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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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Outstanding Dive Site

My family and I are scuba divers that were fortunate enough to dive this site on 7/30. In short, it was amazing! The visibility was great, with massive schools of fish, a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Jennifer S
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

My family and I are scuba divers that were fortunate enough to dive this site on 7/30. In short, it was amazing! The visibility was great, with massive schools of fish, a variety of coral, and interesting views. Due to the nature of the wreck, there were lots of places to explore and see fish hiding in crevices and around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Nice relaxed dive in the 50-60 foot depth. Lots of marine life and good corals. Saw a couple of nurse sharks and morays. Would like to return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

What a cool dive site. Shame it is so shallow and broken up. Tons of sea life. Saw a huge eel in the open.

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We did a sunset and then a night dive on the wreck. This worked very well because the wreck is not near any other reefs so if you strayed off it, it was obvious (just sand). We saw two sea turtles, a couple of rays, and a lot of other sea life. There isn't much of the wreck left that... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Located barely 7 miles from Key Largo, the popular Benwood wreck is a relatively shallow wreck compared to USCG Duane, USCG Bibb and USS Spiegel Grove near Key Largo. It is the only wreck suitable for beginner divers (less than 30ft), as the other wrecks are in deeper waters (over 90ft) and occasionally strong currents. Benwood was sunk in the... More 

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Southern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This wreck is good if you would like to experience a decent size at a shallow depth. It does, however get very crowded. Too crowded in my opinion but worth the trip none the less.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Great beginning scuba adventure! We brought a group of PADI divers under Dive instructor Dave Little into the Keys for some wreck diving. There were different levels of difficulty at the wreck. It made for a good day.

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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is a good dive site if you are a diver. The water tends not to be really clear, so you have to be careful what day and when the tide is high or low. It is well marked and a great dive if you like wrecks!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The Benwood is a really nice beginner wreck dive. Lots of growth on the wreck and plenty to see . It makes a really nice night dive to.

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Very good sea life around and under the body of the wreck. The wreck still has a good visual structure. There are no reefs around the wreck so if your not on the wreck you will not see anything. Take a flashlight and look into the holes.

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Address: Key Largo, FL
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key Largo

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