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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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Fort Myers, Florida
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113 reviews 113 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This has enough "wreck" features to be fun, but is shallow and thus well lit and un intimidating. Lots of critters, and many larger ones cruising through.

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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was a great first wreck dive for myself and my 2 teenage kids. It is really open and is home to a number of interesting characters such as the Green Moray eels and the bait ball of minnows!!!! Very worthwhile dive.

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Rockville, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very pleasant dive. Lots of wildlife = the wreck is basically a carcass so not much if any penetration. Also did night dive om the Benwood which was not quite as good -- too many lights on Saturday night scaring the fish away! Better to do night dive on a less crowded day.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've dove the Benwood countless times, both during the day and at night. It's an easy wreck to navigate especially since the majority of the ship has been blown to pieces (although the shell is fairly intact). There is a great deal of sea life present and to watch the barracudas feed on schools before sunset is awesome--along with the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a shallow dive site that is great for students and experienced divers alike. There is not a lot of corals though - except those encrusted all over the remains of this ship, which was sunk during a dark night during WWII. What you'll see: A debris field and the hull that is blown apart in many places. It... More

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Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

First wreck dive. Great fish. Beautiful big green Moray!! Don't advise poking your head into any of the openings - there could be a big green Moray and a bad way to see him

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Camberley, England, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Having sunk and then been blown up by the Navy this looks like a wide area of girders and steel sheeting so think of is as a reef rather than a wreck. However it is stunning and ahallow so well worth a visit for a seconf dive or snorkel.

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Portland, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Benwood is a shallow wreck but it was once used for target practice so there isn't a lot left to it. But there was still quite a bit of marine life hanging around and I certainly wouldn't say to not go.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This wreck is never disappointing. We have found nurse sharks, eels, angelfish, trumpet fish, lobster, schools of grunts and plenty of other creatures.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Tends to be a nice dive with loads of fish. Is presently home to the biggest lionfish I have ever seen. It tends to hide amid ships but may not be there for much longer. A pretty straight forward dive

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