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Benwood wreck

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Address: Key Largo, FL
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Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail,...

Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail, this merchant marine freighter was built in 1920 and sunk in 1942.

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We had nice visibility and lots of life on the wreck, including a huge scorpion fish which was a treat. This is a destroyed wreck with not a lot of structure left, but lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Dallas
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Dallas
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had nice visibility and lots of life on the wreck, including a huge scorpion fish which was a treat. This is a destroyed wreck with not a lot of structure left, but lots of fish!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite dive in Key Largo. Scorpion and lionfish, sharks and turtles, everything you could ask for. Beautiful coral. it was wonderful.

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Thank Kenmoore44
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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117 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first wreck dive and loved it. Got to see lots of fish, including sharks, eel, barracudas, parrot fish, sand diggers, turtles, etc.

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Thank Alfred M
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Benwood is an easy wreck to dive and navigate. Plenty of marine life to see hiding out in the various crevices and hidey holes of the wreckage. No matter what, its a cool piece of history to see, coupled with the fact that diving is ALWAYS fun. Go see it, if you don't enjoy it, see it again and... More 

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Thank bostondiver2016
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

After doing the Spiegel Grove a bit of a let down, but still a nice dive. Use Rainbow Reef dive shop if you go. Ask for Pete (private guide).

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Brazoria, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Benwood wreck was not "intact" like the Spiegel Grove, but has been there long enough to have some very significant marine growth on it. The marine life was abundant and the Vis was great. Rainbow Reef Dive Center comes through, again.

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Thank jimirev
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Nice dive, nice wreck that a lot of sea life has made their home. Make sure you swim along the bottom of the outer edges of hull to find all kinds of interesting fish. Many classes of Barracuda as well as yellowtail, and several flavors of parrotfish.

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Thank DiverDad57
San Diego, CA
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This wreck is in shallow (40 ft) waters, so it's accessible to novice divers. It's chock-full of sea life; I saw midnight parrotfish, a trumpetfish, Atlantic spadefish and at least 50 other species on a single dive there.

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Thank SanDiegoLovesSnow
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The Benwood has been down there a while and it is pretty much a hulk but the wildlife abound... I have never seen so many fish. The depth is 35-40' so it is no problem diving and the visibility is good but no great... there are quite a few dive boats with groups so you must stay close to your... More 

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Thank Bearable1954
Rome, Lazio, Italy
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

It's funny, if you speak to guys about the Benwood wreck, their eyes light up. For us it was no big deal, kind of boring actually. Nothing compared to the dive sites along the Molasses Reef in terms of fish life and coral.

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