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Review of USCG Bibb

Ranked #40 of 71 things to do in Key Largo
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Owner description: A premier dive site in the Florida Keys, this Treasury-class Coast Guard cutter was sunk intentionally to create an artificial reef.
Key Largo, Florida
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2012

Its a dive site that most people don't care about diving. I have dove it once and would like to dive again. It has some growth that I have not seen on other dive sites that I would like to photograph. It is a deeper dive than other wrecks but it is worth seeing.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Scubagirl1313
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Burlington, NC
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Still Serving”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

Along with the USCG Roger B. Taney, USCG Duane its sisterships The Bibb is still serving her country albeit in a different capacity. She is a reef that attracts may species of fish and is a very nice dive site!

Visited July 2011
Thank Mark G
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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just do it!”
Reviewed January 25, 2012

Dive this early in your trip if you're going to fly. You can spend some decent time on this ship. Pick your days... the current can be tough if you have limited dive experience.

Visited February 2011
Thank Ted B
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Stamford, Connecticut
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A challenging but rewarding dive”
Reviewed January 22, 2008

I dove the Bibb a few times in the late '90s, so my information may be dated. The wreck merrits the praises it gets as a premier wreck dive.

Schoaling barracuda and abundant sealife are normal. The wreck still looks like a ship and, being on it's side, gives an eerie, almost ghostly feeling. Descending into the water column, the wreck only becomes visible about half way down.

Beware of very strong currents, especially if you have to swim against the current to get back to your ascent line! Two chaps on our chater didn't make it back to the ascent line, made a free ascent and ended up four miles away. Buy a safety sausage, if you don't already have one, for this dive.

I did notice several warning signs not to penetrate the Bibb. I know some other wrecks were prepared for light/easy penetration, I don't think the Bibb was. It is considered significantly more advanced than the other nearby wrecks, because it's on it's side, and at 130'.

In recent years, I've been hardpressed to find a dive charter that would go to the Bibb. Most prefer the Spiegel Grove and Duane because they're easier. Overall though, if you get the chance, and are experienced, I believe the Bibb is worth the trip.

1 Thank albertinnyc
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