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New York

You won’t be hard pressed to find a dive shop in New York, especially in the city and on Long Island. Upstate, too, has its fair share of places that can get you beneath the surface.Wreck Valley, running between New York and New Jersey, is tremendous. Of the hundreds of shipwrecks to explore, the USN Algol and the Lizzie D are brimming with history and well worth the trip.There’s more to New York scuba diving than salt water, however. Head up to Skaneateles in central New York state. There are several sites to explore, but the most popular by far is the Red Hook Wall. Here you can see tons of fish as well as the fantastic rock wall where thousands of logs were accidentally dropped from a boat in the 1800’s, a unique sight to behold.Lake George, in the Adirondacks, holds within it the oldest war ship in North America, the 1758 Land Tortoise.

New York Sea Life

In the salty Atlantic you can come across myriads of fish as well as plenty of interesting crustaceans. Lobsters, crabs, and scallops are common sights. Sharks like dog and blue sharks can be seen, especially near the wrecks.In the freshwater lakes pike, salmon, and trout will be your dive buddies. Perch and largemouth bass hang out in the weed beds, and trout thrive in colder water.

How To Get There

While public transportation is incredible within the major cities, especially in the Big Apple, there is less access in suburban and rural areas. Renting a vehicle is almost imperative.

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