For anyone seeking action and adventure the place to head for is the east coast of Florida, with each of the multitude of beaches offering a different kind of diving experience.
The ocean in the southern part of Florida has much better visibility and is ideal for those budding underwater photographers looking to share what they find with the world.
There are numerous reefs and wreck sites providing endless possibilities.
For the more experienced diver Stuart will be the challenge you have been looking for and with fewer numbers of people in the water the massive lobsters and various species of fish will be quite literally all yours.
It is recommended that you should be accompanied by a local as with the low visibility and deep rock formations it is better to take precautions.
Further down in the Florida Keys diving is much more controlled, although it is still fascinating and very enjoyable for all. The stunning beauty means that you must not forget your underwater camera because you might just snap a Moray Eel, Caribbean Reef shark and a Goliath Grouper. With abundant marine life and plenty of wrecks you will be in your element.
If it is a challenge that is required Florida’s east coast has them in profusion, from bug snatching to fishing with spears and the Monster Hole to world war two freighters.
Ideally you need to be about fifteen miles from the shoreline. The greatest time to go is in the Summer months when you get anything between seventy five to a twenty five feet level of visibility.
There are three famous dives from Fort Pierce which are firstly Inlet Park with its massive range of ledges and formations of rocks. Then the first ever Underwater Archaeological Preserve in Florida, called Urca de Lima and finally a Civil War era paddle wheeler. Not only are they great places to observe the different species of fish but they also offer something for the keen diver.
Saint Augustine on the North East Coast is very popular with its spear fishing and artificial systems of reefs. After riding out from as much as twenty or as little as seven miles you will be able to dive at up to one hundred feet.
There are many Groupers and Trigger fish to be seen and you might even spot a Hogfish. Again the Summer is the time to come with visibility at about forty feet.
The further south you go the more frequent you will find beach dive sites like Vero Beach. You will discover corals, sponges and an array of tropical fish.