On April 22, 2017, local dive shop, Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center, in collaboration with Resolve Marine, Key Construction and Shannon Bullard and The Rock Shed Crew, sunk the 165 ft long J.P. Kipp Barge just miles off North Bimini. Within the following week, a 90 ft long Tug Manatee, a 70 ft long Landing Craft, dubbed “The Lady in Red” and a 30 ft Cuban Refugee Boat, were also sunk in the same area. All at a depth of 85 ft and within swimming distance, the 4 boats make up what is now called “The Coach Sugar Memorial Dive Site” — named after Bimini’s beloved chief youth mentor, Grathen “Sugar” Robins.
The Coach Sugar Memorial Dive Site is expected to have a booming impact on Bimini dive tourism. Once marine life begins to colonize, the wreck site will become home to a variety of reef fish, marine corals and various pelagic species.
“These artificial reefs provide a great sanctuary for undersea critters, help establish coral growth and recruitment, as well as being an awesome playground for scuba divers and water enthusiasts!” comments Duncan Brake, underwater cameraman and former Bimini Biological Field Station Manager.
The vessels — donated by Resolve Marine, Key Construction and Shannon Bullard and The Rock Shed Crew — are a welcomed addition to Bimini’s wreck dive options. Like the S.S. Sapona and Bimini Barge, the new boats come with their own colorful histories. Starting with the Tug Manatee, built in 1944, this craft was instrumental in the construction of Nassau’s mega resort Atlantis. Next, the Cuban Refugee Boat that ran ashore on Cat Cay in 2015 with 19 Cuban refugees on board — yes, 19! The passengers were said to have been found celebrating on the golf course thinking they had arrived in Miami. They were all sent back to Cuba.
Between the 4 companies — Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center, Resolve Marine, Key Construction and Shannon Bullard and The Rock Shed Crew — an estimated one-half million dollars was donated in terms of cleaning crews, dive crews, dive equipment, monies and physical vessels. The sinking of these four ships was an incredible community effort and will no doubt benefit the entire Bimini — from divers to fishermen to hospitality establishments.
For Wreck Lovers Only ︎
With four new wrecks, summertime in Bimini just got even sweet-ah! Book any of our 3-Night or longer Dive + Hotel Packages to dive nothing but WRECKS! and get a Free Reef Shark Safari Upgrade too! All of our Dive + Hotel Packages include accommodations at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina in a standard room; daily two-tank dives (excluding arrival and departure dates); use of tanks, weights and belts; all room taxes, service taxes, energy taxes and resort fees. Tips for staff are not included.
Use promotion code #WreckWreckCity when booking.
Price: Starts at $600 per person based on double occupancy in a Standard Room
Package includes …
• 3-Night or longer Hotel Stay at Bimini Big Game Club
• 2 Two-Tank Wreck Dive Days or more depending on selected package option
• Free Reef Shark Safari Upgrade
• All tanks, weights and belts
• All taxes and fees
Now through July 31st, 2017
Now through September 6th, 2017
Black Out Dates Apply
Terms & Condition
This offer is subject to availability and may be changed or cancelled at any time. Other restrictions and limitations may apply. Black out dates may apply.
Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center, located at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, currently offers trips to the new dive site on an on-demand basis. Dive trips can be booked a la carte or as part of a Dive + Hotel Package. For more information about our dive rates and/or package information, please visit www.biminiscubacenter.com or call 800-867-4764.