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Shark Canyon is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in West Palm Beach, FL. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 1 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 71-80ft/22-24m. The average visibility is 26-30ft/8-9m.

Shark Canyon is part of a reef known as the Cathedral. It’s located off the coast of Palm Beach Florida USA. Lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks are found there and it’s the home of one large grouper. The sharks are not shy about approaching and usually turn away when about 3 feet from from you. Shark sizes range from 4 - 6 feet in length.

Just half a mile south of the Juno Beach pier sits a dive that will terrify some, exhilarate others. Shark Canyon is, as the name implies, the place to see sharks. Once the site of shark dive operators, who would chum the waters in order to attract the apex predators, this practice is now outlawed but the sharks still congregate.

One of the best places in the county to see Caribbean reef sharks, and the occasional bull if spearfishing or out during the spinner shark winter migration, Shark Canyon is also a great place to see turtles (loggerhead, greens, and the occasional leatherback).

Comprised of a double ledge, the reef starts around 65’, drops to 74’ where it plateaus, then drops again to 90’. Larger sport fish frequent the dive, as well as rays and goliath grouper.

From About 20 minutes north of Palm Beach Inlet, this is another great dive that delivers the unexpected. A parallel set of ledges running from 65 to 85 feet creates an unusual reef that attracts lots of action. The ledges are draped with soft coral flowing in the current, accented by sponges in lavender, burgundy and orange. In the midst of schooling tropicals, jacks and spadefish, a cavalcade of the big fellows also glides by. Eagle rays, nurse sharks, reef sharks, goliath grouper and schooling barracuda are all regulars. Turtles are almost a given on just about any Palm Beach dive, but at Shark Canyon extremely rare leatherback turtle encounters have been reported. On a good day, this dive ranks high on anyone’s favorite Florida dives list.


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FritzMoore - 1/02/2014 12:37 PM
Dove this site on 1/1/2014 - awesome dive. Jim Abernathy’s Scuba Adventures goes there quite a bit.
Jim Abernathy’s scuba Adventures
I provided a link for the dive operator.