There are over 200 ship wrecks in the area providing homes to some of the largest goliath groupers, beautiful corals, and fish. Many are natural wrecks and some have been put down as artificial reefs to help give the fish a home when many of the coral reefs are getting damaged. The reefs of South Florida are superb! They are healthy and thriving in most areas. In the Greater Fort Lauderdale area in particular, our reef system is very unique. You can book a trip to dive them daily.
The 240' Dutch freighter was sunk in 1987as part of the the Broward County Artificial Reef Program. She has shifted position over the years as she is large and storms have been tough. She used to be totally lying on her port side, but In 1992, Hurricane Andrew moved her to 132' and into a more upright position. She has 2 large masts and they are still attached. As she is deep, she is covered with corals, sponges and fans. She is great for photographers, advanced and tech divers. The cargo hold is home to large schools of fish, Glass Sweepers, jacks, snappers, and grunts.
The wreck of the Guy Harvey is 185' long and was set down on May 18, 1997 graciously by Guy Harvey and the Pompano Fishing Rodeo. While being prepared to be sunk, wildlife artist Guy Harvey painted a beautiful mural on the side of the wreck featuring tuna, sharks, sailfish and grouper. For the first year you could dive and see his painting set against the backdrop of the ocean, but now it is mostly covered with coral and algae. This is an advanced dive, great for technical diving and super penetration.
This 170-foot supply Vessel was sunk in 142 feet on June, 06 2009. Many people got to watch her sink, and cameras were put on her masts to record the sinking from the wreck. She is still pretty young as wrecks go, and she is not covered with as much beautiful corals as other wrecks because she was cleanly stripped of anything that could be considered hazardous wen diving, but she is a very interesting dive. At 110' there is a 14' statue of an angel. Advanced divers only recommended!
This again is a Western facing ledge. It is called the ants bed because at the north end of the reef top is peppered with holes and crevices, and it looks like it should be inhabited by an underwater colony. You are on the North West apart of the ledge where you can turn around and hit the other ledge on the way back. Loads of fishlife, good lobstering.
This 200' a German refrigerator cargo vessel was sunk in 1987. She is a deep wreck and below recreational limits. She also lies close to the inlet, is covered with fishing line, and loads of fish-life. Divers with tech certification will love this wreck. She is very well intact, completely encrusted with coral, and penetration is very good on this wreck. Sea fans rim the railings. You can enter through several blow holes on her sides. She is open and airy and easy to get around. You can easily drop down though her center.
This wreck sank naturally in a storm on December 7, 1987 just outside of the Boca Inlet. The ship was under tow to be used for salvage. She is a massive wreck, a 320 feet long freighter. Fish are everywhere! A huge crane creates an awesome silhouette at mid ship. The winch is still on the bow and the engine room is fun to explore as it is still intact, there are cables and rigging everywhere. The deck is littered with equipment. Swim down the stairs into the lower deck, the passageways are narrow though. The main deck is at 150 feet, so, this is for sure an advanced dive!
This 150-foot Freighter built in in 1848 and was sunk May,12 1995. This wreck isia former dredge barge, sunk by the Broward County Artificial Reefs Program. She is a large wreck with a lot of debris on the main decks. There are lots of uprights and masts still standing erect. Extensive colors cover the railings and all surfaces. This is a deep dive for experienced fivers. This is a massive wreck so plan to spend some time exploring it.
This deep wreck was sunk on March 31, 1984. She is a 420' freighter and is a massive sight under water. Even on tri-mix you will not get through her on one dive, and you shouldn't try. She is beautiful and you should make several dives on her. You MUST be careful though as she is covered with fishing line from years of use. She sits upright with the tallest part in 160' and has huge cargo holds. She is covered with coals and loads of fish!
A 200' Freighter was sunk in 1996 by the Pompano Fishing Rodeo. She is fairly intact with a great structure good for penetration. Beams and railings are totally covered with corals. You can make out the ladders and see cascading corals coming down them. The engine room is nice and clean. Because of her depth, we recommend this for tech divers only.
Ronald B. Johnson Vietnam Veterans Reef: This dive is a BOGO dive. You get 2 wrecks for the price of one. The RBJ, 226-foot long freighter, lies across the body of another wreck, the Corey N Chris, a 130' long dredge. It was a total accident how this happened. The Corey was sunk on May 18, 1986, through the efforts of the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, Inc. and Broward County. The RBJ was sunk May 15, 1988 and ended up on top of the Corys perpendicular to it on an angle so the rear sits on the sand at 270'. This is an advanced technical dive based on depth and the typically strong currents.