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“Scuba dive Key West”
Review of Vandenberg Wreck

Vandenberg Wreck
Ranked #22 of 169 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Bangor, Michigan, United States
1 review
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“Scuba dive Key West”
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
4 Thank Steve O
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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“Very cool!”
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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“Great wreck dive”
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
3 Thank rwfhalliday
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Renton, Washington, USA
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29 reviews
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“Well worth diving the Van.”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Much of the perspective of the wreck is based on visibility. When I went water was 84, and vis. was poor, but it was warm. It is well worth diving several times

Visited September 2012
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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“Underwater crawl space!”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

First of all, my husband and I totally cheated; we followed our dive master "Billy" from the crew of the Sea Eagle w/Captain's Corner dive shop. He has been in this ship more times than anyone, diving it on all of his days off! He "discovered" the kitchen on St. Patty's Day and placed an Irish flag inside the cooking area! He knew exactly where to go, the dive profile to use, and with great speed and agility was able to show us more than 400 ft of this magnificent ship in one dive (w/the use of good LED lights!) in the most efficient time! We dove two 105+ depths one day and 112 first dive of second day. It was like he was following neon arrows he knew EXACTLY where to go! Took us to Cayman wreck next dive (90') and showed us Goliath Grouper about 5 ft in length, a smaller one 3 ft, and TWO loosely roaming about green morays! If you really want to SEE this wreck, go with Billy! Highly, highly, highly recommend him!! Loved him! He's awesome!

Visited October 2012
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