Check Out the Wrecks with Captain Tony!

The following list describes just a few of the many dive sites within 30 min of the Boca inlet. Our unique coastline offers some of the best diving in the country. Scattered among our coral reefs are a multitude of wrecks varying in depths. So the beginner as well as the experienced diver can enjoy them.

Look at all the different wrecks to check out:

Airplane Wreck
This Cessna sits upside-down and 80 feet of water off Boca Raton, with landing gear sticking up. A local spear fisherman found it about 12 years ago. Oops! They must have missed the Boca airport.

The Captain Tony (a.k.a. The Becks)
The Captain Tony is 190 feet long, This freighter sits in 82 feet of water off Delray Beach There are 3 other wrecks in the immediate area, making this dive a four-wreck dive. It was named in memory of captain Tony Townsend while local Captain who was an avid diver.

The Castor
This 200 ft. freighter sits in 115 feet of water. It was sunk in 2001 near the captain Tony. It sits about 75 yards from the wreck called the bud bar. Giant grouper have made their homes in this huge wreck as well as hundreds of barracuda. Thanks to hurricane Wilma this wreck moved South about 50 yards and broke in two.

United Caribbean
The original name of this wreck is the Golden Venture; This is the ship that Ran aground in New York Harbor with Chinese immigrants that jumped off and some of them drowned. This wreck is connected to the sea Empress by coral rocks that the county put in after sinking this ship. Stingrays, eels, barracuda, and fish abound. This is a great wreck for photography. This wreck is broken into three pieces. Bow and stern pieces and the wheelhouse are off to the South. Courtesy of hurricanes Francis and Jean.

Sea Empress
This 90 ft. barge sits in 74 feet of water upside-down, and was loaded with cement conduits, which spilled into the sand. This makes great hiding places for lobster, Grouper and tons of tropical fish. It has a resident Goliath groupers who live in the stern area. Large nurse sharks seen here often on night dives as well as lots of friendly stingrays. This is a must see dive. And definitely bring your camera! This is a great dive here in South Palm Beach county! Boats come from different counties to dive this wreck. It’s a long trip for them but a short trip for us since its right out the Boca Raton inlet.

Noula Express
This island freighter that cruised the Caribbean now lies in eighty-three feet of water. This ship was confiscated by the DEA for running drugs. Courtesy of hurricane Andrew this ship is now in 3 sections. There is also a small sub that was also confiscated by the DEA. This is one of the best night diving wrecks around.

Ancient Mariner
This 165 ft. vessel really has some history in South Florida. She used to be a restaurant located on the new River in Fort Lauderdale. She sank at the dock and was raised and a bit later and became a restaurant again then it had the biggest hepatitis outbreak in U.S. history at that time. Then sank of the dock again and then was donated to the artificial reefs program in Broward County. This ship was sunk off Deerfield Beach in about 72 feet of water roughly 12 years ago. A must see! Wildlife abounds on this ship! There is a small tugboat about 65 feet off the bow.

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