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Composed of the concrete rubble of the Acosta Bridge as well as a stack of pipes from a dry dock, two barges and a culvert make this an interesting dive spot for all divers.
N 30° 25.622' W 081° 08.530'
Named for the abundant Amberjack schools, there are also Triggerfish and French Grunts seen in the area as well as soft corals and sponges. This ledge has been enhanced by several artificial reef structures.
N 30° 23.689' W 081° 03.281'
Located in depths from 95 to 110 feet, this is not a novice dive site. Experienced SCUBA divers will be thrilled with not only the natural reefs and the 5 large wrecks, but also a Banshee jet fighter and a WWII Corsair are lying intact in the area making for some fantastic underwater photography.
N 30° 21.732' W 080° 49.970'
Lying 16.7 miles from the Mayport Jetties, in water depths from 85-95 feet, this is a very popular dive site. Three natural ledge reefs with one being about a mile long and 2 tug boats and a barge added to the area make this a great site for lobstering during the season. Fairly good visibility of about 40 feet is usual.
N 30° 19.900' W 081° 06.913'
Located 20 miles offshore in about 80 feet of water, this site is home to schools of baitfish so dense you can barely see through them. Culverts and pillboxes are also part of this impressive artificial reef.
N 30° 17.361' W 080° 57.887'
In depths from 75-85 feet, and with average visibility of 30-40 feet, this site houses over a dozen natural reefs and the old Gator Bowl stadium press boxes. This is a great site for night diving because of the nocturnal marine life that lives within the shells of the press boxes.
N 30° 23.855' W 081° 03.567'
Off the Jacksonville coast in 110 feet of water, the 225 foot freighter was sunk in 1986 to form an artificial reef. Depth here does not make this a suitable novice dive site.
N 30° 27.809' W 080° 55.973'
This intact 150 foot freighter is joined by a couple of old barges as well. Some natural reef formations help in attracting marine life to the site and visibility of about 50 feet make some nice underwater photography is available. Not a novice dive site.
N 30° 22.369' W 080° 53.966'
At 85 feet sits several small reefs and 2 artificial reefs – one a steel tug covered with soft corals and sponges and the second a pyramid of fiberglass tubes with joined loops that form a great habitat for fish which in turn attract the larger fish.
N 30° 18.099' W 081° 06.913'
This is a favorite for spear fishing. With smaller natural reefs as well, the site attracts tropical fish and those who like to hunt for shells will like this site. Good for all levels of divers.
N 30° 26.446' W 081° 13.250'