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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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One of the best dive sites in the Keys

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Do you want to see where those cool wreck pic were taken? Try this wreck. The Duane is stable with great decent lines (usually, wear gloves). This has been the site of great pics through the years, its an advanced dive but an easy one. I always use Amy Slates

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Austin, Texas, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Saw a Bullshark while diving here, great wreck to see, not as deep as the sister ship, the "Bib". I used Horizon Divers to take me to the dive site, who gave a great presentation on the history of the ship, and how to dive the wreck.

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Key Largo, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I am never left wanting on this wreck. I have dived this wreck at least a dozen times and every time I see sharks, barracudas and other big marine life. One new diver and his parents even saw a Great White shark one day a year or so ago. Highly recommend

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The #1 wreck is the Spiegel Grove (with much debate). The Duane is smaller, and has more growth so we tend to see more. She's a more advanced dive because of the depth (100' at her deck), and the current that comes and goes. But we've seen turtles, Goliath Grouper, sharks, turtles, hogfish, turtles. I've been diving the Duane with... More 

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