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Inside Reef aka Lauderdale-by-the-Sea - Lauderdale by the Sea FL

The Inside Reef at Lauderdale by the Sea is approximately 50 yards off the beach and just South of the Anglin Pier (Commercial Blvd). Bring quarters for the meters or park in the lot at Commercial blvd. and the pier, this lot fills up fast with patrons from the Aruba bar or. Park at the beach portal on Datura Avenue; swim 50 years East (just past the swim buoy) and descend to enjoy the reef. The top of the reef is about 10 feet, dropping to 16 to 20 feet to the rubble on the West slope. Swim North, but stay clear of the fishing pier. This makes a great night dive in calm weather and a full moon.

After the dive there are showers at the beach end of every street.


bsharp117 - 7/01/2018 7:56 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/16/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Fun dive. Average amount of Marie and coral life
joemdo - 6/22/2018 12:37 PM
Here’s a link to my observations from yesterday, June 21st, 2018. I was in the water for about 40 minutes.
bsharp117 - 6/22/2018 2:33 PM
You can usually spot the species you mentioned when diving Lauderdal By Te Sea. Your better than me as I don’t know most of the names of the fish. I posted alot of pics on my fb page.
bsharp117 - 12/02/2017 8:11 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/26/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
bsharp117 - 7/31/2017 7:29 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/29/2017. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
bsharp117 - 7/31/2017 7:26 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/28/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
FtMyersTom - 6/08/2017 7:38 PM
Rating Added: 3
Honeycomb reef, the only place I have seen this
bsharp117 - 5/08/2017 6:27 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/7/2016. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
ScubaSteve321 - 3/13/2017 8:15 PM
Looking to do some diving this week, most likely March 17, 18 or 19. If anybody is interested, let me know.
bsharp117 - 2/27/2017 5:15 PM
Not a bad dive, I dove it last year testing out my new gear. I look forward to doing it this year and finding more marine life.
Barbetos - 8/23/2016 2:05 PM
Rating Added: 4
Took my refresh dives here. Used the first reef line as conditions deteriorated but was able to get 2 hours of diving done. Enjoyed seeing the Arrow crabs, several types of fish and the anchor.

Would like run this again, and look out to the second reef line.
Cheshirecat - 10/06/2015 10:15 AM
Rating Added: 3
I was here on 09/20/2015. Vis about 5-8 ft. Shore dive. Swim out to the first reef is a bit of a swim. Not too bad if you take your time. The current was moving swiftly the day I visited. Lots of divers coming out of the water and warning other divers of the swift current conditions. My buddy and I entered close to the pier and dropped near the first reef line. Saw a little marine life. A ray, yellow-bellied damsel and various other tropicals. While this shore dive could be done at any time, it seems the best time is during high slack tide. Monitor the rainfall in the area for at least 3 days prior to your visit as runoff can affect your visibility.
kale31 - 5/31/2015 1:08 PM
Can we freedive here ?
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/01/2015 7:27 AM
There is a snorkel trail a few blocks south of the pier so yes, just not under the pier!
jsausley - 5/27/2015 11:16 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/15/2015. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Shore dive. Refresher course with Deep Blue Divers.
sabre7 - 8/02/2014 10:17 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/25/2014. Average viz: 31-35ft/9-11m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Musky_hunter - 3/25/2014 6:01 PM
Rating Added: 4
My 1st foray into the ocean, March 2014. Saw lots off attractive fish, a nurse shark, coral. Waves were rough, only made it out to the 1st reef, vis was about 15’.

Negatives- We got there early and had a good parking spot, still a long walk with all of your gear, then a long swim.

I would love to do it again sometime on a calmer day, maybe in another couple of years. Gold Coast Scuba (right after the bridge, on commercial) were quite helpful.
JoeLisa - 11/03/2013 10:35 AM
I went scuba diving here on 11/2/1997. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m.
Beach Dive
divingdisabled - 9/26/2013 5:42 PM
Rating Added: 3
Loved it, easy dive great visibility great spots for pictures and an decent amount of marine life, love to work on skills here
DMDave - 10/15/2012 5:25 AM
Rating Added: 3
My second favorite shore dive second only to the BHB.
As has been mentioned, parking can be a problem so arrive early to secure a good spot.
Theft of items left unattended has been a problem in this area, so don’t leave your valuables sitting unattended.
Several nearby restaurants for your after diving pleasure and drinking establishments are within walking distance.
Dive shop for air fills is just a block away.
scubabr53 - 12/10/2015 9:41 AM
Hey what is BHB?
Cheshirecat - 12/21/2015 10:17 AM
Scubabr53- BHB= Blue Heron Bridge. :)
imkaohs - 1/10/2012 7:56 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great visibility wonderful sea life and nice artificial reef consisting of an anchor and a few cannons
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/09/2009 6:58 PM

Clean up dive around pier but WOW! We enter northside of the pier, mostly sand and back southside over swiss cheese reef till sand in the surf line. Bait ball under pier being worked by Bar Jacks, Blue Runners, Permit and Cuda waiting. Moving wall of Lookdowns, sharptail eel, Super male Parrotfish, cleaning station on sand castle looking blocks and Southeren Stingrays on sand.

About a block south is an artificial wreck site with cannons, ballest stones and anchor.

The end of each street has a shower but parking can be a problem, best deal is the lot at Commercial Pier.

Another dive entry; Started near pier but drifted south to Datura Ave. The same cast plus a school of Glassy Sweepers hanging around a coral head.

Another entry; Not as many baitfish as Friday but we do get a visit by a medium size Loggerhead, at the sand castle we see an Arrowhead crab, Scorpionfish and a Yellow stingray.

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