Santa Rosa Beach area waters boast
80 - 110 feet visibility!
The Emerald Coast is
ranked among the top five dive places in the world for shelling.
Sandbars about a mile from shore and a limestone reef, 3 miles out,
are treasure troves of shells, some up to 20" and perfectly formed.
Natural reefs run in short ledges (ranging from a few feet to a mile
long), lending to greater concentration of a diversity of marine
Natural Reef Sites
The area's largest reef
system is within 3 miles of Destin Pass. About 80' deep, it is known
for spear fishing black snapper and amberjack and shelling.
This reef is approximately
3 miles south of Santa Rosa Beach.. It features staircase ledges
(2,000 yards long in 80' of water) and is known for lobsters and
Located about 20 miles
west of Santa Rosa Beach, White Hill is great for spear fishing,
lobsters, and shelling.
Excellent for lobsters and
large groupers, this is deep diving at 90-108'.
One of the most beautiful
sites in the area. A natural limestone reef 6-18' high and 110' deep
abundant with fish and underwater wildlife.
Artificial Reef Sites
Air Force Barge
Only ¾ of a mile from
Destin Pass in 62' of water, this site is particularly suited to
Well-known for flounder,
the wreck of the Liberty Ship also attracts large jewfish and
lobsters. It is approximately 20 miles west of Santa Rosa Beach in 80'
This is the largest barge
off Ft. Walton Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Rosa Beach. An
interesting wreck dive, 65' down.
Destin Bridge Rubble
Here, in about 62' of
water, you'll find excellent spear fishing, particularly for flounder.