Diving the Gulf in December

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December 1, 2017
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Diving the Gulf in December

Winter diving is here in most parts of the world but in Florida we have the advantage of warmer water than most other places. Currently our water temps are 76 to 78 degrees fahrenheit which is still like summer for most places. If you are traveling to Florida and never dove in the Gulf of Mexico then you are missing the best diving in Florida as far as I am concerned. Some interesting fact about the Gulf is being it is sub-tropical the water temperature varies by almost 30 degrees during the year. Average temperatures range from 96 degrees to 60 degrees fahrenheit throughout the year. With that said we undergo a variety of fish migrations that continually change the species if fish you can see throughout the year unlike tropical waters, things are more consistent and can get redundant. Also here in Southwest Florida we don’t have the large shipping ports, no cruise ships and no large commercial operations which in return keeps our waters much cleaner than areas like Miami and the Florida Keys. Most people think of the Keys and diving when coming to Florida but in fact the Gulf of Mexico, especially here in Southwest Florida has so much marine diversity and a vast amount of marine plant life that is thriving.  In North Naples we have the Cocohatchee River which is where we depart from for most of our dive and fishing charters. We have over 10 miles of coastline in all directions before you run into a major dredged river system which disperses much dirtier water. This is why we don’t depart from Marco Island, Naples Bay or Ft. Myers because the river systems are much larger and much more polluted. In return you have to travel much further offshore to get to natural dive sites and clean water. So if you are coming to Florida make sure to visit Naples and plan to dive and see some of the most abundant marine life and some of the largest species of fish in the world! For more questions or to plan a dive call us today at 239-592-1200 or email us today.

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