Pensacola Area Dive Sites
Pensacola Florida is home to some of the Panhandles best diving sites for people of all skill levels. The gorgeous weather, warm waters and long sandy beaches provide easy access for Shore Divers wanting to explore the local artificial reefs. The bays and bayou's contain jetties and long lost shipwrecks where fish congregate in numbers. Near shore Open water divers can explore old battleships like the USS Massachusetts, Artistic pieces of work such as the Joe Patti Memorial Reef or even dive amongst the ruble of destroyed bridges. For the more advanced divers there are sunken battle tanks, airplanes, tug boats, barges and wrecks who's locations have long since been forgotten. There are passports for shipwreck trail available at most dive centers and charters will gladly take you out to explore the wrecks, while stamping your passport to help you keep track of visited sites. For those people who are more technically inclined the USS Oriskany is an aircraft carrier sunk in deeper waters and it is here where divers occasional have the opportunity to dive with the giants. Whale sharks and giant manta rays are encountered here and often seen by divers both entering and exiting the water. In the bays and sounds Manatees are often seen in the fall and every winter you'll see the call to look for stunned sea turtles. Offshore you will probably encounter the Goliath grouper weighing upwards of 600 pounds or perhaps a tiny seahorse or even a one of the many sea turtles that frequently visit our wrecks.