Wrecks and man-made reefs help restock our waters with fish for the benefit of divers and fisherman alike. More than a dozen artificial reefs lie within a 15 mile radius of Sanibel and Captiva.
- One of the largest is the Edison Reef, created from the rubble of a former mainland bridge. It was built less than 15 nautical miles from the Sanibel Lighthouse in 42 feet of water.
- Closer to home, the Belton Johnson Reef, about 5 nautical miles off Bowman’s Beach, was named for a well-known local fishing guide. A yellow and white marker shows the location of the reef, constructed of concrete culverts.
- Peagus/ Charlie’s Reef is the newest reef installed July 1999, located 28 miles due west of Red Fish Pass. A large tug boat was added to several railroad hoppers that already have quite an assortment of residences, including barracuda, cobia, nurse shark, grouper, amber jack and a moray eel.
- The U.S.S Mohawk, a 165ft. USCG Cutter was sunk 30 miles off of Sanibel in 90 feet of water on July 2nd, 2012 and is now a Veterans Memorial Reef. The Mohawk saw action in WWII and is a diving sensation. Whale Sharks have been frequenting the Mohawk since it’s sinking offering divers the chance of a lifetime to dive with the largest fish in the sea.
There are many local charter captains who can provide a snorkeling trip, for a scuba trip, Sea Horse Scuba a full service PADI 5 Star training facility (239) 454-3111. To rent snorkeling equipment call Jim’s Rentals at Yolo Watersports (239) 472-9656. The Bait Box sells masks, goggles, and snorkeling equipment, 941-472-1618.
Captain Russ Crocker
c\o South Seas! Resort Bayside Marina
5400 Plantation Drive P.O. Box 574
Captiva Island, FL 33924
Deans Dive Center
15200 S. Tamiami Trail Suite 103
Fort Myers, Florida
Services include training, charters, scuba equipment rental, repair and maintenance, air and Nitrox fills and underwater camera rentals.
Capt. Bill Warren
P.O. Box 1516
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Web Site: http://www.seahorsescubaftmyers.com
Seahorse Scuba is a PADI 5 STAR TRAINING FACILITY offering daily diving and snorketling charters, 3-day accelerated certification classes, referrral certification dives, rental equipment, air and nitrox fills, equipment sales and service and kids scuba camp.