Carlisle Bay

Carlisle Bay


Site Review by
 Bill K
Date: 03/11/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill K Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    2.00
City:   Dover Reef:    1.00
State:   Delaware Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    1.00
Diving:   30 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    2.58
This site is easy to find on the H7 south coast road just south of Bridgetown. There is a small parking lot to the left (south) of the gazebo that now has a road-cut for easy entry. There are several dive shops in the vicinity where you can get tanks. Entry is easy from the sandy beach, but it is a long swim (one map listed it as 200 yards) out to the buoys that mark several of the wrecks. You might find dive boats moored to the buoys in late morning and afternoon. The bottom is all sand, so watch for stingrays, flounder, and garden eels. Three of the artificial reefs are intact and have easy swim-throughs, while some others are broken down with little relief. Though there are small markers that show directions between each of the wreck sites, I got lost several times and needed to surface to orient. Tiny bits of patch reef are very beat, but the wrecks have some whip corals and sponges. I saw lots of the usual fish -- sergeant majors, blackbar soldierfish, french grunts, spotted moray eels, blue tangs, and several french angelfish. Additionally, lots of invertebrate animals can be found -- donkey dung sea cukes, red heart urchins buried in the sand, magnificent feather duster worms, and long-spined urchins. Watch your hands here. This is an easy dive that can be handled by beginning divers and would be a good confidence builder. Your companions can work on their tan or snorkel over several of the intact ships.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    2.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2010
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    4.00

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