Diving in New York

Beneath the glitz and glamour of the world-famous New York City, you’ll discover a history-rich area. New York has been the epicenter of the U.S.A. ever since it played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Since the foundation of the country, the waters of New York have been busy and heavily traveled. Diving in New York, you will see an area with a rich maritime history and with hundreds of shipwrecks just waiting to be explored. A 97-kilometer (60-mile) zone with scattered wrecks, called Wreck Valley, runs north to south from New York to New Jersey. Salt water is not the only type of diving you can find here. You will find the Atlantic Ocean along the coast, and two of the “Great Lakes,” Lake Erie and Lake Ontario on the border of the state. Both of these lakes offer unique diving experiences. In the interior of the state, you will also find smaller lakes and rivers. You can decide to stay dry for a couple of days and visit the many amazing top-side experiences. “The Big Apple” is one of the most populated cities in the world and offers plenty of different adventures. You can go to Broadway and watch a play, or eat delicious food while strolling around the world-famous Central Park. Niagara Falls, the heaviest flowing waterfall in North America, is just outside the city, along with the quiet and beautiful Adirondack Forest.

Featured places to go in New York

Atlantic Ocean

Diving in the Atlantic Ocean of New York, is a little more extreme compared to reef diving in shallow, warm water.

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Inland New York

According to locals, New York offers some of the best diving in the world where you can experience some well-preserved shipwrecks.

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Aquatic Life in New York

The cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean have an abundance of different fish species such as monkfish, butterfly fish, herring, cod, needlefish, sturgeon, anchovy, seabass, puffer fish, and the American eel. You can also expect to see plenty of crustaceans like lobsters, crabs, oysters, and scallops. Some of the impressive shark species you may encounter are the dog, blue, and sandbar sharks, and if you’re lucky, basking sharks. Dive in some of New York’s freshwater dive sites, where you will encounter the typical North American freshwater fish species such as bass, trout, walleye, pike, perch, catfish, and maybe even salmon.

Dive Sites in New York