible are always with you a statement from the Saint Francisco Arsis an 18th century monk. This is our scuba angel with a full set of gear, he is ready to help if we need him. Both angels are approximately 5ft tall and 2ft by 2ft round, weighting almost 900 pounds. More information about the Angles please click here.
The original Barefoot Mailman statue (seen here) has been prepped to be placed on the ocean floor as an artificial reef and dive destination. The statue was created in 1973 and placed in front of the Barefoot Mailman Hotel on Hillsboro Beach.
Later it was placed on the hotel roof.
When the hotel closed in the 80s, the statue was acquired by the city of Hillsboro and placed in front of the town hall.
Eventually a new, bigger version was created and this original statue was moved to the U.S. Coast Guard grounds next to the Hillsboro Lighthouse at the Hillsboro Inlet.
Over time, the salt spray and corrosive environment damaged the statue considerably and in 2012 it was again replaced, this time by a new, larger version made of bronze.
Finally, the old, worn statue was acquired by a local dive shop, Dixie Divers. They had it restored and prepared to be deposited under the sea.
Pavan Arilton and Bruce Clarkson as you see the Barefoot Mailman is doing very well with already a fine cover of green algae.
Lat 26 18.042 Lon 80 04.096
A mile and a half north of the Hillsboro Inlet. A 5- to 8-foot ledge in depths from 34 to 40 feet. This is a great shallow dive. Because it is located just outside the Inlet, there is not a long wait between suiting up and diving.
Laser Scan view of the Reef.
Lat 26 16.46 Lon 80 04.24
Seaward os Hillsboro Landmark Condo, 1 mile north of Inlet.
The top of this reef is in 35 feet of water and reaches to a sandy bottom at 45 feet. This is a nice beginner's reef since it is relatively close to shore, easy to find, and contains an excellent variety of fish and invertebrate life. The inside edge is full of holes. Lobsters, snapper and grouper can be found.
Lat 26 16.261 Lon 80 03.849
Just northeast of the Hillsboro Inlet. The best section of this 6- to 8-foot line faces west. Depths are 45 feet on top and 50 to 55 feet in the sand. This is a good spot for lobster and hogfish with plenty of tropicals.
POMPANO BEACH - FORT LAUDERDALE
Lat 26 14.49 Lon 80 04.89
Located on the first reef line, about a quarter mile offshore and 3/4 of a mile north on the Pompano Pier, and the same distance south of the Hillsboro Inlet.
Depths vary from 10 to 18 feet on Suzanne's reef, with the ledge from one to five feet in height. The outflow from the inlet often lowers visibility in the area
POMPANO THIRD REEF RIDGE
Lat 26 13.66 Lon 80 04.17
Located 1-1/2 miles east-southeast of the Pompano Pier and straight out from the blue water tower. Visibility is usually good along the outside edge of the reef line. It is a popular area for underwater photography. Basket sponges line the top of the ridge, while multicolored sea fans, sea whips and others soft corals cover the outer edges. Grouper, barracuda, and chubs swim through the undercuts. This area can be subject to strong currents at times, so use caution.
POMPANO LEDGE MOORINGS
North - Lat 26 14.05 Lon 80 04.95
South - Lat 26 11.05 Lon 80 05.09
Located about 1/2 mile due east of the large blue water tower on Pompano. The site is marked by 34 moorings. This large, flat, rocky reef starts just 15 feet below the surface, and drops to just over 30 feet on the outside. Like most of the areas close to shore, visibility can be poor, but, when conditions are right, this is a hot dive and there is little problem with currents. There are plenty tropical fish, including a large colony of sailfin blennies living in rocks on the sand just east of the ridge.
Lat 26 12.349 Lon 80 05.108
About 1/2 mile due east of the large blue water tower on Pompano. Scattered wreckage lies between Pompano Ledge buoys # 3& 4. The 325-foot single screw steamer Copenhagen was built in 1898 just two years before she ran aground on the rock ledge out from Pompano. She was carring a cargo of coal to Havana at the time of mishap. This is one of Florida's favorite historical shipwreck dives.
HALL OF FAME MOORINGS
North Lat 26 11.68 Long 80 05.08
South Lat 26 11.43 Lon 80 05.11
Located 6 miles north of Port Everglades Cut. Just out from and slightly north of the Angling Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. A nice ledge system marked by nine buoys. Depths vary from 15 on top to 30 feet in the sand. There are plenty of ledge and undercuts to hide an abundance of sea life.
Lat 26 11.3928 Lon 80 04.3609
ANGLIN PIER LEDGE
Located 6 miles north of Port Everglades Cut. A mile and quarter out from Angling Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. A nice of ledge blocks on the third reef line with depths to 60 feet. Plenty of fish make their home here, along with sea turtles, morays and lobster.
OAKLAND RIDGE MOORINGS
North - Lat 26 09.47
South Lat 26 09.02 Lon 80 05.39
About 3 miles north of the Port Everglades Inlet. A series of 15 moorings mark an excellent ledge in 18 to 28 feet of water. Several caves filled with glassy sweepers and snook often rest under ledges here.
OSBORNE ARTIFICIAL REEF
Lat 26 08.81 Lon 80 05.00
Located 1-1/4 miles east of Sunrise Boulevard. This large artificial reef is made up of wreckage of an old 60-foot barge, tires and concrete erojacks and culverts. Osborne, established in the 1970's is a well developed marine ecosystem. It supports an abundance of fish life.
THE CAVES/TWIN LEDGE CLIPPER
North - Lat 26 07.75 Lon 80 05.46
South - Lat 26 07.48 Lon 80 05.51
Located about 2 miles north from the Port Everglades Inlet. A system of 16 moorings mark a broken ledge varying in depth from 20 to 30 feet.
YANKEE CLIPPER EROJACK REEF
Lat 26 05.88 Lon 80 05.00
Located east of the Yankee Clipper Hotel, one mile north of the Port Everglades Inlet. A huge pile of four-foot concrete jacks runs east and west in 15 to 20 feet of water, creating a home for a multitude of sea life. An advanced life cycle has developed within the long pile. Be sure to check out the surrounding patch reef and sand flat communities for a different set of marine creatures.
Lat 26 05.88 Lon 80 05.00
Located one mile from the beach on the third reef, 1-1/4 miles northeast from the Port Everglades Inlet. This is a very pronounced ledge, starting in 50 feet of water and dropping to 65 feet in the sand. The ledge is picturesque, with caves and crevices. The area is covered with a large variety of soft and hard corals.