Scuba Diving in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York USA

Maximum Depth:
up to 40 ft / 12 m
10 - 15 ft/ 3 - 5 m
Water temperature:
Far Rockaway starts at the Nassau County line and extends west to Beach 32nd Street. It is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens, in the United States. It is said that the name " Rockaway " may have meant "place of sands" in the Munsee language.

Far Rockaway  just west of the Atlantic Beach Bridge, has become one of the most popular and safe diving spots in the Northeast. It is less than an hour’s drive from Midtown Manhattan and south of Kennedy Airport in Queens. The spot is also known as the 8th Street, because of a hole in the fence that offers access to divers. Fortunately, it is favored with parking, just a few steps away from the diving spot. So, if you always wanted to try scuba diving, this is the best place to start. Far Rockaway is addressed to novice and experts divers.

During weekends, when the tide is slack, it is very common the spot to be crowded with scuba diving enthusiasts. Pay attention to boat traffic and when you dive, you should carry a dive flag. In order to admire the marine life, the site offers 10 to 15 ft/3 to 5 m visibility. Make a dive and feel familiar in the 70°F/21°C temperature water. The maximum depth is up to 40 ft/12 m. Diving in Far Rockaway will give you the chance to get in touch with many lovely sea creatures, more befitting Caribbean coral reefs, such as parrotfish, triggerfish, queen angels and others washed up by the Gulf Stream. You will also see lots of snails, crabs, horse shoe crabs, bass, lobster, jelly fish, fluke and mussels.

Last but not least, be sure that you park in the Beach 8th Street and not in the 9th Street, because you won’t have access to the safest diving location. So, get ready to enjoy this activity in the amazing New York City.