On our first full day in the Dry Tortugas (Tuesday), we left the anchorage around 7am and headed out for diving. Scott, Brandon and Matt were onboard with us and this was to be their first ocean dive, having just recently completed their dive certification. We were hoping to find a reasonably … [Read more...] about Day 1 in the Dry Tortugas: Diving, snorkeling and exploring the fort
The Dry Tortugas National park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to a history of sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water wrecks and fantastic star gazing. It's no wonder that it is Blue Turtle crew's favorite place to cruise in Florida. Below, you will find blog posts about our experiences cruising to the Dry Tortugas.
Blue Turtle crew has presented seminars on Cruising to the Dry Tortugas at tYachts Miami Beach boat show in 2017 and TrawlerFest in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
With the wedding festivities over, it was time to focus on our trip. On Sunday, we said few goodbyes and did last minute prepping for the trip—running to Publix for groceries, loading provisions and gear onto the boat, etc. We left Snook Bight around 3:30-4pm and headed to New Pass to anchor and … [Read more...] about New Pass to Dry Tortugas, June 26 & 27, 2016
After we spent 5 nights and 6 days in the Dry Tortugas, it was time to start thinking about heading to Key West. For the latter part of the week, we were expecting higher winds and wave reports. We decided to leave a day earlier than planned because the next day was calling for 3-5 ft. waves (no … [Read more...] about Key West bound and Dry Tortugas trip wrap up
We lucked out with beautiful weather and calm seas the first 3 days which provided us with excellent diving and snorkeling, however, the latter part of the week the wind kicked up and seas weren't as calm. Since diving was out, we spent a couple of days snorkeling around Garden Key and exploring … [Read more...] about Garden Key and Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas
On our second day of diving in the Dry Tortugas, we decided to check out a group of mooring buoys that were all in the same vicinity of location. These buoys are Off Ramp, Davis Rock and Texas Rock: RNAB5/Off Ramp: N24°40.166 W082°54.510 RNAMB3/Davis Rock: N24° 41.208 W82° … [Read more...] about Off Ramp and Davis Rock, Dry Tortugas
Loggerhead Key, the largest island in the Dry Tortugas, is named for its abundance of loggerhead sea turtles with approximately 250 nests yielding 15,000 hatchlings each summer. It has also seen its share of shipwrecks. With more than 250 wrecks in the Dry Tortugas, a lighthouse was constructed in … [Read more...] about Loggerhead Key and Little Africa, Dry Tortugas
The Windjammer Wreck, located less than a mile southwest of Loggerhead Key, is the most complete wreck site in the Dry Tortugas. In 1907, the large sailing vessel named Avanti struck the Loggerhead reef after a navigational error. The heavily damaged ship eventually broke apart and sank though the … [Read more...] about Windjammer wreck, Dry Tortugas
Since our weather forecast for the beginning of the week continued to be perfectly calm, we decided to take advantage and get in as much diving and snorkeling as possible. Later in the week called for windy and choppy conditions which would be too rough to moor to a ball and dive. We brought along 6 … [Read more...] about Snorkeling and diving the Dry Tortugas
Randy set an alarm for 2 a.m. Saturday morning and he pulled up anchor and started our journey to the Dry Tortugas while Corey and I slept. We estimated DT was about 18 hours from New Pass and we knew it would be a long day. Randy drove the dark hours at the helm below so he could keep his eye on … [Read more...] about New Pass to Dry Tortugas – a long passage and a big announcement!
It's Friday and we are off the dock! Our current plan is to head south to New Pass to anchor for the night. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, we will begin our trip to the Dry Tortugas. If all goes well, we should be in the Dry Tortugas by Saturday evening. I won't have cell or WiFi access … [Read more...] about T-O-R-T-U-G-A-S Bound!