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Benwood wreck

Address: Key Largo, FL
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Ranked #12 of 27 Attractions in Key Largo
Type: Ships, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail, this merchant marine...
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Type: Ships, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner 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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San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

It was our shallow 2nd dive of the day, the visibility was acceptable, strong current, but a lot of marine life, barracudas snappers, a lot of fish, also a big wreck.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This shallow wreck dive is a great follow up to a Spiegel Grove deep dive. Benwood has loads of fish, including barracuda, morays, cuda, eagle and manta rays, and nice grouper.

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Saw a very large turtle sleeping under the bow. The wreck is various states of decay, which makes it pretty interesting. The bow is mostly in one piece, but it begins to disintegrate as you head towards the stern, which is basically just a debris field.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Benwood was used for bombing practice so there's not much left, mostly the bottom of the hull and the prow. As a wreck dive, it's pretty tame. It's shallow and unobstructed so it's good for new divers. On our visit, visibility was good and the wreck was swarming with fish (angel fish, trumpet fish, hogfish, sergeant majors, etc.).

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Naples, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a nice shallow wreck that is easy to navigate during the day and importantly at night. It usually has fairly mild currents. I've been there both on day and night dives. I particularly like it for the latter because the depth profile is conservative and the mostly intact structure makes navigation very straightforward.

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58 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

There is not a ton of life on this wreck, but we saw some turtles. It is a shallower wreck, and if you are interested in wreck diving you may like it. Overall, I thought it was pretty boring.

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Always my favorite dive site around Key Largo. It's a relatively shallow dive, providing nice long dive time, and a vast array of fish and sea life encrusting the actual wreck making for awesome photo opportunities. A wonderful time, as usual.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Good area - a lot of life in adjacent reefs. Good place to go after diving on the Spiegel Grove. Depths are <40 fsw.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Even though this is a shallower dive than the Speigal Grove, it was very diverse with lots to see! This was my favorite wreck so far. The water was clear and the sea life interesting.

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Helena, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Fairly intact for a flattened wreck. Lots of other divers as well as loads of fish. Easy casual dive

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