White Hill Reef (80-87 feet in depth)
Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Destin’s East Pass. White Hill Reef is a single limestone ledge approximately 5 feet tall running east and west and facing south. This reef is home to many fish and numerous sea critters. It is not uncommon to see frog fish, brittle stars, anemones, toad fish, scorpion fish, octopus, spotted eels, along with an abundance of tropical fish. White Hill Reef is very close to the Thomas Hayward Liberty Ship, therefore making it much more abundant with game fish such as, gag and black grouper, scamp, red snapper, white and black snapper, flounder, trigger fish and much more. Common to see the large southern sting ray, sharks and in august the large eagle rays.
Amberjack Rocks (80-87 feet in depth)
Located approximately 4 miles south of Destin’s East Pass. Amberjack Rocks is a single limestone ledge approximately 6 feet tall running east and west parallel to the shoreline. This reef faces to the north with a J curve on the west end. This reef is home to Amberjack, grouper, snapper, flounder and trigger fish along with an abundance of tropical fish, octopus, eels and more. A good first time dive because its fairly easy to navigate.
Shoreline reef (80-87 feet in depth)
Located approximately 4 miles south from Destin East Pass, very close to Amberjack Rocks. This is a single ledge with many large boulders with deep cracks and crevices. Shoreline reef is approximately 5 feet tall and runs north and south then turns east and west. It faces west and south and is shaped like a boomerang. Shoreline is home to octopus, scorpion fish, toad fish, eels and an abundance of game fish such as, amberjack, grouper, scamp, snapper, trigger fish and more.
Long Reef (80-87 feet in depth)
Located approximately 4.5 miles southeast from Destin East Pass. This reef has a lower profile, approximately 2 to 4 feet tall and runs north east, southwest, primarily facing northwest. It has a short double ledge running parallel to the main ledge. The experienced diver generally likes this reef better because it is home to frog fish, many tropical fish and is good for macro photography. Also home to shovelnose lobster.
Triplets (80-87 feet in depth)
Located approximately 6 miles southeast of the Destin East Pass. This reef runs northeast, southwest primarily facing west. This is a long reef and time and distance must be watched. It is a single ledge although it breaks up into three sections. The ledge is approximately 2 to 5 feet tall and is home to many game fish and tropical fish as well as shovelnose lobster. Not uncommon to see a shark.
Labor Day Rock (84-91 feet in depth)
Located approximately 5 miles from Destin East Pass. This is a large round rock with many cuts and crevices. This reef is approximately 4 feet tall, very easy to navigate, and is usually very fishy. It is home to many black snapper along with grouper, red snapper and amberjack. Not uncommon to see nudibranchs here and shovelnose lobster.
** There are many other natural limestone ledges off Destin’s coastline. Where we go is determined always by sea and weather conditions, then size of the group and experience level. Due to the depths we are diving it is always recommended you dive with a computer and a dive light so the diver may experience all the colors. **
Thomas Hayward Liberty Ship
Located 7 miles southwest of Destin’s East Pass. This wreck was put down as part of the artificial reef program in 1972. She is approximately 380 feet long and lays on the ocean floor running north and south. She has no super structure, therefore like diving a large bath tub with bulk head dividers. The mid ship has a crack running across the ship, where the fire furnaces were located. You can still find bricks although they were scattered during hurricane Opal. The north end has a second crack running across, although one side has fallen and the end is now twisted. The ocean floor is 87 feet and the top of the deck (wall) is 68 feet.
Common to see sharks, southern sting rays and eagle rays. In the summer there is an abundance of barracuda, amberjack and spade fish. Common to see goliath grouper and an assortment of other critters.
* Due to the popularity of this wreck with private fishermen, it may not be possible to dive, but we always do our best, without offending the local community. Please understand our situation.
The “Janet” Tug boat
Located 11 miles southeast of the Destin East Pass. This 85 foot tug boat sits in 100 foot of water and sits upright with a top depth of approximately 70 feet. The tug boat sits on the sea bed facing north to south. This wreck normally has schooling amberjack and at the right time of the year its not uncommon to see cobia and the large southern sting rays. High profile so it’s a great computer dive.
This barge was sunk as part of the artificial reef program. It sits in approximately 74 feet of water and lays on the sea floor pointing northwest/southeast. This barge was deployed with round fuel tanks on top with holes cut in them for a fish habitat and a dump truck bed welded on top of the tanks. When hurricane Andrew came through all the fuel tanks rolled off, surrounding the barge and the dump truck bed was never found again. This dive is easy to navigate, it is a good second dive since its approximately 60 feet to the top and is good for new divers.
Usually an abundance of amberjack, spade fish, red snapper and flounder. In the spring there is usually a lot of shovelnose lobster, making this a great night dive.
Destin Bridge Rubble
This is the old Destin Bridge which was brought out and turned into a reef as part of the artificial reef program. The site has three distinct reefs. The Main Stack, East Stack, and North Stack. The main stack has a profile of 58 feet to 69 feet. It has big slabs of roadway along with concrete rubble. Lots of hiding places for fish, lobster, eels and octopus. A favorite for many divers, because you never know what marine life you will encounter. Turtles, manta rays, sharks along with an occasional whale shark have been seen on the bridge rubble. The other stacks of rubble are not as large, but interesting in there own way. Great for beginners and experienced divers.
“Miss Louise” Tug Boat
The Miss Louise is located approximately 7 miles down the east beach from the Destin East Pass. It is ¾ of a mile off of Crystal Beach and sits in 57 feet of water. This wreck was put here as a open water training site for beginner classes. Miss Louise is a 85 foot push tug with 25 foot push pads on the north bow of the wreck. She sits pointing north to south and she used to have a profile of 25 feet to her top. Unfortunately after many storms her wheelhouse has been torn off never to be seen again. Her top deck is now 45 feet deep and great for training dives. We are hoping to add a barge to the Miss Louise in the near future.
Miss Louise is great place to see Goliath Grouper, Angel fish, Spanish mackerel, Spade fish, octopus and more critters. We have seen Whale Sharks, Turtles, and lots of Barracuda here as well.