Full Galley – Five Star Dining provided by our Culinary Specialist
All Food & NON Alcoholic Beverages included
Large 15’x8′ Dive Platform with Freshwater Shower
Five Fresh, Hot Water Showers
Chase Boat for Tech Trips
22 CFM Compressor
Nitrox Fills for your Safety using a membrane system
Ample Room for Lounging & Sun
Huge Bimini Awning provides Shade
Color TV & DVD
USCG Inspected & Certified
Shipwrecks on the List!!!!
March 23 Arrive at Liveaboard
March 24 USS Mohawk and Late afternoon or night Reef dives
March 25 Cayman Salvage Master and Reef for afternoon and night Key West
March 26 Vandenberg and Reef in evening
March 27th Vandenberg and Reef in evening
March 28th All Alone Wreck and Joes Tug
March 29th Bush Sr. and Reef in evening
March 30 Thunderbolt and Reef
March 31 Return to Fort Myers
The Thunderbolt Shipwreck
Deliberately scuttled in 1986 as an artificial reef, 5.5 miles offshore, this 188-foot former WWII cable-laying ship has spent nearly three decades collecting growth. She sits at a depth of 120 feet, parallel to the current. Divers can’t get pushed off the vessel, nor does the flow hasten deterioration. Instead, this well-preserved gem sees ever-growing schools of amberjack, and, in summer, migrating tarpon. Year-round, it’s home to 700-pound goliath grouper and five-foot black grouper.
The USS Mohawk was a WWII Coast Guard Cutter. That is 165 feet in length. After its service in the military, it now rests in approximately 90 feet of water just off the coast of Sanibel Island, FL. The ship reef structure maintains a population of marine life that spans the food chain. Large schools of bait fish, snappers, grouper and other game fish will probably live around the reef.
The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg is now an artificial reef in 140 feet of water seven miles off Key West! Upon first sight of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg being prepared to be scuttled as the southern anchor of the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail, former crew member Chuck Garrison, who served on the ex-U.S. military missile-tracking ship remarked, “Wow! This will be one helluva wreck to dive.”
The Adolphus Busch rests upright on a sand bottom at an average depth of 80 feet (24.3 meters). Maximum depth is 110 feet (33.5 meters). The wreck is fully penetrable, and can be entered through the bridge or cargo holds. The machinery in the engine room is still present and presents the only major entanglement hazard to divers. The glass from the wheelhouse windows and the covers to the cargo holds have been removed.
Multiple mooring balls are secured to the wreck to allow boats to tie up to the site. Reef fish are common on the site, as are large jewfish, eels, and large pelagic fish. Sharks have been seen on the reef, but are not considered typical.
The Cayman Salvager now lies one mile southwest of the Nine-Foot Stake. This 187-foot steel-hulled buoy tender was built in 1937 for Coast Guard usage and was later used as a cable layer and for freighting. The US Government seized this vessel because she was carrying Cuban refugees during the 1979 Mariel boatlift. After being seized, she was sitting at the dock awaiting her fate when she sank unexpectedly. In 1985, she was raised and prepared to be sunk again as an artificial reef in 300 feet of water. But while being towed out for re-sinking, she prematurely sunk in just 90 feet of water where she currently resides. She settled on her side but was kindly righted a few months later in 1985 by Hurricane Kate.
Ninety feet below the water’s surface is the wreck of a 75-foot tug boat and the dive site ominously titled, All-Alone. The tug boat’s hull is parted, making a comfortable home for barracuda, snook, grouper and countless other sea creatures.
Located just seven miles southeast of Key West, Joe’s Tug is one of the most popular and well-known novice scuba diving wreck sites in the Lower Keys area. Despite its somewhat misleading name, Joe’s Tug is actually an old 75-foot steel hulled shrimp boat that sank at the pier in Safe Harbor in 1986. It was then brought back on land to be made into an artificial reef, as experts cleaned the shrimper, removed the engine, and added metal braces to make it more stable. Joe’s Tug was first intended to be shipped off to Miami, but local legend has it that a group of pirates commandeered the boat in Key West harbor and it sank during their surreptitious getaway.
From Milwaukee to Fort Myers as well as Fort Myers to Milwaukee is not included in the $1650.00 price. We can arrange flights or some carpool ground transportation if available, please request before trip. You have to be at the dock where the boat leave from no later than 5am March 24th 2018. The Boat Returns to Fort Myers on March 31st between 2pm-4pm depending on cruising speed.
Scuba Gear and Rebreather Gear:
The liveaboard does supply all O2, Nitrox fills, Air fills, Lead weight, Aluminum 80 and some rebreather bottle sizes. Also for rent or extra charge (40 Aluminium tanks, Sorb, Helium, and banded doubles). We can also arrange to deliver your gear and bottles to the liveaboard.
Food Beverages and Bunks:
All Food and NON- Alcoholic beverages are included. If you want any Alcoholic beverages please stop at a Liquor Store before the boat leaves the dock or you can pick up when the boat docks in Key West for a night. Everybody get a bunk and there are 4 people to a bunk room on the liveaboard.
This trip has pre-determined shipwrecks for diving and a set schedule. Weather conditions will be the only reason for deviation of shipwreck or dive sites on the list.
On this trip Port Deco Divers will also be sending a IANTD Instructor to meet any of your training needs. We will be offering IANTD Advanced Open Water, Deep Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Wreck Diver, and Night Diver. These course will have a significantly reduced price on this trip. Course completed on this trip will receive a 35% discount off each course. Ask for details at sign up or call the store.