Key West Artificial Reef Diving
The USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg has become famous as “the best artificial reef dive site for recreational divers worldwide!” The 500-foot Vandenberg served as a troop transport ship and missile-tracking ship. It was the dream of local dive boat captain, Joe Weatherby, to transform the Vandenberg into an attraction for recreational divers and a home to sea life, and his dream has been realized. Since the ship was stripped clean and sunk in 2009, the Vandenberg has become a habitat to hundreds of species of fish, coral and other marine life.
The Vandenberg is located approximately 6 miles SSE of Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). She sits in 140 feet of water, though the superstructure of the wreck reaches to within about 40 feet of the surface. The artificial reef presents a variety of challenges to divers of all experience levels, so a professional guide is required for all dives. Please read the important terms and conditions of diving on the Vandenberg (below) before booking this dive trip.
About Your Vandenberg Dive BoatBuilt in 2000, the M/V Phoenix is a 46′ Newton Custom Dive Boat with state-of-the-art electronics. The Phoenix features two dive ladders and a large swim platform at the back of the boat for easy giant stride entries. She also comes equipped with camera table, camera buckets, two fresh water showers, fresh water hose, head, ample storage space for gear and dry bags. Though she is licensed for 40 divers, she never carries more than 27 to ensure your comfort and space.
What’s Included In Your Vandenberg Dive Trip?
- Professional Guide (Required for All Vandenburg Dives)
- Full Gear
- Wet Suit
- 8:00 am
Your boat arrives back at the dock at approximately 12:00 noon.