Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach
USA East


Site Review by
 Marc Tullis
Date: 03/12/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Marc Tullis Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Lawrenceville Reef:    3.00
State:   GA Animal:    4.00
Country:   US Plant:    3.00
Diving:   9 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.66
I used to dive the Molasses Reef site at least once monthly when I lived in Orlando and visited friends in Tampa. It's a very easy dive, and I have taken many newbies fresh from their cert' dives to this site. There are numerous soft corals on the remains of the wreck. You know you're close when you suddenly notice that the shrimp clicking is a lot louder than it was a minute ago, and the sandy bottom has become Sea Urchin City. Max depth is 17'-18' feet at a huge slack tide. Vis ranges from 10' to 25' on any given day. Heavy surf due to weather can knock vis to zero, but it's never better than about 25'. All in all, a comfortable beach dive. I think I've done this dive solo at least twelve times.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2006
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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