Morning 2-Tank Reef & Wreck Scuba Dive

The morning two-tank Key West dive trips are great because when conditions permit they include a reef dive and a Vandenberg wreck dive rolled into one trip.

Highlights

  • Dive the reef and a wreck on the same trip
  • Log dive depths from 75 to 90 feet
  • Work with an experienced on-board dive team
  • Cruise on the 50' Phoenix high-speed custom dive boat
  • Enjoy clean restrooms and fresh water showers

Overview

The waters off Key West are a diver’s paradise. Scuba diving in Key West offers access to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, featuring the only living coral reef in the Continental US. The reef stretches for miles, most of it is healthy and teeming with diverse and abundant marine life, and much of the diving is shallow and easy – perfect for new divers, family groups, or dive training sessions. Many days of great visibility and hundreds of colorful and unique fish and coral species earn the reef dives off the Keys a place on every diver’s bucket list.

The morning two-tank Key West dive trips are great because when conditions permit they include a reef dive and a wreck dive rolled into one trip. The 500-foot long USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg served as a troop transport and missile-tracking vessel. When the ship was decommissioned, Joe Weatherby, one of the Key West dive captains, led a successful campaign to have the Vandenberg stripped and sunk as an artificial reef and dive site. In place since May 27, 2009, the Vandenberg is the largest wreck in the Keys, and has already become home to hundreds of species of fish, corals, and other marine life forms.

The Vandenberg lies at a depth of 140 feet, approximately 6 miles SSE of Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and is easily accessible to divers of all skill levels. The lower sections of the wreck allow for deep dives, while the upper decks and super structure of the ship rise to within 47 feet of the surface, making for comfortable beginner and intermediate diving. Professional dive guides work with all Open Water divers, but qualified Advanced Open Water Divers who have their own dive computers may explore the Vandenberg independently if they wish.*

Come on board with us and experience two of the best dives in US waters: reef diving in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and wreck diving on the USNS Vandenberg. A Cool Key West two-tank dive trip will let you log an unforgettable day of undersea fun and excitement.

*Please click the Details tab for technical information about diving on the USNS Vandenberg.

Schedule

  • Departure time: 8:00AM
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Check-in time: Please check-in 30 minutes before the activity start time.
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

Includes

  • Full Equipment Package includes Tanks, Weights,Weight Belt, BCD, Regulator, fins and mask
  • Tanks and Weights includes Tanks, Weights and Weight Belt
  • First Tank at the Vandenberg, second tank is a captains choice (Vandenberg, Cayman Salvage Master, Joe's Tug or a Reef)

Excludes

  • A Dive Guide is Required for Open Water Divers for a fee of $30.00 (advanced divers with Computers are not required to have a guide).
  • Gratuities (optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Proof Camera
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Bottled Water and Snacks
  • Bathing Suit
  • You may bring your own gear if you wish

Notes

  • All divers must be in good health (a Health Form will be signed at Check In)
  • Advance Purchase Recommended
  • Upon booking you will receive an instant receipt with Voucher Confirmation to follow
  • Capacity: 26

Booking Info

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Time Limits on Refunds

You understand that our credit card processor does not permit refunds for bookings made more than 120 days ago. You agree that in the case you book an activity more than 120 days in advance, any refund will be provided as a store credit of equal monetary value as the original purchase. No exceptions.


Where is the check-in location for the dive?

Detailed check-in instructions will be included in your confirmation email.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before the dive begins. The exact start time will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

Where can I park?

You can park at the Hyatt Resort and Marina or on the other side of the street at other parking lots. We can't validate for parking but if you enjoy lunch or a beverage at the Hyatt Bar or Restaurant, parking is free.

Can you pick us up from the airport?

Currently, we do not provide transportation from the airport.

Where is the reef?

The Florida Keys host the Third Largest Barrier Reef in the World as well as North America's only Living Coral Reef. With that said, our barrier reef extends from Key Biscayne to the North and travels to the south on the Atlantic side all the way to the Dry Tortuga's and Fort Jefferson. There is over 210 miles in total length of reef. If you were to dive in Key Largo and Key West you are diving on the same reef system. This reef lies approximately 5-6 miles off shore and is a half hour boat ride on the M/V Phoenix.

What are your typical dive conditions?

There are many different factors that affect our diving conditions. Summer months bring the most ideal conditions for the keys with water temperatures in the upper 80's, calmer winds/seas and clear visibility. These conditions can last well into October and November . In December we start to get cold fronts. These weather patterns bring stronger winds from the North and can create heavier seas and can lower the visibility. Spring time can also bring steady East to North East winds that again can cause wind waves and stir up visibility. We also have two different bodies of water that are constantly in motion. To the south of the keys lies the Atlantic Ocean and to the North we have the Gulf of Mexico. These two bodies of water are always in flux and can affect visibility tremendously. When The Gulf Stream Current (a warm water mass that circulates around the Caribbean) is closest we have cleaner and clearer water. When the Gulf of Mexico is on the Reef we tend to lose our visibility. The most important weather factor that you would want to keep informed about is the wind speed and direction. Strong Southerly winds can create larger seas as there is no protection from any land mass whereas wind waves from the North can be blocked by the Island chain. Our prevailing winds in the keys is North and North East Winds. So always check the wind speed and direction. Our summer squalls are short and the rain does not affect the visibility at the reef. The captain takes all of this into account and will attempt to take all divers to the clearest calmest waters possible.

What is the best time of year to dive?

The summer months from May to September are the most ideal conditions for diving in the Florida Keys.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, there is a restroom or a "head" in nautical terms. Please remember that all marine toilets have smaller plumbing and do not act like toilets on land. Please use the trashcan near bye for all tissue products, feminine products and other trash.

Will there be a dive master or instructor in the water with me?

We allow all certified divers to explore on their own. The United States Coast Guard requires the Captain and Dive Master stay on deck to respond to any emergencies. The instructors and other Dive Masters on the boat will typically dive with their respective students. A private dive master can be arranged if you want.

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