Macro Paradise: Diving The Blue Heron Bridge

Voted one of the Best Shore Dives in America

If there’s one dive you don’t want to miss in the Palm Beaches, it’s Blue Heron Bridge at Phil Foster Park. Christened by many as one of the world’s premier easy-access macro sites, the critter list is a who’s who of macro stars; from seahorses, pipefish, frogfish, batfish, stargazers, and upward of 100 species of nudibranchs. Eight species of nudibranchs were newly identified at the Blue Heron in one year alone! These marine creatures are easily spotted at the Blue Heron Bridge to its shallow 12 to 20-foot depth range and choice location in the protected Lake Worth Lagoon.

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Planning Your Dive

When looking to dive at the Blue Heron Bridge, anyone in the water diving, must have a dive flag to mark their location. Another important factor to consider when planning your dive are the tides. Given this site’s location within the Intracoastal Waterway, the changing tides create strong currents throughout much of the day; stirring up sediment and reducing visibility. However, twice each day the tides reach a pivotal point where the flow of water changes direction – high tide. During this time, the current falls slack, the sediment settles, visibility increases, and the area becomes a pristine environment for diving macro photography.

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To get the most out of your dive at the Blue Heron Bridge, we recommend entering the water 40 minutes prior to high tide. This will give you approximately one hour and twenty minutes of diving before the current once again begins grow too strong (roughly 40 minutes after high tide).  For a full listing of this month’s high tide times, click HERE.

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The East & West Bridges

At Phil Foster Park, there are several key locations that you can visit to make the most of your dive experience: the East bridge, the West Bridge, and the snorkel trail. The West bridge is the taller bridge with columns exhibiting an abundance of growth. This growth attracts an variety of tropical fish, including: angelfish, juvenile triggerfish, parrot fish, damselfish, wrasse, and much more! Also under the West Bridge, is the ‘Red Wall’. This structural wall of the bridge divides the recreational zone from the boating channel and is full of red and pink sponges. Please do not dive in the marked boat channel areas. You can refer to the map below for these locations.

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Under the East bridge, which heads onto Singer Island, divers can enjoy a submerged sailboat covered in life and the resident school of spadefish. For divers and non-divers alike, the designated snorkel trail has rock formations, reef balls, mini wrecks and statues of hammerhead sharks to explore!

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For any questions, you are welcome to give us a call! (561) 842-6356

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