Diving Palm Beach
Due to its unique geographic location and its close proximity to the Gulf Stream, Palm Beach is extremely fortunate to have the largest variety and most abundant marine life found anywhere in Florida or the Caribbean. We have warm and cold-water species visiting our area such as whales, dolphins, ocean sunfish and whale sharks; you never know what you might see.
With our water temperatures ranging from 70 degrees in the winter to 86 in the summer, we are able to dive comfortably year round.
Palm Beach County is also the second largest sea turtle nesting ground in the world, with multiple species using our beaches to nest. Many people come to see our turtles due to their abundance. From the elusive Leatherback turtle to the giant Loggerhead, Palm Beach is a favorite dive destination for turtle lovers. For more information on sea turtles, please visit the Juno Beach Marine Life Center.
Our reefs and wrecks range in depths from 30 to 130 feet making diving accessible to divers of all levels, with a large variety of choices. With dive sites only one to three miles from shore, you won’t have to worry about long boat rides, as most sites are within fifteen to thirty minutes of the dock.
Due to the current produced by the Gulf Stream, all dives are conducted as drift dives, allowing you to drift effortlessly along miles of reefs without the concern of having to navigate back to the boat — it is referred to by many as the “lazy man’s” way of diving. All dives are led by our professional staff of dive guides, leading you along the reefs and navigating you through and around the wrecks, while carrying a buoy so the boat knows exactly where you are. As you head out for your dive charter, a thorough boat and dive briefing are given.
Once in the water, as you drift along the reefs and wrecks, you will be able to observe over 80 species of fish, five species of turtles, numerous varieties of rays, sharks and other large marine life like the giant Goliath Grouper. The invertebrate life is equally amazing. With lobster, crinoids, shrimp, octopus, crabs and many others, there are plenty of subjects to keep photographers busy for days. Palm Beach is well known in the diving world for having some of the most unique and hard to find animals.
Photographer and writer Paul Humann has taken many photos for his popular book series, Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral, right here in Palm Beach such as batfish and stargazers.
Once you have had a taste of Palm Beach diving, we are certain you will keep coming back for more. Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures is not only the largest, but also the most experienced, professional and friendliest dive operation in the area. We hope you’ll give us the opportunity to share with you the splendor of our underwater world.
Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures recommends that each diver carry a “safety sausage” on all dives. This is generally orange, red, or yellow in color, and used as a surface marker. Since you are drift diving, there is always the possibility that you will get separated from the dive guide. For your own safety, we recommend this very inexpensive, yet extremely helpful piece of dive equipment. You can purchase one at any dive shop. They range in price from $20 – $100 depending on size. A dive flag that you can carry underwater and put up on the surface is also fine. Please give us a call if you have any questions.
In you are looking for a place to stay while visiting us make sure to ask us for recommendations about hotels in the area. We have several hotels on Singer Island or on the beach just five to ten minutes from our location.
For your convenience we have made a list of our favorite local restaurants, night clubs and other attractions to visit while you are in town. Please check our FAQ for this information.