Diving in Mexico Beach FL

Diving

Easy access to great dive sites makes Mexico Beach a great destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and spearfishing. Our waters offer natural reefs, artificial reefs, and historically significant shipwreck sites; there is a natural, hard rock bottom beginning offshore.

Diving Gallery

Since 1997, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) has developed an extensive artificial reef system just offshore from Mexico Beach. The organization has three functions:

  • Conservation and environmental improvement of natural and artificial reef systems near Mexico Beach, Florida
  • Research and evaluation of artificial reef designs, biomass development, and fish production
  • Educating the public about the importance of reefs to the marine ecosystem and their impact on coastal communities

MBARA also hosts one of Mexico Beach’s best events: the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament; the organization also publishes a regular newsletter.

The MBARA website offers a complete listing of nearly 200 artificial reefs and sells a plastic directory of all sites with range, bearing, TDs and Lat/Long for your GPS. The website features videos of many dive sites as well.


Reef Locations Map


Unique Dive Sites

The Empire Mica
The Empire Mica was a British steam tanker that was attacked and sunk by the German U-boat U-67, on June 29, 1942. Lying in 105 feet of water, this wreck offers scuba divers a historically significant world-class diving experience.

The Lumber Ship Vamar
The wreck of the Vamar (formerly the Eleanor Bolling) is located in 27 feet of water in the Bell Shoal area. This site, designated as a State Underwater Archaeological Preserve, is accessible by both scuba divers and snorkelers and is often visible from the surface.

Other Dive Sites

Mexico Beach offers divers the opportunity to explore natural reef sites consisting of hard corals and rock formations; artificial sites created with Reef Balls, Reef Pyramids, and 10-foot-tall Reef Maker modules; and a number of barges, tugboats, shrimp boats, towers, and even concrete mixer trucks. Sites range from 2 miles to 30 miles offshore and are at depths of 20 to 120 feet.

Diving & Snorkeling


  • Seahorse Water Safaris
    850-227-1099

    Boat Rentals, Diving and Charters. We also provide snorkeling trips, scallop trips, sunset cruises, Black's Island tour and fishing trips.

    340 Marina Drive,, Located at the Port St. Joe Marina, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
  • Break-A-Way Charters
    850-227-4159

    Let's have some fun in the Gulf! Charter fishing from Mexico Beach in the Gulf of Mexico is some of the best on the Panhandle! From family fishing to serious anglers we will make your fishing charter a time to remember! We do offshore trolling, bottom fishing, and flat fishing. If diving is your choice of adventure, we will take you out where you will dive and view the beautiful fish and marine life in our area. We also provide sight seeing and scalloping trips. Licensed and Insured. Call Captain Bobby Guilford, Captain Wade Guilford, or Captain George Lautt to plan your trip.

    Email Address:
    golautt@icloud.com

    Mexico Beach Marina,, FL 32456
  • Capt Alan's Sea Escape
    850-340-0643

    Captain Alan Sligh invites you and your family to enjoy personal service on the Sea Escape, a 24-ft. Carolina Skiff with convertible top. We offer: Fishing Trips-4 Hours (licenses and bait and tackle provided). Shell Trips to a beautiful and remote island ~ see Dolphins swim alongside on the boat trip over, and there are always lots of shells to find. Snorkel Trips to a 1852 Shipwreck, it is in shallow water and perfect for smaller children, all snorkel gear and instruction is provided.

    Charters out of Mexico Beach Boat Ramp, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • SouthBound Charters
    850-508-8550

    SouthBound Charters offers offshore fishing charters out of beautiful Mexico Beach, FL. We offer trolling trips, bottom trips, or a combination of both. We also offer scalloping and dive charters. All licenses and tackle provided.

    Mexico Beach, FL
  • Wicker Bills Guide Services
    850-229-2710

    We’ll take you or teach you to fish the beautiful waters of our area! Located in Mexico Beach with over 25 years fishing local waters! We specialize in inshore flats, offshore bottom fishing, trolling, snorkeling, scalloping, and sightseeing! Target your species.

    Alternate Phone:
    850-527-4036

    Mexico Beach, FL 32459