You don’t need to take a big, expensive tropical vacation just to get out on the water and enjoy a day of scuba diving. By diving locally here in Massachusetts, you can save quite a bit of money while also getting to know the waters of your local area much better. It also provides you with an opportunity to put your money into the local economy—those tropical locations are always going to get money from divers and snorkelers.
So where exactly are the best spots for scuba diving in Massachusetts? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Andrea Doria: The Andrea Doria shipwreck is a particularly deep dive, so it should only be attempted by divers with plenty of experience who understand the procedures associated with deep dives and are willing to accept the risks involved. Visibility can quickly become limited depending on the conditions. The dive is below 200 feet, and there’s long decompression time. The wreck of the Andrea Doria is amazing to behold, and it is remarkable to see how fish and other creatures have turned the ship into a habitat of their own.
- Folly Cove: The Folly Cove dive site is shielded by rocky, northeast-facing walls. The underwater wall is home to a wide variety of marine life, just past the cove. You might, for example, be able to achieve sightings of an electric torpedo ray. Most dives at this site are around 30-40 feet, and the maximum dive is about 80. Water temperatures during the summer can be quite pleasant.
- Corporation Beach: This is a very shallow dive—it’s a 15-foot maximum at high tide. This makes it ideal for beginners who want to see a lot of marine life (you’ll see fish, lobsters and much more). While there is a World War II aircraft in the vicinity, you’ll need to rent a boat or kayak to be able to get out that far.
- Hathaway’s Pond: This 20-acre area is a popular training site for dive shops in the area. Maximum depth is about 57 feet, with typical visibility of five to 25 feet depending on conditions. The water will be quite warm during the summer months. You’ll find a variety of unusual items sunk in the pond, including a Saab automobile, a cabin cruiser, a training platform and some tire piles. A number of freshwater fish and eels have made their home in the pond.
- The Josephine Marie: The Josephine Marie was a steel-hulled stem trawler, which you will now find lying about 100 feet below water on Stellwagen Bank in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. It’s a deep dive with plenty of wildlife, and worth checking out.
- Sandwich Town Beach: A shallow dive with a maximum depth of about 25 feet, the conditions can still get challenging if there are strong winds coming from the north. The bottom of the dive site is covered in seaweed, which means it’s ideal for finding flounder and lobsters.
For more dive site tips, contact Northeast Scuba about scuba diving in Massachusetts.