Boynton Beach Dive Sites
Mile long ledge with tunnels and overhangs, long stretches of 15-20 ft high ledges
On Florida’s eastern coast, Lynn’s Reef, FL is home to much of the marine life found on the popular Boynton Reef system. In fact, divers report more marine life and more topographical variety here than on any other part of the Boynton Reef. It is home to abundant sea life like schools of grunts, yellow tails, turtles, sharks, and moray eels.
Lynn’s Reef, FL was named after Capitan Lynn Simmons. This shallow reef is about 40 feet (12 meters) deep.The area offers natural reefs, wreck dives, artificial reefs, and is popular for night diving and drift diving.
Snorklers will enjoy it as well as beginner and advanced divers! However, When the current is strong, divers should stay close to the western edge of the reef to avoid being taken to the much deeper eastern side.
Some Facts about this place are:
Depths to: 40 feet (12 m).
Visibility: 40-60 feet (12-18 m).
Water temperature: 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit (22-26 degrees Celsius).
On-site amenities: dining and lodging opportunities.
This is the most diverse part of the Boynton Reef System. You can’t go wrong no matter where you go!
Originally the M/V Castor was sunk in 110 feet of water; max depth today is probably closer to 118 feet (36 meters). It is 258 feet (79 meters) long and 37 feet (11 meters) wide. Many websites say that the deck is in 90 feet (27 meters) of water and that the wreck starts in 60 feet (18 meters), but the super structure in the stern has cracked off and rolled onto its starboard side, so the wreck now starts in about 85 feet (26 meters) of water and the deck sits in about 95 feet (29 meters). The bow and deck are still intact and upright, with the bow rising to about 80 feet (24 meters) on top. The M/V Castor has a north/south orientation with bow in the south and the stern in the north.
The M/V Castor was a Dutch freighter originally built in 1970 and sailed under the name M/V Dorothee Bos. It underwent several name changes before being named the M/V Castor and in 1999 was seized by U.S.Customs after the U.S. Coast Guard found over 10,000 pounds of cocaine on board. On December 14th, 2001 the M/V Castor was sunk as part of the Palm Beach County Artificial Reef Program.
Recommended certification level:
Advanced Open Water and Nitrox
Deep Diver Specialty or equivalent experience
Wreck Diver Specialty or equivalent experience
Experience diving in strong currents is also recommended.