Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Scuba Diving

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Why is scuba diving so popular in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? Dive sites off the Alabama coast form part of the largest artificial reef program in the United States. There's nothing like exploring a world underwater and Alabama's Gulf Coast offers several sites for every diver to enjoy. From exotic fish to shipwrecks, there's not a dull moment scuba diving in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.


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OB Watersports
27206 Safe Harbor Dr.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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We offer your adventure in paradise. Rent one of our pontoon or party boats, a stand-up paddle board or a kayak and explore the local waters. Our boats are located at Tacky Jacks. More Info More Info
Orange Beach Adventures
27206 Safe Harbor Dr.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Orange Beach Adventures specializes in small groups of up to six passengers. We offer fishing, scuba, dolphin/eco tours and cruises. Our boat is clean and safe, and we keep your comfort in mind at all times. We can customize any excursion to suit your needs which includes cruising the local waters to enjoy the gorgeous Alabama sunsets, diving or spearfishing the best local sites or chasing Orange Beach’s trophy red snapper. Come rent one of our charters today and make memories that will last a lifetime! More Info More Info
High Pressure Charters
29603 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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We specialize in custom boating adventures for SCUBA and, eco and sunset cruises for up to six passengers. Call us today. Our boat is located at the Flora-Bama Marina. More Info More Info
High Pressure Dive Shop
24377 Hwy. 59
Robertsdale, AL 36567
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We are the premier dive shop destination for education, underwater adventure, dive charters and all of your dive needs. Our shop is just a short drive north of Gulf Shores on Hwy. 59 in Robertsdale. We are a NAUI Pro Gold Dive Center with passionate instructors. We provide visitors with rentals, beginner and master classes, charter dive trips and so much more. Check out our website to see everything we offer and to check out our competitive rates. We are here to help you dive! More Info More Info
Gary
27844 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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We are a full-service dive charter service for recreational and tech dives. We offer rental gear and charter boats for scuba trips, dive training, spearfishing trips and much more. We’re located at Sportsman Marina and have rental tanks and fills available. Dive the wrecks and the reefs Alabama’s coast is known for. The LuLu, Captain Shirley Brown, Poseidon’s Playground and more. We’ll even take you to dive the USS Oriskany. Let us take you where the locals dive. More Info More Info
Gulf Bay Adventures
9876 McGee Street
Elberta, AL 36530
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Explore the wonder and beauty of nature along the Gulf Coast waterway. Guided kayak tours, sail, shrimp, fish and swim with Gulf Bay Adventures. This is a dolphin experience like no other. More Info More Info
Dolphin Cruises aboard Dolphin Tales
25991 W. Perdido Ave.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Our 40-foot extra wide, canopy-covered spacious boat with padded seats brings the fun. We offer narrative dolphin watching, swim and snorkel tours, Blue Angel viewings and full moon and star gazing trips. Our boat can accommodate up to 36 passengers, but we also do boat rentals and private dolphin cruise excursions for smaller groups. Our trips are family and eco-friendly, accessible to most wheelchairs and walkers, and extremely affordable. We have two locations: Orange Beach and Perdido Key. Our Orange Beach cruise is behind Doc’s. More Info More Info
Down Under Dive Shop
1129 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Down Under Dive Shop specializes in exciting scuba charters, guided snorkel trips and PADI diving instruction. We also offer exotic group diving trips and equipment repair. Climb aboard our Down Under, which is a 46’ Newton Dive Special that has every amenity imaginable. It is powered by twin 375 horsepower turbo diesel engines, two large dive ladders, plenty of gear stowage, upper deck seating, fresh water showers, waterline platform, two camera tables, roomy dive deck and 72 tank racks. We also offer kayak, canoe and SUP rentals and sales. More Info More Info
Cruise Orange Beach Dolphin Cruises
27844 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Explore the nearby bay areas and the Gulf of Mexico on a 2-hour premier dolphin cruise with family owned and operated Cruise Orange Beach. We welcome children of all ages, large parties, small parties, individuals and families. In addition to our regularly scheduled cruises, we can accommodate private parties including weddings, memorial services, birthday parties, company gatherings, clubs, field trips, sports teams etc. We can also accommodate most special needs. You will enjoy watching dolphins interact with each other and hold a crab if you choose. More Info More Info
Bad Habit Charters
26619 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Bad Habit Charters has everything you need for a good time. Bad Habit is a 36-foot air conditioned boat with 1 bathroom, a Big Green Egg grill, microwave and refrigerator. We offer 4-12, 18 and 24-hour trips every day of the week. Deep sea fishing at its best. We are located at Zeke's Marina. • Bait, tackle, rods, reels and fishing licenses included • Fits up to six people • Rubber-soled shoes suggested • Glass bottles are prohibited • Fish cleaning, customary deckhand tip and a fuel surcharge for certain trips not included More Info More Info

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Exploring Shipwrecks of Alabama's Gulf

Normally, the idea of a shipwreck is cause for alarm. But when intentionally sunk, decommissioned ships and other structures (including aircraft carriers, oil rigs and even subway cars) serve as habitats for all kinds of marine life. In time, they become true underwater reefs and functioning ecosystems, providing a stable surface for algae, corals, barnacles and oysters and drawing schools of colorful fish. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with these types of habitats and artifacts, making our dives entertaining and unique.

Where to Scuba Dive in Gulf Shores

There are plenty of sites for novice divers as well, including the Whiskey Wreck, so named because it’s a sunken rum runner boat. At 25 feet deep, the wreck is one of the few spots along the Gulf accessible from shore.

Set at 40 feet under is Poseidon’s Playground featuring statues of Venus, Apollo and Poseidon himself. There will be even more structures added in the future.

Coastal Alabama’s newest entry in wreck diving is also closer to shore. The sunken freighter LuLu is located 17 miles south of Perdido Pass and Orange Beach. Starting at a depth of 50 feet (which is perfect for beginners seeking certification), the LuLu continues to 115 feet below the surface, making it a challenge for experienced divers who explore its ghostly passageways in the underwater gloom.

Whether you’re advanced or just want to learn, let our reef diving professionals launch you into a fascinating world of underwater wonders.

What Can You See on a Gulf Shores Scuba Dive?

Alabama's deep offshore waters provide access to 17,000 artificial reefs, including scuttled ships, barges, tanks and tugs. Among the deep-water sites are reefs created from bridge remains, some with columns still standing upright and resembling Roman ruins – hence, the nickname for one site, Rome. Gulf diving sites are also filled with exotic fish, including red snapper, flounder, lionfish, grouper, and angelfish.

Experienced divers are drawn to the nearby U.S.S. Oriskany, the “Mighty O,” which is the largest vessel ever sunk to make a reef. Mighty O's 888-foot hull sits 212 feet below the waves.

Everyone Can Dive in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy some basic diving at inshore locales. The basic rule is, you should be able to swim 200 yards and tread water for 10 minutes. Local dive shops can help with everything, including equipment, charters, lessons toward certification, training or refresher courses.

Book Your Scuba Dive Today

With winter water temperatures in the mid-50s and up to the mid-80s in summer, coastal Alabama is a year-round dive destination. Visibility at inshore sites is about 25-50 feet and up to 100 feet in deep water locations, making for the perfect dive. For more information about Alabama's artificial reef program, as well as reef locations, contact the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation.

If you're ready for an adventure during your beach vacation, book your Gulf Coast scuba diving vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach today. Check out other water activities and things to do in Gulf Shores too!

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