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Favorite freediving sites & charters around the Destin/PCB area?

Discussion in 'USA/Canada' started by JDanielATL, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. JDanielATL

    JDanielATL New Member

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    10:51 AM
    Hi guys,

    I have used the search function and read through several Florida-related threads, but those are fairly old, and I'd like to get some updated info! I'd like to get your input on favorite freediving locations off the coast of Destin and PCB since it's a very doable driving distance from Atlanta for a weekend. I am aware of diving the springs down there, but for this conversation, I'd like to stick with the gulf.

    I have heard that depth is fairly limited just off shore, but do you have and recommendations for good diving sites (shipwreck/reef) in the 70-100 foot range? I'd be interested in improving my bottom time in that depth range if that was the deepest we could go.
    And on that note, do you have any boat charters that you could recommend that wouldn't completely break the bank for a day or two of diving? I reached out to Diver's Den in PCB yesterday to inquire about prices, but haven't heard back yet. I am hoping that they would let myself and a buddy tag along on a scuba boat or something of that nature.

    Any additional thoughts on diving in this general area is much appreciated!
     
  2. BatRay

    BatRay Forum Mentor Staff Member Forum Mentor

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    8:51 AM
    Any word back from the boat charters? They seem like they would be a good resource overall.
     
  3. JDanielATL

    JDanielATL New Member

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    10:51 AM
    Unfortunately no, I never heard back from Diver's Den. I suppose I can explore other options, and talk to them in person the next time I'm in the area.
     
  4. BatRay

    BatRay Forum Mentor Staff Member Forum Mentor

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    That's unfortunate. How did you guys fare during the last hurricane season?
     
  5. JDanielATL

    JDanielATL New Member

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    Hah, well i live in Atlanta so I fared just fine :)

    Although, we did get blasted with the tail end of whatever major hurricane came up the East Coast, can't remember which one. That's the only time I can remember a hurricane having a noticeable impact on inland GA.
     
  6. BatRay

    BatRay Forum Mentor Staff Member Forum Mentor

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    Ah, good to know. It seemed like the entire Gulf and eastern seaboard has been having issues with those in recent years.
     
  7. cdavis

    cdavis Supporter Supporter

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    4:51 PM
    There is a lot of good ledgy bottom in the depth range you are talking about also some good wreaks. A good charter captain will have a long list of sites. Finding one that is willing to take freedivers is another matter. All you can do is call everybody you can find on the internet and find out.