Wrecks and man-made reefs help restock our waters with fish for the benefit of Scuba divers and fisherman alike. More than a dozen artificial reefs lie within a 15 mile radius of Sanibel and Captiva making these Florida barrier islands great for snorkeling and scuba diving.

One of the largest is the Edison Reef, created from the rubble of a former mainland bridge. It was built less than 15 nautical miles from the Sanibel Island Lighthouse in 42 feet of water.

Closer to home, the Belton Johnson Reef, about 5 nautical miles off Bowman’s Beach, was named for a well-known local fishing guide. A yellow and white marker shows the location of the reef, constructed of concrete culverts.

Peagus/Charlie’s Reef is located 28 miles due west of Red Fish Pass. A large tug boat was added to several railroad hoppers that already have quite an assortment of residences, including barracuda, cobia, nurse shark, grouper, amber jack and a moray eel.

Scuba Diving

Buccaneer Adventures
Serving Sanibel, Captiva & Surrounding Areas
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Ph: (239) 851-3483
Web: http://www.swflboating.com

Snorkeling

Sanibel Island Cruise Line
Daily Cruises to Cayo Costa
Sanibel, FL 33957
Ph: (239) 472-5799
Web: http://www.sanibelislandcruiseline.com/

Captain Paul’s Yacht Charters
1225 SW 53rd Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Ph: (239) 540-7623, (239) 357-8448
Web: http://www.captainpauls.com/

Buccaneer Adventures
Serving Sanibel, Captiva & Surrounding Areas
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Ph: (239) 851-3483
Web: http://www.swflboating.com

Native Guides
15951 Captiva Drive
Tween Waters Marina
Captiva, FL 33924
Ph: (239) 822-3337
Web: http://nativeguidesfishing.com/