Miami, one of South Florida’s premier best dive locations with great weather and a little bit of something for everyone.
It features beaches, art, history, culture, sports, and let’s not forget about diving!
With most of our dive sites located only 3 miles off the coast, you can enjoy the underwater world with the Miami skyline as your backdrop.
Interested in diving in Miami?
Keep reading to learn about the dive sites, dive charters, where to stay, and more.
Miami Dive Sites
As stated above, all of Miami’s dive sites take place on the southeast coastline.
Depending on your dive experience, certain dive sites may or may not be off-limits to you.
Neptune Memorial Reef
Just 3.25 miles off Key Biscayne, designed to look like the Lost City of Atlantis, Neptune Memorial Reef is an underwater mausoleum 40ft under the sea.
The man-made structures create a marine habitat to promote coral and marine growth while creating a burial opportunity creating life after life. Once complete, the reef will cover 16 acres of once-barren ocean floor.
The reef if enjoyed by scuba divers of all levels especially photographers for the unique structures and abundance of marine life. There is about 20ft of relief on the site allowing for freedivers and snorkelers to admire the beauty of this underwater site.
While diving through the columned hallways, you are likely to encounter schooling fish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Angelfish, and Butterflyfish, Barracudas, Southern Stingrays, Green and Spotted Moray Eels, and so much more!
Two M-60 Vietnam era Army Tanks were sunk in June of 1994 and the tanks have quickly become a home for hard and soft coral growth all over.
It’s easy to navigate from one tank to the next with their guns pointing towards each other and massive limestone boulders in between.
This is not only a great dive for Open Water Divers, but it is also excellent for Advanced divers to enjoy, there are three additional wrecks you can venture to all connected by a trail of limestone boulders.
You can reach Matthew Lawrence, Billy’s Barge, and the Police Barge.
As you swim from wreck to wreck, you may be accompanied by schooling fish, Southern Sting Rays, a variety of Parrotfish, Angelfish, and Butterflyfish Nurse Sharks, or even a friendly Turtle!
Pink Floyd Wall Drift
Off the coast of Key Biscayne, the Pink Floyd Wall Drift runs miles from North to South with a maximum depth of 90ft, the top of the reef ranges from 50ft to 60ft.
Drift in the mild current along a ledge full of schooling fish, a variety of Parrotfish, Angelfish, and Butterflyfish, with plenty of crevices and nooks for Moray Eels, Lobsters, and plenty more critters.
This is a great dive for Open Water and Advanced divers due to the range of the depth. Having your Enriched Air Diver certification can help extend your bottom time and allow you to potentially see the whole ledge.
Dive Charters in Miami
Located directly in the Miami Beach Marina, Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center is a PADI 5-Star Center and a no brainer for scheduling classes or recreational dives.
Established in 1952, this family-run business knows how to cater to vacationers and locals with the convenience of their training pool right next door and the boat dock across the parking lot.
The center offers scuba diving classes from Discover Scuba Diving & Open Water through Divemaster and everything in between! Their calendar for classes and recreational dives is easily accessible from their online calendar.
There is only one dive boat that leaves out of Miami Beach and that is the Big Commotion with Deco Divers.
This dive charter boat caters to all the surrounding dive shops and offers diving and snorkeling trips to a variety of different sites.
You name it, they dive it, shallow reefs, deep wrecks, drift dives, even night dives! This boat is also available for private charter if you feel that caters better to your needs.
South Beach Dive and Surf is a PADI 5-Star Center located in the heart of South Beach.
Their storefront lies within walking distance to most hotels, restaurants, bars, and South Beach itself!
South Beach Dive and Surf offers a wide selection of classes as well as one day dive and snorkel trips to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary.
How To Get To Miami
Getting to Miami is pretty simple, and one of the conveniences of diving in a major metropolis!
You can fly, drive, or even take a train (location depending).
If you decide to drive, basically head as far south as you can on I-95.
To fly, there are a couple of different airports in the area but the easiest would be to fly in Miami International Airport (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
When To Dive in Miami
The best time to visit Miami is in our summer months, June-September. We have calm, flat seas and Bahama blue water. Water temperature ranges from 84-86 degrees F (29-30 degrees C).