Three Diving Sites Near Miami

Fernando Arteaga, Miami, FL

Based in Miami, Florida, Fernando Arteaga is a design professional who currently serves as principal for HKS, where he handles architecture and interior design for luxury resorts. In his free time, Fernando Arteaga enjoys skiing and scuba diving.

A gateway to the third largest barrier reef in the world, Miami offers many great scuba diving opportunities. Here are three.

Biscayne National Park: Found off the shore of South Dade, this park is 95 percent underwater and includes the Maritime Heritage Trail. Divers will encounter shipwrecks and natural reefs, and due to a variety of water depths, there are opportunities for scuba divers of all experience levels.

Half Moon Shipwreck: A 154-foot German yacht, the Half Moon sank in 1930 and is now covered in coral and home to tropical fish. In calm water as shallow as 10 feet, the wreck is good for both divers and snorkelers.

Neptune Memorial Reef: One of the largest man-made reefs, this reef was built to mimic the lost city of Atlantis and is best explored with scuba gear. Divers can swim around columns, domes, and arches over hundreds of thousands of square feet.

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