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“It's a big wreck...”
Review of Vandenberg Wreck

Vandenberg Wreck
Ranked #11 of 130 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

If you can get on the wreck w/o poor visibility and nasty current, I've been diving for 20+ years w/ >4K dives. The Vandenburg can be amazing... On a good day.
My experience has been great about 30% of the time. The other 70% usually involves 3+ kt current and 20-30' visibility. Personally, I'd rather hit Key Largo and the Grove/Bibb/Duane - at least if the diving is nasty at any of those sites there are still places that have some pretty blue water nearby to go.

5  Thank Lawrence C
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

I have been diving since 1973 and made have made hundreds of wreck dives over those 40 years and had heard a lot of good things about the Vandenberg dive site and since it was my first trip to Key West I figured this was a "must see" location. While we were lucky that the current was not strong on either of our dives, the visibility was poor and other than a few barracudas and the large wreck itself, there was nothing to see. No turtles, no eels, no rays, no sharks and no large fish. Not exactly an underwater photographers dream site. The crew from Captain's Corner dive shop were professional and very helpful (especially Henry). Nitrox is available but make sure you tell them you want to dive Nitrox when you make your reservation. There were a group of folks diving Nitrox out with us who must have serious air consumption issues because they wound up back on the boat well before the two of us diving on air.

A few warnings for anyone planning to fly to Key West and dive in the future. #1, make sure you have a pair of gloves with you. The ropes leading down to the deck of the wreck are covered with small barnacles and my hands are still sore a week later. No major issues but I feel like I have a hundred paper cuts which is very annoying and could have been easily avoided if someone had warned me about bringing my gloves. #2, if you are flying direct to Key West be aware that the airlines will not let you check but one bag per person (due to the very short runway and weight limit issues I was told) so I had to leave my dive bag in the truck of my car in the Charlotte airport. It would have been notice if Delta told me this when I made my reservations so I could have FedEx'ed my dive bag to the Marriott in advance of my arrival. I was able to take my Atomic regulator, mask and Cobalt dive computer, and my Sea Life camera gear on as carryon luggage but everything else got left behind (including unfortunately my dive gloves). Overall a disappointing experience for me on the Vandenberg (due in no fault to our fine crew from Captain’s Corner).

7  Thank NCDawgFan
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Don't miss it. The best wreck diving I've done so far. I now will have to see the exposition of the pictures by Andreas Franke.

Thank AndHubner
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We booked this dive with Southpoint Divers and the weather was a little rough. They quickly got us in the water and our dive master took us on a fantastic tour in and out of this majestic wreck. If you like wreck diving, it doesn't get much better than this.

1  Thank uneekware
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I am a passinated wreck diver and this is for sure one of the most amazing wrecks I have ever been!
This wreck has fantastic structure as it was a mobile comunication ship before being sunk. Advanced and wreck / cavern divers will love it!
I have been there with Lost Reef Adventures: I strongly recomend them!

2  Thank PVAlmeida
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