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Benwood wreck

Key Largo, FL
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Ranked #12 of 22 Attractions in Key Largo
Type: Ships
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail, this merchant marine freighter was built in 1920 and sunk in 1942.
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Everytime we dive the Keys, the Benwood is on our must do dive list! This is a shallow WWII wreck that is just loaded with aquatic life! If I could, I would spend both tanks diving this site. I like to circle the Benwood once at sand level, mid level and then over the top! There are so many little... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Great dive, This is a fairly shallow dive so you can really take your time. Loads of fish life. Good natural light for pictures. Dive was close to 1 hr.

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BC
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the depth is between 30' and 45' the wreck is mostly bits and pieces of an old ship that the US Navy blew to smithereens over and over again. Lots of cool life but not too fascinating as a wreck dive per se. Good second dive if you want a short surface interval

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Waibstadt
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

WE did the Benwood with my daugther, as the wrack is in resch with the allowed depth of a junior OWD of our daugther. But at the end you Need some good Imaginationen for the Bits and pieces legt of the ship. The Green, lange Murray was a really nice Photo Model.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Only had a quick look at the Benwood as the primary purpose of this trip was my Son's deep check out dive. Would have liked to have had more time but during the rest of our time there I don't think the boat ever went back to the Benwood.

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Spokane
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a good "starter" rec for new divers. In about 30 feet of water, this WWII vessel offers a nice dive with decent sea life. Usually you can do two trips around the boat, but we had an unusually strong current that made it difficult.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are there mainly for the shipwreck you will not see much because there is not much left of the ship. On the good side however there is so much marine life around this ship that will not be disappointed. The best is to visit during sunny day and 50 feet below with no current guaranties best visibility. Great... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

First dive on the Benwood was a night dive. Amazing sea life, watching the parrot fish go into their "Bubbles" was amazing. Also seeing so many sea turtles was cool. Came back for a day dive and the experience was just as good but completely different. So many fish but my favorite was the pulsating schools of minnows that over... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you dive on the Benwood, hopefully you will get a chance to see the minnows on the bow. There were thousands of them forming a ball that was spectacular!

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Orlando, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This dive experience was even better than Molasses Reef! Following our Dive Instructor's briefing to the letter, we began our dive off the bentwood's stern. We came up along the starboard side of this wreck and swam right into the "bait ball" located on the bow we were informed topside about. It was absolutely amazing to behold! While the rest... More

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