Miami is one of United States’ most popular vacation spots and a major tourism hub for international visitors. It covers an area of about 56 square miles (150 square kilometers) and is the country’s sixth most densely populated major city. Miami is one of those destinations that has something to offer to everyone, and it doesn’t fall short on diving spots either.
Diving in Miami is inferior to the Keys and it’s by no means the kind of diving destination you’d go out of your way to visit. But for locals and tourists that find themselves in search of something to do while there, it could prove to be a pretty decent experience. There are some patch reefs and sparse fish, but divers would probably find the wrecks more appealing.
Diving in Miami is possible all year round. The high season generally runs from December to May.
Depending on the time of the year, the water temperature ranges from 70° F/21° C to 86° F/30° C.
The visibility in Miami is decent to good, ranging from 40 feet (10 meters) to 100 feet (30 meters).
There are over 75 wrecks in the waters surrounding Miami and more boats are expected to become artificial reefs over the next years. The first boat to go down as part of the city’s artificial reef program was a steel tug named Orion that was sunk in 1981. Freighters, army tanks, oil platforms, and even yachts have been sunk since then.