MBT Divers

3920 Barrancas Ave Pensacola (850) 455-7702

Pensacola Dive Sites and GPS Numbers

Perched on the border between the Florida and Alabama Gulf coasts, Pensacola, Florida is well known for its beautiful white sand beaches, fantastic fishing, a rich history which dates back to the 1500s, and as the home for Navy Flight Training and the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. Pensacola has however been long overlooked as the incredible dive destination that it really is. Now home to the world's ultimate dive site, the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany! The Pensacola area offers more than a thousand individual dive sites, catering to all experience levels and interests. Whether you're new to the sport or an experienced Eco-Adventurer, you can see it all here.

SNORKELING / SHORE DIVES - Pensacola's miles of pristine white sand beaches offer some spectacular dive opportunities for the snorkeler as well as diver. 19th century shipwrecks, natural structure, and artificial reefs are easily accessible from area beaches, permitting virtually every diver to fully enjoy the beautiful diving that the Pensacola area offers. Typical depths range from 12 - 25 feet.

SHIPWRECKS - Pensacola has been an active port since the 1600's, and has accumulated an impressive collection of historic shipwrecks, with more being discovered every year. Divable wrecks, including some wooden hulled vessels dating back to pre-revolutionary war era, can be found in as little as 15 feet of water, or you can visit wrecks as deep as 180'. From victims of tropical storms and war, to the numerous intentionally sunk vessels, the Pensacola area has it all! A few of the more popular wrecks include the Russian Freighter, Navy YDTs, Pete Tide II, Sylvia, Philip, Born Again, Catherine, USS Massachusetts, Tug Heron, Antares, and the Avocet. Find more information and coordinates to these and other sites on our GPS Numbers page.

AIRPLANES - Dive with us in "The Worlds Premier Underwater Aviation Museum." As the "Cradle of Naval Aviation," Pensacola offers what is possibly the greatest collection of sunken aircraft to be found anywhere. Virtually every carrier aircraft flown by the Navy is represented, with some dating back to before WWII. Some of the more notable planes to be seen include: F-6 Hellcat, F-8 -F Bearcat, F4U Corsair, TBF/M Avenger, A7 Corsair II, T-34 Mentor, and AD Skyraider. Depths range from 60 to 130 feet.

OIL RIGS - The rigs available within the immediate Pensacola area have all been intentionally sunk as artificial reefs, and can provide some of the most interesting dives available. The abundance and diversity of the marine life on these structures is incredible, and the beauty of these sites must be seen to be believed. Trips to Operational "working" Rigs are available, and must be booked well in advance. Depths range from 75 to 170 feet.

OTHER ARTIFICIAL REEFS - Florida's emerald coast is well known for the incredible fishing that can be found here. Much of the areas success is due to the outstanding efforts by clubs, local governments, organizations, and individuals to continuously create artificial reef structure to support marine life. Examples of artificial reefs vary greatly, and include: ships, vehicles, aircraft, concrete rubble and structures, army tanks, radio towers, and virtually anything else that can be made environmentally safe. Depths range from 30 to 130 feet.

NATURAL REEFS - The natural reefs in the Panhandle region differ somewhat from the reefs normally encountered further south. In the Northern Gulf coast, reefs take the form of "live or natural bottom" areas consisting primarily of limestone outcroppings and ledges which are beautifully covered in corals, sponges and other reef dwelling species. The marine life on these areas can be amazing, and these are the favorite destinations of those who seek lobsters. These natural reef areas make for a spectacular Night dive! Depths range from 70 to 130 feet.

Reef Name Checked Notes Depth Latitude Longitude
21 Concr. Reef Modules #2 June 2004 21 concrete reef modules, (I found 4) 95 30 06.257 N 87 07.964 W
21 Concr. Reef Modules #3 June 2004 21 concrete reef modules, (I found 3 + airplane wing) 96 30 05.902 N 87 07.653 W
21 Concr. Reef Modules #4 June 2004 21 concrete reef modules, (I found 5) 91 30 05.831 N 87 08.149 W
5 Concrete Pyramids GG Mar 2007 very small mark 98 30 08.882' N 87 13.734' W
5 Concrete Pyramids SS Mar 2007 very small mark 100 30 08.500' N 87 13.475' W
5 Towers T4** Jul/Aug 2002 NW of original deployment - 30 11.248' N 87 14.122' W
53 Concr. Reef Modules #1 June 2004 53 concrete reef modules (I found all 53) 91 30 05.986 N 87 07.950 W
Academy Reef 1** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 44 30 17.808 'N 87 14.176'W
Academy Reef 2** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 47 30 17.760 'N 87 14.184'W
Admiral Fetterman Reef June 2006 15 "Superball" Reef balls + 100tons rock rubble 93 30 04.682'N 87 11.878'W
Andi Coyle Reef** June 2009 1 Walter Marine Limestone module;l 1 grouper module 40 30 17.898'N 87 13.863'W
Antares July 2013 Freighter- broken up by hurricanes; in several large pieces 130 30 00.582' N 87 07.774' W
AP wing T7** Jul/Aug 2002 Now lays flat/fair/ unknown % subsided 79 30 10.540' N 87 15.397' W
Avocet - Site #20 - 5 - 247' dredge AVOCET 115 29 58.399' N 87 12.630'W
Battle Tank 7A Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; upside down; 20% subsided 83 30 09.738' N 87 14.461' W
Battle Tank 7B Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; upside down on left side; 15% subsided 92 30 09.370' N 87 14.437' W
Battle Tank 7G2 Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; sitting upright; 10% subsided 82 30 09.671' N 87 14.435' W
Battle Tank 7G3 Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; upside down on left side 84 30 09.610' N 87 14.427' W
Battle Tank 7G4 Mar 2007 buried??? 81 30 09.087' N 87 14.341' W
Battle Tank 7H Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; upside down; subsided past turret 91 30 09.190' N 87 14.370' W
Battle Tank 7M1 Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; upside down on left side 85 30 09.431' N 87 14.341' W
Battle Tank 7M2 Mar 2007 Steel battle tank; on right side; 20% subsided 85 30 09.375' N 87 14.293' W
Bayou Chico bridge rubble Mar 2007 small mark 89 30 09.335' N 87 13.860' W
Bill Harris Memorial Reef** June 2009 4 Rebar units donated by PensRecreationalFisherAssoc 98 30 06.047 'N 87 11.333 'W
Blackwater bridge rubble Mar 2007 50 Concr.pilings(c.35ft x 2ft x2ft) stacked & scattered 91 30 09.115' N 87 13.575' W
Bridge Rubble** Oct 2001 concrete rubble 80 30 13.954' N 87 12.124' W
BrownBargeMiddleSch.Reef 2004? 1 Goliathball; 5 Palletballs - 30 06.512'N 87 11.638'W
Capt. Bob Quarles Reef** Feb 2011 270 tons of concrete materials 13 30 19.738'N 87 10.871'W
Capt. John A. Racine Reef Dec 2006 8000 tons concrete "Pens Bay Fishing bridge" rubble 85 30 05.900'N 87 09.027'W
Casino Fishing Reef** - concrete rubble 60 30 18.722' N 87 07.331' W
CCA Pensacola Reef April 2007 1 concrete "Florida Limestone" reef module 93 30 06.730'N 87 11.700'W
Celia Reef June 2004 15 Concrete/steel tetrahedral modules 92 30 05.235' N 87 11.895' W
Chevron Oil Rig June 2004 2 pieces oil rig jacket sit side-by-side(w/in 76' of surface) 137 30 04.244' N 87 02.118' W
Cox Communications Reef not verified Donated by Red Snapper World Championship Tourney - 30 06.164' N 87 25.007' W
David Bogan Reef Feb 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef 1 by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 75 30 06.750'N 87 24.250'W
David Lee Sellers Reef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 53 30 17.576 'N 87 14.149'W
David's Reef** June 2009 4 concrete pyramids 43 30 17.833'N 87 13.869'W
DJ Hooks Reef Oct 2006 5/8" to 1" Rebar Welded 10-20" x 10' x 10' structure 85 30 05.748'N 87 08.861'W
DKE Knicklebine barge Feb 2003 117 ft barge with 14 lg. concrete pieces 122 30 01.970' N 87 11.495' W
ECUA culverts** Mar 2007 5 Concrete pipes & 2 steel towers/40% subsided 83 30 12.295' N 87 14.370' W
ECUA Steel water pipes Aug 2013 160 steel water pipes from old Pens. Beach bridge 96 30 05.025'N 87 11.015'W
Eilene Beard Reef May 2006 20 concrete pyramids (Walter Marine "coquina" reefs) 93 30 04.415'N 87 12.258'W
Eternal Reef #1 Aug 2003 2 Palletballs; 3 Bayballs - 30 06.474'N 87 08.974'W
Eternal Reef #2 Oct 2004 2 Palletballs; 3 Bayballs - 30 05.503'N 87 30.180'W
Eternal Reef #3 Oct 2005 1 Ultraball; 2 Palletballs; 4 Bayballs - 30 05.506'N 87 30.101'W
Eternal Reef #4 Oct 2006 1 Ultraball; 5 Palletballs; 2 Bayballs - 30 05.506'N 87 30.208'W
Eternal Reef 2011 - 4 Concrete "ReefBall" modules 45 30 17.731'N 87 13.873'W
Fishin' Chix Reef April 2007 1 concrete "Fish Haven" module 98 30 06.750'N 87 11.247'W
FrederickH.ClevelandReef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 43 30 17.866 'N 87 14.194 'W
Freedom Boat Club Reef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 52 30 17.616 'N 87 14.150 'W
GB Sertoma.com Reef 2** June 2013 2 Walter Marine Limestone modules; 1 grouper module (subsided) 45 30 17.878'N 87 13.969'W
George & Jeri Wilkins Reef June 2005 Built Jun'05: 19 Goliath Reefballs 90 30 05.410'N 87 10.856'W
George Touart Reef - Donated by Reef Fish Restoration Association 116 30 06.659'N 87 10.839'W
GulfBreezeSertoma.com April 2007 7 concrete "Florida Limestone" reef modules 91 30 06.760'N 87 11.515'W
Helen Mae Torres Reef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 48 30 17.466'N 87 14.162'W
Hill-Kelly Dodge Reef not verified Donated by Red Snapper World Championship Tourney - 30 05.975' N 87 24.939' W
I-10 Br. Rubble/ Culverts** Mar 2007 Bridge rubble & concrete pipes; 80 30 11.768' N 87 14.328' W
I-10 Bridge Rubble Reef #2 April 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef 2 by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 78 30 06.700'N 87 25.300'W
I-10 Bridge Rubble Reef #3 August 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef 3 by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 86 30 06.700'N 87 26.300'W
I-10 Bridge Rubble Reef #4 August 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef 4 by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 90 30 06.600'N 87 27.500'W
I-10 Bridge Rubble Reef #5 Oct 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef 5 by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 93 30 06.600'N 87 28.600'W
I-10 Bridge Rubble Reef #6 Dec 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef 6 by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 83 30 06.550'N 87 29.550'W
Jeff's Reef** June 2009 3 concrete "tables" 40 30 17.833'N 87 14.113'W
Joe Patti Memorial Reef July 2013 175ftx40ftx10ft barge with numerous steel figures welded to deck 50 30 17.330'N 87 13.755'W
Joseph L. & Jane Watts Reef** May 2010 Two concrete deck T spans: 4ft x 3ft x 60ft 46 30 18.020'N 87 12.797'W
Kingry barge Mar 2007 barge upside down on crushed steel tanks;SW end subs. 90 30 09.577' N 87 13.902' W
Liberty Ship Reef** Nov 2001 Liberty Ship "Joseph L. Meek" 95 30 16.384' N 87 09.574' W
M60 Battle tank 1 June 2004 On right side 107 30 06.685' N 87 11.951' W
M60 Battle tank 2 June 2004 On left side 110 30 06.693' N 87 11.921' W
M60 Battle tank 3 June 2004 75 feet NE of Tank 2 110 30 06.702' N 87 11.901' W
M60 Battle tank 4 June 2004 Good "ledge" under tank 113 30 06.711' N 87 11.873' W
M60 Battle tank 5 June 2004 More subsided 109 30 06.741' N 87 11.804' W
Mara Reef June 2004 16 Concrete/steel tetrahedral modules 95 30 05.465' N 87 11.850' W
Mary Hartshorn Reef (I-10 #7) Dec 2007 I-10 Br Rubble Reef by Tidewater/Skansa/Flat Iron 83 30 05.950'N 87 25.950'W
Mayor Lane Gilchrist Reef** June 2013 8000 tons of concrete rubble from Gulf Breeze Fishing Bridge 50 30 17.467'N 87 13.773'W
Mayor Whibbs Reef June 2006 18 "Superball" Reef balls 90 30 04.637'N 87 11.663'W
MBT Reef June 2006 20 ft welded rebar reef 85 30 06.053'N 87 09.543'W
N. Monsanto boxes** Jul/Aug 2002 Only concrete pilings remain (c.24) - 30 12.185' N 87 14.695' W
NPR#1 NavarrePierRubble** May 2010 59 concrete pieces: deck spans, pilings, piling caps 45 30 18.000'N 87 12.600'W
NPR#3 NavarrePierRubble** May 2010 Two concrete deck T spans: 10ft x 3.5ft x 45ft 49 30 17.995'N 87 12.870'W
NPR#4 NavarrePierRubble** May 2010 Two concrete deck T spans: 10ft x 3.5ft x 45ft 46 30 17.991'N 87 13.068'W
NW Navy YDT14 June 2004 good condition 95 30 05.330' N 87 09.640' W
Oops Barge** Oct. 2000 Small barge 75 30 13.233' N 87 13.992' W
Oriskany Memorial Reef July 2013 Aircraft Carrier Danger! Do Not Enter Ship Interior! 212 30 02.555'N 87 00.397'W
Outcast Fishing & Hunting** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 52 30 17.378'N 87 14.158'W
Paradise B & G Reef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 54 30 17.328'N 87 14.138'W
Pat Doman Reef** Mar 2011 Concrete rubble (pilings) from Gulf Breeze Fishing Bridge 50 30 17.435'N 87 13.305'W
Pat Donnelly Reef May 2005 27 "Goliath" reefballs 90 30 04.686' N 87 11.145' W
Penhall Artificial Reef Feb. 2002 5700 tons concrete bridge rubble 92 30 05.523' N 87 11.497' W
Pens. FishingForum Reef 4 Oct 2006 5/8" to 1" Rebar Welded 10-20" x 10' x 10' structure 85 30 05.722'N 87 08.844'W
Pens.FishingForum Reef 1 June 2006 10 ft welded rebar tetrahedron 85 30 06.156'N 87 09.610'W
Pens.FishingForum Reef 2 June 2006 10 ft welded rebar pyramid 85 30 06.100'N 87 09.576'W
Pens.FishingForum Reef 3 Oct 2006 5/8" to 1" Rebar Welded 10-20" x 10' x 10' structure 85 30 05.672'N 87 08.803'W
Pens.FishingForum Reef 5 Oct 2006 Steel Welded 8' -- 10' (L,W,H) Tetrahedron 85 30 05.781'N 87 08.872'W
Pete Tide II Mar 2007 180' steel vessel; good cond.; faces NNW 102 30 08.760' N 87 14.020' W
Preform concrete units 7JJ Mar 2007 very small mark 91 30 09.814' N 87 13.713' W
Ray Jones / Bere' Reef June 2006 20 ft welded rebar reef 85 30 06.004'N 87 09.500'W
Ray Jones Reef June 2005 BuiltJun'05:100ton concrete rubble & 15 GoliathReefballs 90 30 05.360'N 87 10.530'W
Red Snapper WorldChamp. April 2008 Donated by Red Snapper World Championship Tourney - 30 05.785' N 87 25.568' W
Rich Sleppy Memorial Reef** May 2010 Two concrete deck T spans: 10ft x 3.5ft x 45ft 45 30 17.978'N 87 13.108'W
Roy Jones Jr. Reef 2** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 51 30 17.669 'N 87 14.169 'W
Roy Jones Jr.Reef 1** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 49 30 17.715 'N 87 14.168'W
Russian Freighter** Oct 2001 "San Pablo" 84 30 11.333' N 87 13.057' W
Rusty B Reef May 2005 100tons limerock + 20 "Goliath" reefballs 89 30 04.753' N 87 11.384' W
S. Monsanto boxes** Jul/Aug 2002 Only concrete pilings remain 75 30 11.856' N 87 14.823' W
Santa Rosa Co 05-01 June 2009 15 concrete pyramids (Walter Marine "coquina" reefs) 95 30 04.464'N 87 11.205'W
Santa Rosa Co 05-02 June 2009 15 concrete pyramids (Walter Marine "coquina" reefs) 95 30 04.515'N 87 11.383'W
Santa Rosa County Tug Aug. 2013 damaged by hurricanes (superstructure torn off) 98 30 05.950' N 87 10.950' W
School reef July 2004 Artificial Reefs, Inc. module - 30 03.374' N 87 11.932'W
SE Navy YDT15 MAY 2004 roof gone; wires in pilot house 96 30 05.267' N 87 09.550' W
Sea Rest Reef Sept 2008 Concrete module donated by Sea Rest 100 30 05.858'N 87 10.441'W
Soule barge & towers** Mar 2007 Barge is upside-down/ 15% subsided 83 30 10.888' N 87 14.566' W
TDC Reef #1 Sept 2007 Tourist Dev. Council Reef: 50 Walter Marine modules 95 30 03.815'N 87 10.885'W
TDC Reef #2 Sept 2007 Tourist Dev. Council Reef: 3 MC Group "Tall TeePees" 100 30 03.425'N 87 11.633'W
TDC Reef #3 Sept 2007 Tourist Dev. Council Reef: 4 MC Group "Tall TeePees" 95 30 03.157'N 87 11.640'W
Tenneco Rig Oct 2001 Dismantled Oil Platform, Jacket Portion 175 29 59.733'N 87 05.111'W
Tessie** Mar 2007 very small mark 77 30 11.637' N 87 14.452' W
Tex Edwards Barge** Nov 2001 barge 75 30 16.138' N 87 10.157' W
Three Barges** June 2013 3 coal barges (reef is 39 yrs old; time & storms taking their toll) 54 30 17.450' N 87 13.257' W
Tom White Printer Reef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 49 30 17.426'N 87 14.146'W
Tug Born Again Mar 2007 65' tug & sev. steel pipes; good cond. 95 30 08.222' N 87 14.218' W
Tug Deliverance** Mar 2007 Tug midships gone (except engine) 83 30 10.907' N 87 14.618' W
Tug Herron & LCM Mar 2007 53' tug buried @ stern; superstr.damaged;51' LCM tornup 92 30 08.187' N 87 13.684' W
Tug Philip Mar 2007 60' steel tug; fair condition; 20% subsided 97 30 07.973' N 87 13.332' W
Tug Sylvia** Mar 2007 Wheelhouse & upper deck gone/ 20% subsided 82 30 11.100' N 87 14.200' W
USS Massachusetts** Oct 2001 340' battleship 30 30 17.795' N 87 18.720' W
Wayne Frier Reef** June 2009 3 ARI concrete pyramids donated by RFRA 53 30 17.518'N 87 14.158 'W
Will's Playground Oct 2006 5/8" to 1" Rebar Welded 10-20" x 10' x 10' structure 85 30 05.650'N 87 08.780'W
Yancy Spencer III Reef** June 2013 Concrete rubble (piling caps) from Gulf Breeze Fishing Bridge 50 30 17.485'N 87 13.295'W
** = reefs in "state waters"