Pensacola offers a wide variety of dive sites from natural bottom limestone reefs to the world’s largest artificial reef, and the former USS Oriskany. A look at Ned DeLoach’s “Diving Guide to Underwater Florida” shows Pensacola as having more dive sites than any other area in the state of Florida. Visibility on in-shore dive sites average between 40-60 feet but it’s not unusual to 80 feet or better. Offshore reefs often see 80 to 100 foot average and the USS Oriskany can have visibility of over 200 feet.

 

 

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Some of the more popular dive sites include:

  • USS Oriskany
  • Pete Tide II
  • Timber Holes
  • Dredge Avocet
  • I-10 & 3 mile bridge rubble
  • Freighter San Pablo
  • YDT-14 &15
  • Brass Wreck
  • Chevron Oil Rig
  • Battleship USS Massachusetts
  • 3 Coal Barges
  • Tex Edward Barges
  • Freighter Anteres
  • Tugboat Heron
  • Joe Patti Memorial Barge

There are many other dive sites in the area worth noting:

Mad Dog Tug/ Liberty Ship-Joseph L. Meeks/ Fort Pickens Jettie/ P.C. Barge/ Tugboat Sylvia/ Tugboat Deliverance/ Navy Camel Barge/ Oops Barge/ Blackwater Bridge Rubble/ Tugboat Born Again/ Mr. Green’s Reef- Natural Live Bottom/ Three Deck Tug/ Teneco Oil Rig/ 96 Holes- Natural Live Bottom/ Dutch Banks/ Jim Penny Barge/ Knicklebin Barge/ Paolo’s Refuge/ Catherine/ Soule Barge/ Tugboat Tessie/ Tugboat Phillip/ 3 mi. Bridge Rubble/ Merry-Go-Round Barge/ Fish Haven Pyramids/ Kingry Barge/ Gulf Power Towers/ I-10 Bridge Rubble West/ Portofino Reef/ Jacobi Reef/ Steamship Rhoda/ Steel Jetties/ Area 51