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Scuba Diving Destin, FL

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Scuba Diving Destin, FL

Can anyone provide any advice on the best scuba diving spots (shore dives) and charter services in Destin? I will be visiting in late May and would love to get some bottom time if it is worth it. Any advice on dive spots, etc. would be a great help.

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1. Re: Scuba Diving Destin, FL

Not much for shore dives, all you'll see is sand. I have dove under the Marler Bridge which was an easy walk in dive, but you really need to be cautious of the boat traffic. There are some huge redfish and some grouper deep below the bridge. You could dive the jetties but you really need to be aware of the currents which can be very swift, you see alot of divers hauling their gear out to the east jetty.

Best bet is go with a dive operation, they offer reef, wreck and shallow water dives:


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2. Re: Scuba Diving Destin, FL

If you go to this forum, you will have all your questions answered:


The people are very helpful there, and you can search older posts for info. There are two diving outfits in Destin, and I think most people are happy with either of them. The only real shore dive is the east jetty, which has lots of fish, but you have to haul your gear quite a ways. You also have to time your dive with high slack tide. Late May would be an ideal time for diving. In addition, there are a few springs you can dive - Vortex, Morrison, etc. that are about an hour drive from Destin.

Edited: 02 February 2012, 14:35
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3. Re: Scuba Diving Destin, FL

We always go with Scubatech. They are a top rate operation. I have not gone with the other dive op in Destin, but have heard horror stories from others who have. We make numerous dives on the Sea Cobra with Capt. Nancy and crew. We will be back for two weeks in July and will again be going out with Scubatech. Give them a call. You will not be sorry.

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