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Benwood wreck

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Address: Key Largo, FL

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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Nice wreck for beginners

This is a very old wreck that is in shallow water. This makes it easy for beginning divers to experience the bones of a ship that lost its way in the keys many years ago.

Reviewed 6 December 2015
Richard G
Punta Gorda, Florida
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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649 reviews
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

This is a very old wreck that is in shallow water. This makes it easy for beginning divers to experience the bones of a ship that lost its way in the keys many years ago.

Thank Richard G
Delmar, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2015

This was my first experience with a wreck, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time I would like to have a flashlight so that I can look into some of the dark spaces. I did hear another person on the boat grumbling that it wasn't all that great, so maybe more experienced divers won't like it all that much, but... More 

Thank PainterRob
Sao Paulo, SP
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51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Nice dive spot... Good visibility and loads of fishes. Really enjoy scuba diving here. Highly recommended.

Thank annapfingsten
Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2015

This is a great wreck to dive. It isn't all intact, like many other wrecks but there are a lot of nooks and crannies to look in. With it being so shallow, for a wreck, you can see a lot of it but, if you're looking in the hidden areas, you'll need a few trips to see it all. There... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

The Benwood is shallow, 25 to 40 feet. A nice wreak to start on, it doesn't have any real dangerous parts to it.

Thank Chris B
Key Largo, Florida
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The Benwood is in shallow waters and little more than a debris field. It is a nice reef for aquatic life but not very interesting to me as a diver. Go beyond the bow 200 yards and the reef gets interesting. Ask a local divemaster to take you to the elevator.

Thank Jeff R
Jaguariuna, SP
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 November 2015

Diving in this wreck was one of my best experience so far. No currents, a lot of marine life and easy to get orientations.

Thank emerson742
Umm el Fahm, Israel
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

One of my over all top dives! I dived major wrecks such as Zenobia and Thistlegrom. If you are looking for "wreck" or hug ship then this dive does not have much to offer. However it does offer nice sea life and a variety of sea creatures (fishes and turtles)

Thank KhaledAboSaleem
Boston, Ma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2015

Nice wreck not as deep as Spiegal Grove or Duane dive at about 40 feet lots to see fish coral sharks and a shipwreck

Thank pk5500
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We dove here with Ocean Divers. Nice wreck to check out. The wildlife and coral on this reef are amazing. Not much as far as a wreck, except for the growth. So much to see, we would definitely go back again to see more of it.

Thank Jill M

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