Morning 2-Tank Reef & Wreck Scuba Dive

This exciting Key West morning scuba dive lets you explore the General Vandenberg, the Keys’ largest wreck and the world’s second largest artificial reef.

Highlights

  • Dive safely with an experienced crew and professional guides
  • Enjoy clean restrooms and fresh water showers on a high-speed custom dive boat
  • Descend 100 feet to the main deck of the Vandenberg
  • Go with a guide or bring your Open-Water Advanced card and dive computer to dive independently
  • Log one of the top-rated wreck dives in the world

Description

For an unforgettable underwater adventure, start the day with a Key West morning scuba dive on the largest sunken ship in the Florida Keys. Wreck diving is a highlight of the Key West scuba diving scene and among the many wrecks scattered along the Keys, the 520-foot long General Hoyt S. Vandenberg is the star. Rated by a Scuba Diving Magazine reader poll as the number 1 wreck dive in the world, the Vandenberg is a must-see for wreck diving buffs and a perfect adventure dive for beginning and advanced divers alike.

The General Vandenberg was stripped and sunk as an artificial reef and dive site on May 27, 2009 after a successful campaign by Key West scuba diving enthusiasts and local dive captains. The Vandenberg now sits upright at 140 feet on a sand bottom 6 miles SSE of Key West. The massive size of the ship puts the main deck 100 feet down while the upper decks and super structure rise to within 47 feet of the surface. As the second largest artificial reef in the world, the ship has become home to hundreds of species of fish, coral, and other marine life forms. Although rated as an advanced dive because of the depths involved, the Vandenberg is an ideal wreck dive for groups of mixed ability levels.

This two-tank Key West morning scuba dive is open to any intermediate or advanced diver who has been diving in the past year. Open Water qualified divers must be accompanied by professional dive guides. Advanced Open Water divers can make use of guide services if desired, but divers who have their own computers may explore the wreck independently. A controlled descent along a traverse line from the main mooring line to the wreck makes it safe and easy to get down to the ship. The Vandenberg was a former troop transport ship converted to a missile tracking vessel, so beginner and intermediate divers can have a great time on a guided exploration of the satellite dishes and antennae on the ship’s superstructure. Advanced divers can descend to the main deck and access the bridge compartments for some classic wreck diving and encounters with an ever-increasing variety of marine life. For more technical information about diving on the General Vandenberg, check the Details tab above.

The waters off Key West are a diver’s paradise. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects the only living coral reef in the Continental US and keeps the local waters pristine and teeming with diverse and abundant marine life. A huge variety of colorful and unique fish and many opportunities to find great visibility keep divers from around the world coming back to Key West. Whether you are in Key West on a dedicated dive trip or just looking for a couple of fun dives during your island visit, a run out to the General Vandenberg makes for the ideal Key West morning scuba dive. Full equipment packages are available and booking is quick and easy with our 100% secure online reservation system, so come aboard for some incredible Key West wreck diving!

Schedule

  • Departure time: 8:00AM
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Check-in time: Please check-in 30 minutes before the activity start time.
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

Includes

  • Full Equipment Package includes Tanks, Weights,Weight Belt, BCD, Regulator, fins and mask
  • Tanks and Weights includes Tanks, Weights and Weight Belt
  • First Tank at the Vandenberg, second tank is a captains choice (Vandenberg, Cayman Salvage Master, Joe's Tug or a Reef)

Excludes

  • A Dive Guide is Required for Open Water Divers for a fee of $30.00 (advanced divers with Computers are not required to have a guide).
  • Gratuities (optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Proof Camera
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Bottled Water and Snacks
  • Bathing Suit
  • You may bring your own gear if you wish

Notes

  • All divers must be in good health (a Health Form will be signed at Check In)
  • Advance Purchase Recommended
  • Upon booking you will receive an instant receipt with Voucher Confirmation to follow
  • Capacity: 26

Booking Info

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Where is the check-in location for the dive?

Detailed check-in instructions will be included in your confirmation email.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before the dive begins. The exact start time will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

Where can I park?

You can park at the Hyatt Resort and Marina or on the other side of the street at other parking lots. We can't validate for parking but if you enjoy lunch or a beverage at the Hyatt Bar or Restaurant, parking is free.

Can you pick us up from the airport?

Currently, we do not provide transportation from the airport.

Where is the reef?

The Florida Keys host the Third Largest Barrier Reef in the World as well as North America's only Living Coral Reef. With that said, our barrier reef extends from Key Biscayne to the North and travels to the south on the Atlantic side all the way to the Dry Tortuga's and Fort Jefferson. There is over 210 miles in total length of reef. If you were to dive in Key Largo and Key West you are diving on the same reef system. This reef lies approximately 5-6 miles off shore and is a half hour boat ride on the M/V Phoenix.

What are your typical dive conditions?

There are many different factors that affect our diving conditions. Summer months bring the most ideal conditions for the keys with water temperatures in the upper 80's, calmer winds/seas and clear visibility. These conditions can last well into October and November . In December we start to get cold fronts. These weather patterns bring stronger winds from the North and can create heavier seas and can lower the visibility. Spring time can also bring steady East to North East winds that again can cause wind waves and stir up visibility. We also have two different bodies of water that are constantly in motion. To the south of the keys lies the Atlantic Ocean and to the North we have the Gulf of Mexico. These two bodies of water are always in flux and can affect visibility tremendously. When The Gulf Stream Current (a warm water mass that circulates around the Caribbean) is closest we have cleaner and clearer water. When the Gulf of Mexico is on the Reef we tend to lose our visibility. The most important weather factor that you would want to keep informed about is the wind speed and direction. Strong Southerly winds can create larger seas as there is no protection from any land mass whereas wind waves from the North can be blocked by the Island chain. Our prevailing winds in the keys is North and North East Winds. So always check the wind speed and direction. Our summer squalls are short and the rain does not affect the visibility at the reef. The captain takes all of this into account and will attempt to take all divers to the clearest calmest waters possible.

What is the best time of year to dive?

The summer months from May to September are the most ideal conditions for diving in the Florida Keys.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, there is a restroom or a "head" in nautical terms. Please remember that all marine toilets have smaller plumbing and do not act like toilets on land. Please use the trashcan near bye for all tissue products, feminine products and other trash.

Will there be a dive master or instructor in the water with me?

We allow all certified divers to explore on their own. The United States Coast Guard requires the Captain and Dive Master stay on deck to respond to any emergencies. The instructors and other Dive Masters on the boat will typically dive with their respective students. A private dive master can be arranged if you want.

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Price includes Vandenberg Guide (required)

Trip only
@ $115.00
Tanks & Weights
@ $125.00
Full Equipment
@ $150.00

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed you will receive a complete tour itinerary with check-in time, location and what to bring.

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