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One of the best diving sites offshore Palm Beach is the Budweiser Bar Wreck with its excellent full grown coral formations.

Name Dive Site:Budweiser Bar Wreck or M/S Havel
Depth: 72-91ft (22-28m)
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The Budweiser Barge, Budweiser Bar Wreck or M/S Havel is one of the best known dive sites offshore Palm Beach. She is a coastal freighter originally built in Germany in 1968 for transporting dried goods throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida. Some of the donators for scuttling this wreck were the beer company Budweiser Inc, the Boynton Beach Dive Operators Association and Palm Beach County. They stripped the ship from its aluminium wheelhouse, Deutz diesel engine plate and other parts that could be a potential hazard to divers. On July 16, 1987 she was finally scuttled at this selected dive site just a mile offshore.

She is a fantastic upright dive site with several penetration possibilities and small swimmthroughs. Its large hatches make it easy to enter the wreck. Other sights include the crew quarters, galley, funnels, propeller, engine room and davit, which all can still be found. Be careful for anglers and fishing hooks as you should not be the first diver that gets hurts by hooks or scrap metal. She has been lying there at the ocean floor with her stern pointing north for quite some years now which have resulted in a mature coral growth. The Budweiser Bar Wreck hosts a myriad of sea life such as goliath fish, jewfish and several types of grouper.

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