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“Best Dive in a loing time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vandenberg Wreck

Vandenberg Wreck
Key West, FL
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Parkland, FL
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15 reviews
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“Best Dive in a loing time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is must see for all divers. Its an amazing wreck with so much to see and do. Its easy to get there and back, and you can have dive profiles from 65' to 150'. Don't miss it!

Visited July 2012
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“Full Circle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

June 2012. I have dived on several small wrecks, but this 500 foot plus ship was extra special. I sailed on this ship just over 60 years ago when it was named the Gen Harry Taylor and was being used to transport immigrants from Europe to America through Ellis Island in New York City. Of course, this time it was underwater and the visibility was poor, but it was an exciting wreck to experience given my personal history with this ship. There is a lot to see and experience so plan on multiple dives as each part of the ship is very different. I may be back for another dive or two in the future, but at this point, I may be the only and probably the oldest immigrant that has ever dived on the ship they came to America on. Two other wrecked pasenger ships that transported immigrants are the Titanic and Andrea Doria. Both are outside the normal limits of recreational diving. The Vandenberg is a must dive for anyone who loves wreck diving and you don't need a submarine. P.S. the water temperature was 83 degrees at 90 feet.

Visited June 2012
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Fort Myers, Florida
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105 reviews
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“Another great dive on Vandy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

I just completed another successful dive on the Vandy
This trip was a double on the wreck so that makes 5 visits.
1st was July of 10, 2nd June of 11 and now X2 June of 12.

All have been great with reasonable current and good visibility.
This trip vis was a little lower 30 to 40 ft due to TS Debby but
not as bad as it had been a few days prior. Sea was flat also.

I went with Dive Key West all 3 trips and have been very happy
with them. No complaints, top notch dive masters each time.

Personal opinion, too many inexperienced divers, young and old
try this dive and have problems. The current can be strong, sea
rough. This is a 100ft dive and the wreck is big.

Good air management is a must!

Have the experience and use your own quality equipment and
with a little luck from mother nature you will have a great trip too.

Visited June 2012
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las vegas
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“must see!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

This is a must see if your a diver. check out the artwork that's on the ship. be on the lookout for the giant grouper lurking about.

Visited May 2012
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Key West
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“Phenomenal wreck dive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Same with some of the other reviews, it is a newer wreck and it will take many more years to find the kind of diverse wildlife found on older ones. That said, it is still awsome. Good size. I had to have a guide because my buddy was newly certified but honestly, it was a blessing in disguise. He knew the wreck well and helped us find areas we may not have found on our own (like the wheelhouse...great time playing with all the levers and such). We had one heck of a current but it wasn't a problem... very clear, gorgeous.

Visited August 2011
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