Not everything great about Boynton Beach is on the land. Did you know that Florida is the only state in the continental United States to have extensive, shallow reef formations near its coast? Boynton Beach is one of the premier locations, featuring numerous shallow reefs and shipwrecks. Boynton’s warm and shallow waters lie on the edge of the Gulf Stream and are home to abundant sea-life including turtles, sharks, eels, snapper, and the infamous, Goliath Grouper. Some of Boynton Beach’s most famous dive sites include:
Lofthus– is Boynton’s oldest and the only natural ship wreck. It lies in 15 feet (4 meters) of water just north of the Boynton inlet. The 223-foot (68 meters) vessel sank in 1898 and formed a beautiful and easy reef to dive or snorkel. It is now a beautiful haven for abundant marine life. Soft coral growing on the wreck are home to many kinds of aquatic life, such as damsel fish, and spiny lobsters.
Horse Shoe– is a natural reef located on the north of the Boynton inlet. It was named Horse Shoe for its hooked shape. The reef takes a sharp turn to the west and raises as high as 10 feet in some areas. It is at a depth ranging from 45 to 57 feet (13 to 17 meters). This reef is home to huge schools of grunts and yellow tail snapper.
Casino– is another reef site. This dive is usually done on the way to the Horse Shoe. It is one of Boynton’s most favorable sites. The reef width ranges from 50 to 100 feet (15 to 30) and rises 5 feet (1 meter) from the sand.
Lynn’s Reef– was named after Capitan Lynn Simmons. This shallow reef is about 40 feet (12 meters) deep. It has a abundant marine life and topographical variety more than any other site. But the current can be strong in some occasions.
Delray Ledges– is one of the most famous dive sites in Boynton Beach. The reef structure is beautiful and unique. This reef has several vertical cracks and tunnels which are great for photography. The site is easy to dive, and it is also abundant in marine life.
Captain Tony– was sunk in 1996 and now it sits upright in 85 feet (26 meters) of water. It was named after Captain Tony Townsend, a local dive charter captain. The wreck is a great spot to observe large varieties of marine life. Look for several Goliath Grouper swimming in the area.
Hydro Atlantic– is considered on of the top 10 dive sites in the United States. It sank in 1987 during a big storm. The 320 foot (97 meters) long ship now lies in 172 feet (52 meters) of water. The wreck is covered with great formations of soft coral and is home to bait fish.
These natural wonders are waiting just off the coast to be explored. The Boynton Harbor Marina has numerous dive charters that offer trips daily. Dolphin Sun Dive Charters, Loggerhead Enterprise, Splashdown Divers, Starfish Enterprise, and Underwater Explorers all provide quality and professional dive trips. If you would like to learn how to SCUBA dive, Boynton Beach Dive Center has classes and gear to get you started. Take some time this summer to explore our underwater treasures on the Gold Coast!