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“Just do it!”
Review of USCG Bibb

Ranked #41 of 71 things to do in Key Largo
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Owner description: A premier dive site in the Florida Keys, this Treasury-class Coast Guard cutter was sunk intentionally to create an artificial reef.
Clifton, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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“Just do it!”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

Dive this early in your trip if you're going to fly. You can spend some decent time on this ship. Pick your days... the current can be tough if you have limited dive experience.

Visited February 2011
Thank Ted B
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“A challenging but rewarding dive”
Reviewed 22 January 2008

I dove the Bibb a few times in the late '90s, so my information may be dated. The wreck merrits the praises it gets as a premier wreck dive.

Schoaling barracuda and abundant sealife are normal. The wreck still looks like a ship and, being on it's side, gives an eerie, almost ghostly feeling. Descending into the water column, the wreck only becomes visible about half way down.

Beware of very strong currents, especially if you have to swim against the current to get back to your ascent line! Two chaps on our chater didn't make it back to the ascent line, made a free ascent and ended up four miles away. Buy a safety sausage, if you don't already have one, for this dive.

I did notice several warning signs not to penetrate the Bibb. I know some other wrecks were prepared for light/easy penetration, I don't think the Bibb was. It is considered significantly more advanced than the other nearby wrecks, because it's on it's side, and at 130'.

In recent years, I've been hardpressed to find a dive charter that would go to the Bibb. Most prefer the Spiegel Grove and Duane because they're easier. Overall though, if you get the chance, and are experienced, I believe the Bibb is worth the trip.

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