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.
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 Safaris850-227-1099
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
Capt Alan's Sea Escape850-340-0643
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.Sails out of Mexico Beach canal, slip 9, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
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.
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Wicker Bills Guide Services850-229-2710
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.
850-527-4036Mexico Beach, FL 32459