The state of Florida is renown for its amazing variety of dive sites, in which divers can enjoy crystal clear freshwater dives with manatees, ocean dives with sharks, and all the other usual marine life suspects in between. But one dive site that’s managed to make more than one list counting the best dive sites in the world is called Blue Heron Bridge, located in Riviera Beach, just north of West Palm Beach on the state’s Atlantic side.
If looking for the small things is what interests you most, you’ve come to the right place. Blue Heron Bridge is an easily accessible shore dive, open to the public from dawn until 10 pm, and features all kinds of macro life hiding amongst the varied substrate. Jawfish, blennies, sea stars, frogfish, and several species of crustaceans are part of the regular cast of characters here, particularly around the bridge’s pilings, and keen-eyed divers may catch a glimpse of flying gurnards, seahorses, octopus, and rays. Throughout the water column you’ll see plenty of juvenile tropical fish, including scrawled filefish and grey angelfish. This site is hailed as an excellent night diving opportunity as well.
Blue Heron Bridge is divided into two distinct sites, east and west, and is best to dive during slack high tide, so you’ll need to consult a tide table before you go to make sure you’re hitting at the optimum time. It is not uncommon for divers to be able to do both sites in one day, with more time focused on the west side recommended to see a wide variety of marine life. Because the site is relatively shallow, rain showers and wind-driven surge on the ocean can silt up the area rather quickly, so be sure to check conditions before you embark on a Blue Heron Bridge dive.
Check out this wonderful video taken in January 2013 of all you can see at Riviera Beach’s Blue Heron Bridge!
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