Three Diving Sites Near Miami

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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.

Three of Florida’s Most Popular Dive Sites

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Based in Miami, Fernando Arteaga is an experienced architect and design professional with expertise in project management. Fernando Arteaga has worked on diverse design projects in America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, primarily focused on the hospitality and resort industry. Mr. Arteaga enjoys a range of personal interests, including diving.

Florida offers numerous sites where one can scuba dive. Three of the most interesting places to dive in Florida are described here.

Devil’s Den
Located in Williston, Devil’s Den is a 54-foot deep and 120-foot wide privately-operated spring open to divers and snorkelers. Diving and snorkeling equipment can be rented on-site and campsite and cabin style accommodations are also available to guests who want to stay overnight.

Jose Cuervo Artificial Reef
Located approximately 150 yards offshore of South Beach, Jose Cuervo Artificial Reef is a concrete bar that was purposely sunk by the Department of Environmental Resources of Miami-Dade County. Since its sinking two decades ago, the bar has become home to numerous marine species including tropical fish and the spiny lobster.

Half Moon Shipwreck
A German sailing yacht that sunk in shallow waters between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne in 1930, the Half Moon shipwreck is now an archeological site visited by snorkelers and divers. The wreck offers easy access to visitors, since it lies in only ten feet of (usually) calm water.

Here’s Why You Should Consider Scuba Diving at Night

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Fernando Arteaga’s career as an award-winning architect and design manager dates back to 1992. Today, he brings his years of experience to his role as principal of HKS in Miami. His work in Miami focuses on designing luxury resort properties worldwide. In his free time, Fernando Arteaga focuses on hobbies and interests such as scuba diving, which he enjoys during the day and at night.

Although it can be intimidating to divers of all ability levels, diving at night offers a completely new experience to those who overcome their initial trepidation. For one thing, many marine animals are more active at night, giving night divers the opportunity to see creatures they would rarely see during the day. This includes squid and octopus, rays, and many shark species.

In addition to the animal life, a night dive offers the chance to see coral and other underwater objects in an entirely different way. Under the beam of a diving light, the colors on and around coral reefs appear more vibrant. Also, coral polyps open at night to feed, presenting divers with a colorful display that isn’t seen during the day.

Other benefits of diving at night include the phosphorescence show of bioluminescent plankton. Night diving can also have a calming effect, and it gives divers the opportunity to focus more closely on the objects directly in front of them. Finally, other than a diving light, no special equipment is needed. Of course, proper planning is essential, and one’s first night dive should be done under the guidance of an experienced instructor.