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“Great Wreck to Dive in Key West” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vandenberg Wreck

Vandenberg Wreck
Key West, FL
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Ranked #4 of 71 Attractions in Key West
Type: Reefs, Outdoors
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Overland Park, Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great Wreck to Dive in Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Was taken by the sheer size of this wreck (522' long) and only saw a small portion. Enjoyable trip out to the wreck with other divers. The wreck is easy to descend to. Only down side is that with no decompression, you have 17 minutes max on the wreck. About 26-30 minutes round trip from the surface. Many accessible compartments to swim through. Did 4 dives on the wreck and only scratched the surface.

Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great Wreck”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a Must See Dive for Advanced divers. Great swimthroughs plenty to see and explore. Current sometimes a bit strong.

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Bangor, Michigan, United States
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“Scuba dive Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Every year in Dec I travel to Key West Fl to take is some exciting and relaxing diving. Southpoint Divers is the only place I book all of my dives. The crew with Tropical Mike as captain, are always accommodating with early departures and tie ups on the Vandenburg. Their desent lines make getting to the Vandy easy, even if the seas are bumpy. Their boat is alway clean and has plenty of room. Crew is very professional . Lots of smiles and help if needed. Safety is always priority . Great dives. If one site doesn't look good, no problem, they will find another. The Vandenburg dive is a jungle gym of adventure. Dive through the bridge and radar dishes. Easy dive . A guide might get you through more of the dive with your bottom time limits.

Visited December 2011
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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“Very cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I booked a trip with Southpoint Divers to explore the Vandenberg. If you dive, your trip wont be complete without diving this amazing wreck. It will be my first stop on my next visit to Key West!

Visited October 2012
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Providenciales
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“Great wreck dive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

If you like wrecks (diving) then you have to experience this one, there was a slight current on the first dive, as we descended the first thing to appear was the radar dish/antenna roughly in the centre of the wreck, we dove against the current to the stern at deck level approx 90', our bottom time was 17 mins so we had plenty of time to explore, gradually working up the superstructure to the upper level and then drifted back to antenna, there are numerous places to soft penetrate, you can always see the exit before you enter. The viz was probably 20' and the current around 1 to 2 knots. The second dive there was a stronger current, we had worked out a return route through superstructure, so we swam with the 3 to 4 knot current to the bow, under the bridge wings past the anchor windlass to the bow, it was very eerie looking over the bow into the gloom, plenty of fish, including some beefy barricuda, we entered the CO2 room on the stb side just below the bridge and swam through a couple of rooms to the exit just in fromt of the fwd hatch, we then swam along the deck slightly in the lee back to the antenna, both dive were approx 26 mins in length with no Deco time. The first time we heard about this wreck was at a breakfast in the early stages of the buying and sinking project, so it was great to actually be able to dive on it, in a few years when nature has been allowed to make it's self at home this will be an even more awesome dive.

Visited October 2012
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