Park West Reef
The Park West Reef consist of various size concrete reef balls and other concrete structures which attract a wide array of small tropical marine life. The site is very easy to locate because the corners of the reef are marked by large pylons which stand well above the water line.
Diving the Park West Reef
The pylons are exactly 100′ apart and make up a square. The depth is roughly 8′-14′ with the reef balls sitting approximately 6′-8′ below the surface. Because of the location in Pensacola Bay, visibility is generally in the 5-10′ range but can be over 15-20′ when conditions are right. This site is generally not subject to strong currents because of it’s location.
The best conditions for diving are when it is calm with little current (green flag).
Important Reef Info
- Florida law requires use of Divers-Down Flag for diving or snorkeling and divers must make a reasonable effort to stay within 100′ of dive flag.
- No lifeguards on duty. Be aware of boat traffic, hazardous marine life, and potentially dangerous wave action and currents.
- Alway dive with a buddy, NEVER ALONE!
- Personal floatation device or buoyancy aid strongly recommended for snorkelers.
- Snorkelers and Divers should adhere to beach warning flags.
- GREEN FLAG – Low hazard/Generally calm conditions.
- YELLOW FLAG – Medium hazard/Moderate surf and/or currents
- RED FLAG – High hazard/High Surf and/or strong currents
- PURPLE FLAG – Hazardous Marine Life (generally jellyfish in late summer months)
Getting to the Park West Reef
Park West Reef is just before entrance to Fort Pickens Park on Fort Pickens Road. Located in Pensacola Bay, it should be easy to spot the large pylons that mark corners of the reef area.
Marine life seen around the Park West Reef
When diving the reef you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
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There are many other types of marine life that are around the reef, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.