The most popular shore-dive in the area takes you to the site of a 200 ft. Spanish Rum Runner that was sunk in less than 20 feet of water. Its shallow depths and easy access make it a prime spot for snorkelers and novice divers. Its vibrant marine life and hidden crevices make it a thrilling site for even experienced explorers.
Located just 150 feet off the beach, The Whiskey Wreck is near a sandbar, making it a convenient spot for gearing up. Its murky depths offer limited visibility of 10-15 feet, so you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for nautical neighbors.
When you’re finished with your tour, head to the shore to dry your fins and enjoy a bite to eat at Bahama Bob’s Beachshide Cafe, located just north of the dive site.
2. The Jetties at Alabama Point
The jetties are rock and concrete structures that protect Perdido Pass from the tides and currents of the Gulf, and they are home to a large variety of marine life that swim in and around these shallow waters. This makes them a popular spot for fishing, birdwatching, snorkeling, and beach diving.
You can reach the jetties from the shores of Alabama Point Beach. With ample parking and public restrooms nearby, the jetties offer a dive that’s as convenient as it is fun. Although a good distance from the parking area, boardwalks make the trek a little bit easier.
When diving in the jetties, you may encounter crabs, sea urchins, octopus, stingrays, even sharks, and many local and tropical fish. Though the water level is only nine to 12 feet, the area is heavily populated with passing boats and anglers, making it more suitable for experienced divers. For the best experience, time your dive with the incoming tide – you want to head out an hour or more before peak time.