Blue Turtle Cruising

Eat, sleep, dive … repeat!

After 2 great days (Sunday and Monday) diving, we were psyched to continue with our routine. On Tuesday and Wednesday we headed out early in order to grab a mooring ball at Looe Key. Both days weren’t quite as calm and clear as the previous 2 days, but the diving continued to not disappoint. Since …

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Loving Looe Key and Newfound Harbor!

We arrived at Newfound Harbor on Saturday afternoon and anchored the Blue Turtle. Corey set out for a paddle on his kayak while Randy and I cleaned up the boat and I got dinner ready. When Corey returned, he told us he met a group of folks on Picnic Island who were playing ukelele and …

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Garden Key and Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas

We lucked out with beautiful weather and calm seas the first 3 days which provided us with excellent diving and snorkeling, however, the latter part of the week the wind kicked up and seas weren’t as calm. Since diving was out, we spent a couple of days snorkeling around Garden Key and exploring Fort Jefferson. …

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Off Ramp and Davis Rock, Dry Tortugas

On our second day of diving in the Dry Tortugas, we decided to check out a group of mooring buoys that were all in the same vicinity of location. These buoys are Off Ramp, Davis Rock and Texas Rock: RNAB5/Off Ramp: N24°40.166 W082°54.510 RNAMB3/Davis Rock: N24° 41.208 W82° 54.450 RNAMB4/Texas Rock: N24° 40.814 W82° 53.120 …

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Loggerhead Key and Little Africa, Dry Tortugas

Loggerhead Key, the largest island in the Dry Tortugas, is named for its abundance of loggerhead sea turtles with approximately 250 nests yielding 15,000 hatchlings each summer. It has also seen its share of shipwrecks. With more than 250 wrecks in the Dry Tortugas, a lighthouse was constructed in 1856 to protect mariners from the …

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Windjammer wreck, Dry Tortugas

The Windjammer Wreck, located less than a mile southwest of Loggerhead Key, is the most complete wreck site in the Dry Tortugas. In 1907, the large sailing vessel named Avanti struck the Loggerhead reef after a navigational error. The heavily damaged ship eventually broke apart and sank though the crew was saved. The wreck site …

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Snorkeling and diving the Dry Tortugas

Since our weather forecast for the beginning of the week continued to be perfectly calm, we decided to take advantage and get in as much diving and snorkeling as possible. Later in the week called for windy and choppy conditions which would be too rough to moor to a ball and dive. We brought along …

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Post Tortugas/Keys trip wrap up

So tomorrow it’s back to the grind—the routine, the work, the clients.  I worked some last week, but was out some due to us breaking down in Naples and retrieving the car.  I just watched this video and soooo wanted to be back there (Dry Tortugas). Don’t get me wrong, I love my work and clients …

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Last weekend diving Looe Key, July 25-27, 2014

With one last weekend in the Keys before we head back, we decided to go back to our favorite dive spot so far—Looe Key—anchoring again at Newfound Harbor.  We stayed at Newfound Harbor on Friday night and got up early on Saturday to head to the reef. We arrived before any other boats, before even …

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More diving, fishing and a visit from Sea Crazy

The diving continued this weekend with a couple of trips out to Samantha Reef.  The weather was perfect for diving and the water was smooth as glass. Samantha is an un-marked reef with no buoys so we had to be careful making sure we dropped our anchor in the sand and not on part of …

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Dive, dive, diving Marathon, Florida [Video]

This past week was spent working and catching up on chores. Finally, we went diving! Sombrero Reef is about 4 miles offshore from Marathon Marina which makes it very convenient to get in a few quick dives without all the travel time. A National Marine Sanctuary, the reef is marked by a 140 foot lighted …

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