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Address: Key Largo, FL
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail...
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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Night Dive With Horizon Divers

The Benwood is cool to do during the day, but at night...WOW!! Dive with Horizon Divers on Saturday night and you will see turtles, huge Parrot Fish, lobster, even a octopus on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We went with Horizons Divers, an overall great dive. Tons of sea life just an overall great diving experience

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Boise, Idaho, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

While wreck diving isn't my favorite, this site has plenty of fish, coral and life and the current was never an issue

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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Benwood is cool to do during the day, but at night...WOW!! Dive with Horizon Divers on Saturday night and you will see turtles, huge Parrot Fish, lobster, even a octopus on occasion. Love it!!

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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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
15 helpful votes 15 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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257 reviews 257 reviews
58 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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