USS Oriskany

On May 17, 2006 the 911′ US Aircraft Carrier was sunk approximately 22.5 miles south of Pensacola pass making it the world’s largest intentionally created artificial reef. Nicknamed “The Mighty O” and “The Great Carrier Reef” the Oriskany is truly a world class dive. The massive carrier lays in 212′ of water with the top of the “island” sitting at around 84′. The wreck is a habitat for all kinds of marine life from small tropical fish such as blennies, damselfish and angelfish to large game fish such as snapper, grouper and massive amberjack. Pelagic fish species often swim by quickly and even whale sharks and manta rays have been spotted cruising around the tower of the carrier.