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SCUBA DIVING IN USA• INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE•   FLORIDA, ONLY CORAL REEF IN THE UNITED STATES•   CALIFORNIA, WEALTH OF MARI...
SCUBA DIVING IN USA                 Diverse Dives for Diverse Ecosystems                      from Florida to CaliforniaTh...
FLORIDA, ONLY CORAL REEF IN THEUNITED STATESThe 120 mile Florida Keys island chain is home of the only coral reef in the U...
Fort Lauderdale has a good dive sites and many shipwrecks. The TennecoTowers dive site is probably the most famous in the ...
CALIFORNIA, WEALTH OF MARINE LIFECalifornia has many beaches and coves with a wealth of marine life, as well asthe richest...
San Clemente has good visibility and home of pink and green abalone. SanNicolas Island is home of the monster lobster and ...
NORTH CAROLINA, TOP SHIPWRECK DIVES North Carolina is known for its collection of shipwrecks, it was rated North America´s...
SOUTH CAROLINA, PRIME SCUBA DIVINGCharleston, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach have the most dive sites, almost 100.Wrecks, reef ...
OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN THE USAdventures Under the Sea / Albatross Dive Charters / AlcortaDivers / Atomi...
About the Author             Thomas SACCONE is a former             financial manager who discovered             scuba div...
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Scuba Diving in the USA I Ediving.com I scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

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SCUBA DIVING IN USA: Diverse Dives for Diverse Ecosystems from Florida to California. Divers’ Reviews.
The United States is extremely diverse in scuba diving and has the advantage of easy access and good infrastructure for scuba dive. Florida, California, North and South Carolina alone have over 500 dive spots to be explored. Some of the best wreck dives in the world can be done in Florida. Florida is also the home of the only barrier reef in the United States, where you can do snorkeling with manatees. California has biggest kelp forest beds in the world, where you can scuba dive with sea otters and harbor seals. North and South Carolina are famous for clear, warm waters.
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Scuba Diving in the USA I Ediving.com I scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

  1. 1. SCUBA DIVING IN USA• INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE• FLORIDA, ONLY CORAL REEF IN THE UNITED STATES• CALIFORNIA, WEALTH OF MARINE LIFE• NORTH CAROLINA, TOP SHIPWRECK DIVES• SOUTH CAROLINA, PRIME SCUBA DIVING• DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN US• ABOUT THE AUTHOR 1
  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN USA Diverse Dives for Diverse Ecosystems from Florida to CaliforniaThe United States is extremely diverse in scuba diving and has the advantage ofeasy access and good infrastructure for scuba dive.Florida, California, North and South Carolina alone have over 500 dive spots tobe explored.Some of the best wreck dives in the world can be done in Florida. Florida is alsothe home of the only barrier reef in the United States, where you can dosnorkeling with manatees.California has biggest kelp forest beds in the world, where you can scuba divewith sea otters and harbor seals.North and South Carolina are famous for clear, warm waters. 2
  3. 3. FLORIDA, ONLY CORAL REEF IN THEUNITED STATESThe 120 mile Florida Keys island chain is home of the only coral reef in the UnitedStates, it is a National Marine Sanctuary. It hosts a dense population of fishand coral as well as encrusted shipwrecks, shallow reefs and deep diving. The factthat you can actually drive to the islands is very helpful. Conservation ofthe coral reefs is a high priority in Florida, coral is in good condition and strict lawsprotect these waters.The Upper Keys, Key Largo, Islamorada and Tavernier have dive sites such asthe Spiegel Grove wreck, sunk in 2002, the biggest ship ever sunk to create anartificial reef. The Christ of the Abyss Statue is a 4000 pound bronze statue placedin Key Largo Dry Rocks in 1966, is one of the most popular dive sites of the keys.The French Reef and Conch Reef are excellent dive sites you cannot miss.Key West is one of the most famous places to scuba dive worldwide,and Loggerhead Reef is one of its best dive sites. Don´t miss the Atocha dive site, ifyou are a certified diver, you can be part of the excavation programs for the mostimportant shipwreck of the 20th century. Accessibility and infrastructure makediving in the Florida Keys a easy and pleasant. 3
  4. 4. Fort Lauderdale has a good dive sites and many shipwrecks. The TennecoTowers dive site is probably the most famous in the Southern Coast.Fort Lauderdale has an impressive artificial reef system, there areapproximately 90 artificial reefs including ships, oil platforms and concretemodules. Pensacola´s over 50 miles of protected shoreline offer divers clearwaters and white sand beaches.West Palm Beach is the place to dive for sea turtles. The Gulf Stream makes aclose pass by Florida bringing to it´s over 20 dive sites, good visibility, warmwater and large marine life.You can spot blacktip sharks, Caribbean reefsharks, nurse sharks and goliath groupers in Juno Ledge. 4
  5. 5. CALIFORNIA, WEALTH OF MARINE LIFECalifornia has many beaches and coves with a wealth of marine life, as well asthe richest kelp beds in the world. The Monterey Peninsula inNorthern California is the ideal place for kelp beds. At the Point Lobos dive site,part of the National Reserve, you can swim with seals, and as long as you don´ttouch them or harass them, it´s a joy ride of a dive site.The Coast Guard Pier has a large variety of sea life, starting with sealions and otters at the end of the jetty. Underwater, the kelp forest isincredible and it has very easy beach access. Lover´s Point is a good place to dive,kayak and snorkel and you can find rock cod and harbor seals.Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands offer beautiful dive sites too.Santa Catalina Island is where Cousteau filmed his famous “Night of theSquid.” Garibaldi damsel fish can be found in Santa Catalina Island´s dive sites.At the Ship Rock dive site where you will have high probabilities of finding theshy angel shark. Farnsworth Banks, also in Catalina is home of the rare purplehydrocoral, one of the few species of hard coral found in cold waters. 5
  6. 6. San Clemente has good visibility and home of pink and green abalone. SanNicolas Island is home of the monster lobster and rock scallops. Santa CruzIsland is has a big underwater cave system and is very good for underwaterphotography.Orange County has several prime dive sites and good for all leveldivers. Visibility is best in the winter time, but be prepared for cold water. Shaw’sCove and Wood Cove are very good sites, and both have beach access.San Diego has a couple of good dive sites. New Hope Rock is a rocky reef thatpeaks at 20 feet deep, it has many crevices, cracks and caves to explore, andthe invertebrate marine life is naturally big and diverse. You will also see plentyof macro algae, rock fish, banded guitarfish, bat rays, black smith, tree fish andthresher sharks. 6
  7. 7. NORTH CAROLINA, TOP SHIPWRECK DIVES North Carolina is known for its collection of shipwrecks, it was rated North America´s top ship wreck diving destination in 2006 by Scuba Diving Magazine. The Gulf Stream brings warm waters and tropical marine life to the wrecks, creating prime artificial reefs and making NC very popular in the last few years. The Outer Banks is the to-go dive site to see sand tiger sharks. The Crystal Coast (Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle) is where the most popular beach towns are. You can access the wreck dive sites from Morehead City. Many of the wrecks have historical interest including merchants of both wars, German U boats and USS Monitor. 7
  8. 8. SOUTH CAROLINA, PRIME SCUBA DIVINGCharleston, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach have the most dive sites, almost 100.Wrecks, reef and ledges to choose from makeSouth Carolina another prime dive destination in United Sates. Dive sites are good toexcellent and are mostly shipwrecks. The Sherman wreck, a 200 ft. long Civil War blockaderunner that went down in 1874, has not much of a wreck itself, but it´s very popular forartifacts. Since it´s not deep (55ft) this equals a lot of bottom time to explore.The Charleston 60 wreck is a popular dive site for all diving levels. You are guaranteed tosee huge amber jacks and barracudas; a great place for photography.The Comanche was once a Great Lakes ice breaker, scuttled in 1992. It is good placefor loggerheads and spade fish. The Junk Pile is a super fun dive site filled withinvertebrate life and tropical fish. 8
  9. 9. OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN THE USAdventures Under the Sea / Albatross Dive Charters / AlcortaDivers / Atomic Scuba & Travel / Blue Iguana Charters / Blue RegionScuba / Broke Ass Divers / Chipola Divers / Cordova Diving / CoralReef / DiveCaves / Dive Orlando / Divers Choice Charter / Glenn’s AquariusII / Key Dives / Premier Scuba Diving / Ocean Enterprises / SeminoleScuba / UnderSea AdventuresRead more: http://www.ediving.com/dives-divers-scuba-diving-in-north-america/diving-in-united-states-of-america/#ixzz2LSohk78cTo find & Book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators:http://www.ediving.com/hotels-for-scuba-divers/ 9
  10. 10. About the Author Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 10

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