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Incredible Diving in Ft. Myers

  • July 23, 2014

 In recent years many vessels have been sunk around Fort Myers to create artificial reefs that have become a mecca for divers and dive-enthusiasts.  The most recent addition to our waters is the USS Mohawk, a 165-foot WWII Coast Guard Cutter that played a role in the D-Day invasion of 1944.  If you’re staying with us in Fort Myers this summer you won’t want to miss the truly unique experience of diving the incredible reef formed in and around the USS Mohawk. 

There’s more than just an incredible array of exotic fish and underwater plants to see aboard the ghostly vestiges of this storied vessel.  Joe Weatherby, who oversaw the sinking of the Mohawk, has partnered with Austrian artist Andreas Franke to create a unique underwater art gallery that can be experienced by divers.  Franke creates photographic art that is attached to the skeleton of the ship by small magnets.  His photographs are eerie yet comedic staged studio scenes that portray Navy swabs and their girlfriends in WWII style poses.  Franke’s photos will rest on the ship for a period of four months before being returned to the surface for display in local art galleries.  Recently, a resident described his dive to the USS Mohawk as part of a perfect day of fishing and diving in Southwest Florida. 

Two of Andreas Frankes' photos "aboard" the USS Mohawk

If you’re looking to outfit for scuba diving, Ft. Myers has several convenient options.  Check out Captain Pete’s Diving Outfitters for a great selection of gear and guided diving excursions.  The Scubavice Dive Center offers a good selection of equipment rentals as well as classes and guided excursions.
Welcome to Fort Myers Florida, the City of Palms.  Here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Hotel we live up to our city’s reputation by providing our guests with a great palm-shaded beach.  When it’s time to get in the water, be sure to check out some of the great diving options around the city.  There’s simply no limit to the summer fun here in Fort Myers.  Book your stay with us today!


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