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USCG Duane

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Address: Key Largo, FL
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an...
The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an "artificial reef," which was specially prepared for advanced divers with clear, open hatchways and open rooms to explore.
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Nice deep wreck

This wreck is a great dive! Lot's of sea life, including a huge grouper, a coupe of large nurse sharks and lots of smaller fish. This wreck is in about 120 feet of water.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This wreck is a great dive! Lot's of sea life, including a huge grouper, a coupe of large nurse sharks and lots of smaller fish. This wreck is in about 120 feet of water.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is a great dive. The ship is upright and sits at roughly 100 ft. There was no current while we were there, though I'm told it can occasionally get fairly strong. Fish life was great - there was a large 8 ft. nurse shark hanging out on the bow. This is a must see wreck and a lot of... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Awesome deep wreck dive (130 ft). Usually a stunning wreck dive with lots of clear water, lots of sea life, and lots of big swim thrus and deck levels. Only bad thing is the current is often ripping, so plan accordingly. They even had a big great white visit it a few years ago (video is on You Tube). But... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

At 100 feet down, the light is still surprisingly good midday, and did not need a torch for most of time. Really big Moray in front cargo hold, and another smaller one near bow descent line. Only 20 minutes at depth, so don't dawdle! Explore the compartments a little, if you dare, and aim for the light on the other... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The wreck is perfectly placed, sitting upright with some cool swim through opportunities. Saw a large nurse shark, two goliath grouper, lots of fish. No turtles on this dive but I am told they are sometimes around. Water was clear - we could see from one end of the ship almost to the other. We liked that you can see... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Did my 100th dive on this wreck, while the current can be a challenge we had perfect conditions, its been down awhile and the life on the wreck was outstanding.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Wreck was a beauty, but the current was a little too much for me. I heard the current is always fast on the Duane, but until you experience it, you never know.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Rainbow Reef captain dropped us down bow line and moved to pick us up from stern line in high current conditions. Drifted along wreck length and investigated superstructure along the way at around 100 feet. Nice!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Like diving into an underwater zoo. Moray Eels, Nurse Sharks, Barracuda, etc. Did a swim-through of the vessel's wheelhouse and swam right next to a 200lb Loggerhead turtle taking a nap. Visibility outstanding, vessel's swim-throughs were silt-free.

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Trenton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

What a wreck!! It is so beautiful, lots of amazing coral growth with tons of fish. A photographers dream.

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