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ALONG THE ALABAMA GULF COAST

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* (P.P. = Perdido Pass)
* (N.M. =Nautical Miles)
* (fsw = Feet Sea Water)

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OUR NEW REEF SANK MAY 17th 2006

Escambia County, FL was chosen on April 5, 2004, to be the final destination for the "Oriskany" Reef Project. The USS Oriskany CV/CVA-34 is destined to become an artificial reef.

LIBERTY SHIPS

These Ships are about 480 ft. Long and about 75-80 ft. Wide

Allen Reef - Liberty Ship
DGPS Lat. 30:07.835
Long. 87:31.790
95 fsw / 8.40 N.M. from P.P.

Sparkman Reef - Liberty Ship
DGPS Lat. 29:59.676
Long. 87:43.050
90 fsw / 18.43 N.M. from P.P.

Wallace Reef - Liberty Ship
DGPS Lat. 30:05.235
Long. 87:34.636
90 fsw / 10.93 N.M. from P.P.

BRIDGE RUBBLE

These Sites are made up of old Bridge remains. The most popular have been given nicknames. They make excellent Dive Sites for Photographers as well as Spearfisherman.

• Atlantis:

• Road Bed:

• Rome: 14 Miles south of Perdido Pass in 90fsw. Rome is some of the remains of the old Perdido Pass bridge. It gets it's name because of the columns that are standing straight up resembling Romans ruins. This site holds a lot of fish including Amberjack, Red and Black Snapper, Flounder and Grouper. Also a good number of tropical fish such as Angel fish. This is a Great Dive Site for the more advanced diver.

• Pillars and Flats:

OTHER SHIPS AND TUGS

Navy Dive Tenders / YDT's 14 & 15

 Navy Dive Tenders YDT-14 and her sister ship YDT-15 were sunk as artificial reefs in April of 2000, They both sit upright, 300’ apart approximately 24 miles ESE of Perdido Pass. Depths range from 65' at the superstructure and 98' to the sand. These wrecks are great for a Wreck Diving Course, and a Great Dive in general.

105 Tug
DGPS Lat. 30:03.888; Long. 87:42.455; 14.51 N.M. from P.P.

151 Tug
This 65 ft. long push tug is located 14 N.M. east-southeast of P.P. in 72 fsw

Navy Tug
This pictures wreck sits upright in 85 fsw about 18 miles from P.P.

NATURAL BOTTOM SITES

Dutch Banks
DGPS Lat30:14.160 Long. 87:12.060 / / Lat. 30:11.510 Long. 86:26.180 / 65-90fsw / 10-14 N.M. from P.P.

Trysler Grounds
This large reef area lies roughly 20 miles dew south of Perdido Pass. Area has been enhanced with artificial reefs in some areas. This is a favorite site for spearfisherman.

BEACH DIVES

(Always pull a Flag when on a beach Dive and stay out of boat traffic)

Alabama Point Bridge
Under East or West end. You need to dive this one on high tide because of current.

Alabama Point Sea Wall
Located along the west side of the Perdido Pass. Dive at high tide or do a drift dive at out going tide because of current.

Alabama Point Jetties
Located on both East and West side of Perdido Pass. West side is beyond the Sea Wall; East side is beyond the beach.

Whiskey Wreck
Located behind Bahama Bob's Restaurant on west beach in Gulf Shores.

 

 

AVERAGE DIVING CONDITIONS

Water Temps

Summer
(Jun-Sep) — 80° - 87°
Fall
(Oct-Nov) — 67° - 80°
Winter
(Dec-Mar) — 55° - 67°
Spring
(Apr-May) — 70° - 78°

 

Visibility

Typically 50'-100'+ on deeper sites
25'-50' on shallower sites

 

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