Key Largo Wreck Dive Trips

Within a short ride from Key Largo there are 5 wreck diving sites. Wreck diving experience requirements range from beginner to advanced deep wreck diver. Once on location there are several different wreck access points. Most Key Largo wreck dives will require multiple trips to explore the entire vessel. The marine life on the wrecks is extremely abundant and diverse.

USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)

The USS Spiegel Grove was a Thomaston Class United States Navy Vessel commissioned on June 8, 1956. The Spiegel Grove spent the majority of its service time conducting amphibious assignments along the eastern seaboard and the Caribbean.  The Vessel was decommissioned from the Navy on October 2, 1989. The state of Florida purchased the Spiegel Grove in 1998. It took nearly 4 years to overcome bureaucratic compliance issues and financial challenges.  Eventually on May 17, 2002 the Spiegel Grove was sunk on the Dixie Shoal approximately 6 miles off the coast of Key Largo. The USS Spiegel Grove is the largest artificial wreck in the world!

Wreck Specs:

  • Advanced Wreck Dive

  • 8 Different Anchor Lines

  • 510 Feet Long 84 Feet Wide

  • 60-135 Feet Deep

Wreck Life:

Barracuda, Goliath Grouper, Angel Fish, Moray Eels, Gobies, Jacks, Southern Stingrays, Hard Coral, and Sponges.

USCG Duane

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Duane  was put into service on August 1, 1936. Initially the USCG Duane was stationed in Oakland but then reassigned to Boston after 2 years. During World War II the Duane was was outfitted with anti aircraft and anti submarine weaponry and served for the Us Navy. USCG Duane was the flagship vessel to Coast Guard Squadron Three off the coast of Vietnam. During peace times weather assignments in the Atlantic were conducted to assist with transatlantic travel and search and rescue missions. After being decommissioned on August 1, 1985 the vessel spent two years in Boston before being sunk in Key Largo, Florida on November 27, 1987. The USCG Duane wreck is located approximately 1 mile south of Molasses Reef.

Wreck Specs:

  • Advanced Wreck Dive

  • 3 Different Anchor Lines

  • 327 Feet Long 41 Feet Wide

  • 70-120 Feet Deep

Wreck Life:

Goliath Groupers, Bull Sharks, angelfish, Nurse Sharks, large amounts of barracuda, Southern stingrays, moray eels, and schooling game fish.

USCG Bibb

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Bibb  was put into service on March 10, 1937.  The Bibb was one of 7 Treasury Class vessels. The USCG Bibb served during World War II as a convoy escort vessel. Notably rescuing 202 soldiers from from the torpedoed SS Henry Mallory, and transporting former Secretary of State John Kerry when he was shot.  During times of peace the Bibb was on ocean weather station duty assisting trans Atlantic traffic. When the Bermuda Sky Queen airliner went down the Bibb was there to assist with the rescue. USCG Bibb was decommissioned in 1985 and was sunk in 1987 about 6 miles off the shore of Key Largo. The Bibb currently lies on its side.

Wreck Specs:

  • Advanced Wreck Dive

  • 2 Different Anchor Lines

  • 327 Feet Long 41 Feet Wide

  • 96-130+ Feet Deep

Requirements:

Due to the depth of the wreck this is a borderline tech dive. Must have deep water & wreck diver specialty. Must be accompanied by a guide unless you currently hold a tech diving certification.

SS Benwood

The SS Benwood was a Norwegian merchant Freighter. This steam cargo ship was put into service January 1, 1910. On April 9, 1942 the Benwood was traveling from Tampa Bay, Florida en-route to Norfolk, Virginia. The Benwood was loaded up with phosphate rock. During this time period cargo ships would travel at night with their lights off to avoid confrontation with German U-boats. The SS Benwood and Robert C Tuttle ended up on a collision course and the Benwood struck the Tuttle at the starboard side of the Bow sinking the Benwood in 25-45 feet of water.  At one point the wreck was used as target practice by the US Airforce. This is a shallower wreck dive and an awesome dive for all experience levels.

Wreck Specs:

  • Open Water Dive

  • 1 Dive, See entire wreck

  • 345 Feet Long 51 Feet Wide

  • 25-45+ Feet Deep

Requirements:

Lots of variety! Lionfish, Moray Eel, large schools of snapper, grunts, and goat fish. Lots of nooks and crannies to inspect and find all types of marine life.