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USCG Duane

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Address: Key Largo, FL

The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an...

The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an "artificial reef," which was specially prepared for advanced divers with clear, open hatchways and open rooms to explore.

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Fun Dive

Had a very nice dive on this ship. Sea was like glass. Saw a big grouper just as we hit the deck and then it slowly swam off. Had a guide so it was a typical dive.

Reviewed 23 July 2015
Kentwood, Michigan
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Kentwood, Michigan
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128 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Had a very nice dive on this ship. Sea was like glass. Saw a big grouper just as we hit the deck and then it slowly swam off. Had a guide so it was a typical dive.

Thank Gluehuffer
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2015

The Duane is a great dive - well worth looking into the history of this ship. There can be some current, but it is manageable and you will be completely comfortable if you're with a good operation. I went with Silent World Divers and loved it. Many times they try to pair this with a dive on the Bibb, which... More 

1 Thank waltea2015
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

This wreck is a great dive! Lot's of sea life, including a huge grouper, a coupe of large nurse sharks and lots of smaller fish. This wreck is in about 120 feet of water.

1 Thank Bill-from-Dallas
San Francisco, California
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217 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015

This is a great dive. The ship is upright and sits at roughly 100 ft. There was no current while we were there, though I'm told it can occasionally get fairly strong. Fish life was great - there was a large 8 ft. nurse shark hanging out on the bow. This is a must see wreck and a lot of... More 

1 Thank DarkRoads
Key Largo, Florida
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2015

Awesome deep wreck dive (130 ft). Usually a stunning wreck dive with lots of clear water, lots of sea life, and lots of big swim thrus and deck levels. Only bad thing is the current is often ripping, so plan accordingly. They even had a big great white visit it a few years ago (video is on You Tube). But... More 

1 Thank Roger G
Wichita, Kansas
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2015

At 100 feet down, the light is still surprisingly good midday, and did not need a torch for most of time. Really big Moray in front cargo hold, and another smaller one near bow descent line. Only 20 minutes at depth, so don't dawdle! Explore the compartments a little, if you dare, and aim for the light on the other... More 

Thank Christopher B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

The wreck is perfectly placed, sitting upright with some cool swim through opportunities. Saw a large nurse shark, two goliath grouper, lots of fish. No turtles on this dive but I am told they are sometimes around. Water was clear - we could see from one end of the ship almost to the other. We liked that you can see... More 

Thank Frank S
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2015

Did my 100th dive on this wreck, while the current can be a challenge we had perfect conditions, its been down awhile and the life on the wreck was outstanding.

Thank Nickdaly1970
Schaumburg, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2015

Wreck was a beauty, but the current was a little too much for me. I heard the current is always fast on the Duane, but until you experience it, you never know.

2 Thank lorack1
Rochester, New York
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Rainbow Reef captain dropped us down bow line and moved to pick us up from stern line in high current conditions. Drifted along wreck length and investigated superstructure along the way at around 100 feet. Nice!

2 Thank David O

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