South Florida is one of the most popular places in the world to scuba dive. Unlike the Florida Keys, where the reefs are only accessible by boat, our coral reefs can be reached using a pair of fins and a mask. Did you know that Broward County recognized Lauderdale by the Sea as the Shore Dive Capital of South Florida? YES! The Town’s great beach diving was recently featured on ScubaNation TV, a Fox Sun Sports program.
Our town is also home to BugFest-By-The-Sea, a week-long dive festival centered around Florida’s annual two-day lobster mini-season. BugFest includes photo and wreck-diving workshops, a lobster cook out, lobster chef competition, reef clean-up and the Great Florida Bug Hunt, where divers can win $10,000 in cash and prizes. If you come visit during the end of July, beginning of August, this is a MUST SEE.
The Town also has a unique artificial reef project powered by two solar-buoys, which help accelerate the rate of coral growth. Located about 700 feet offshore just south of the Datura Avenue portal, the Biorock structure was deployed in 2011. Check out this video about it!
If you dive or snorkel our reefs, remember to exercise caution by always avoiding diving or swimming near Anglin’s Pier at Commercial Boulevard. You must also display the red-and-white-striped “Diver’s Down” flag. It’s not just good safety advice, it’s the law.