The Horizon Divers team is made up of experts who will guide you through a fun and safe dive around the shallow reefs of Key Largo. Guests stay underwater for a full hour and experience the beautiful and fascinating world of the Key Largo reefs. Horizon Divers loves to make guest feel like part of the family and give them a tour to remember. Every diver is treated in the professional and friendly manner that makes Horizon Divers tours so enjoyable.
8/20/15 Spiegel Grove / Spiegel Grove 9AM Dive (8:30AM Check-in) $75.00 BOOK NOW
8/21/15 Capt.’s Choice / Capt.’s Choice 9AM Dive (8:30PM Check-in) $75.00 BOOK NOW
8/22/15 USCGC Duane / USCGC Duane 1PM Dive (12:30PM Check-in) $75.00 BOOK NOW
8/23/15 Christ Statue / Capt.’s Choice 9AM Dive (8:30AM Check-in) $75.00 BOOK NOW
The Reefs & Wrecks
USS Spiegel Grove: The largest vessel ever intentionally sunk is the USS Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot landing ship dock. To give a better visual understanding of the immensity of this ship, she is roughly equivalent in length to two football fields.
The Spiegel Grove was named after President Rutherford B. Hayes’s Ohio estate and was launched in 1955. She was later cleaned and sunk in 2002 in 130-feet of water near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. Depths range from 60 to 130 feet with the majority of the ship lying between 80 and 90 feet.
The sinking of the Spiegel Grove is an extraordinary tale. Her sinking was scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2002 at approximately 2:00pm. However, she had a mind of her own and prematurely began to sink, rolled over, and remained upside down for several days with her bow protruding from the water. A salvage team managed to fully sink the vessel three weeks later, but she came to rest on her starboard side rather than keel-up as hoped. Later efforts to right the ship failed despite the best efforts of all involved, including two very determined tugs. Then three years later, much to the surprise of the entire diving community, Hurricane Dennis righted the 510-foot ship with seas over 20 feet and a driving current. She know rests keel-up, fully dignified and ready for new adventures!
The Spiegel Grove is the backbone of the artificial reef system that has formed in this area. Algae, sponges and coral mingle with 130 species of fish to create enormous biodiversity in this region. Divers may see Goliath Grouper, barracuda, large jacks, and a large colony of gobies.
Mooring buoys allow divers an easy tie-in and a steady hold. The lines are attached to the ship and allow divers to travel down them until they reach the hull. This is a very popular site. Divers will need multiple dives to become oriented and it may take countless dives for one to be able to experience all that this massive vessel has to offer. This is a great dive for using multi-level diving techniques and offers an incredible opportunity for exploration and excitement.
This is a dive not to be missed. The reef formation that has arisen is impressive and has fostered growth of much pelagic life.
USCG Duane: The USCG Duane is a 329-foot cutter that was decommissioned on August 1st, 1985, as the oldest active U.S. military vessel. The ship was intentionally sunk on November 27, 1987, to create an artificial reef. This ship was sunk deep down to ensure that it would not conflict with navigation in the area. The Duane lies outside of the reef line and can have a ripping current. Because of its deep depth and strong currents this is a dive for advanced SCUBA divers with wreck-diving experience.
Many consider the Duane to be the perfect wreck dive. Before sinking, the ship’s hatches were opened and the holds pumped full of water to sink the ship. The Duane sits upright on the sandy bottom at 120 feet offering nearly 70 feet of relief. On clear days the outline of the hull can be seen from far above. The crow’s nest and mast become visiible just 50-60 feet below the surface. Many decks and rooms were intentionally left open to allow divers room to explore the interior of the cutter. Bring a divelight if you plan to penetrate the interior. The hull structure is completely intact with the original rudders, screws, railings, ladders and ports.
This wreck is even more impressive because the waters are so clear that visibility is often 100 feet. It is closer to the Gulfstream than most wrecks and reefs and some very large fish such as barracuda, amberjack, and cobia are often spotted swimming around the wreck.
Christ of the Abyss: Christ of the Abyss is a 8 1/2 foot, 4,000 pound bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ that stands in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo, Florida. It is located near Dry Rocks, about six miles east-northeast of the Key Largo Cut, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
This reef is a very shallow dome shaped reef which breaks the surface at low tide on the landward side, and slopes to 25 feet on the seaward side. The statue is one of three cast from a mold by an Italian sculptor Guido Galletti. It was originally made for Egidi Cressi, the dive equipment manufacturer and later donated to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in 1966.
While the crew is easy going and the divers are always fun, Horizon Divers places a high priority on safe diving. Divers can feel safe knowing that Horizon Divers is PADI and TDI certified. Freshwater rinse stations, gear rentals, and personal storage are provided. Divers are able to film and photograph the beautiful Key Largo underwater scenery.
To schedule Key Largo Florida Diving & Scuba Diving for your group of three or more, contact Horizon Divers today!