The Gulf waters surrounding Panama City Beach provide the perfect home for a wide variety of marine life. Sea turtles, Goliath Grouper, and bottlenose dolphin are just a few of the species that you can spot in the emerald waters or Northwest Florida, making Panama City Beach your ideal jumping off point for an amazing diving adventure.
Dive Charters in Panama City Beach offer trips year-round, and there are multiple dive shops in the area that can certify beginners to dive, take you on a Discover Scuba trip, or tailor an offshore expedition for expert scuba divers.
Check out our dive map for some of the most popular dive sites! Historic wrecks are scattered throughout the region, and include the the 185-foot Black Bart, the 441-foot World War II Liberty Ship, and the 465-foot Empire Mica. Because of these and so many other artificial reefs in the area, Skin Diver Magazine dubbed Panama City Beach the "Wreck Diving Capital of the South."
For a list of the GPS and Loran C coordinates for Bay County/Panama City Beach diving sites, Click HERE. This list includes some of the best wreck diving in Florida!
In addition to sunken ships, new artificial reefs are continuously being added to promote sea life. These reefs include a hovercraft, fighter jets, fifteen 160-foot long and 35-foot high bridge spans, ten barges, specifically designed artificial reefs and others.
Natural reef, just a few miles from shore, range in depth from 80 to 100 feet and form ledges from three to eight feet in height. They offer ideal habitat for marine life, and scuba divers are treated to views including small corals and colorful sponges. From the shore, the jetties at St. Andrews State Park are popular spots for snorkelers.