You drop in and immediately see the ghostly outline of a ship, split in two. Fish weave through the channel separating the halves. This is the Eagle, the crown jewel of Islamorada’s wrecks.
The 287-foot freighter was formerly in the service of the Eagle tire company, thus its unofficial name. Now, it lies on its side at a maximum depth of 110 feet. As the Eagle takes shape beneath you, you’ll experience sensory overload. Descend and part the curtain of schooling blue runners to begin your exploration atop the wreck. You’ll be drawn to the beautifully adorned crow’s-nest and forward cargo boom, both of which are thickly covered in coral, sponge growth and an array of fish. Schools of baitfish swirl around the Eagle’s superstructure and gaping cargo holds.
You have Hurricane Georges to thank for severing the vessel in two, allowing divers to peer into the belly of the ship without entering an overhead environment. In addition to various varieties of grunts and snapper, divers routinely encounter bigger life, such as schools of horse-eye jacks, spadefish, greater barracuda and groupers, including large goliaths. But keep an eye on the blue: The ship is a favorite with divers, but it’s even more popular with pelagics, from bull sharks to sawfish, cruising the Gulf Stream.
The only regret you’ll have diving this beautifully adorned wreck is leaving when your dive computer tells you it’s time to ascend.
The island itself, just a few hundred yards wide, is a family-friendly water sports paradise 17 miles south of Key Largo. Come evening, take dinner outside. Most restaurants and bars face either the Atlantic or Gulf. Watch the sunset and first evening stars appearing on the horizon while filling up on fish tacos, conch fritters and Key Conch chowder — and at least one frozen rum runner to wash it down.
Become a Florida Keys Wreck Trekker!
The Eagle is one of 12 wrecks in the Wreck Trek program. Click here for more details on how to dive them all.
Browse our list of dive operators below to book your next trip.
The Eagle Dive Operators
|Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures
90791 Old Highway, Unit 1
Tavernier, FL 33070
|Conch Republic Divers
90800 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL 33070
|Florida Keys Dive Center
MM 90.5 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33037
Ph. 305-852-4599 / Toll Free 800-433-8946
|Key Dives at Bud N’ Mary’s Marina
Islamorada, FL 33050
|San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park
U.S. 1 MM 85.5
Islamorada, FL 33036
|Seaduction Florida Keys
90507 Old Hwy
Tavernier , FL 33070
OTHER PREFERRED FLORIDA KEYS DIVE OPERATOR
|Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort, Key Largo
Waterfront rooms, pool, beach, scuba/snorkel instru. & boat charters. 3nts/2dive pkg from $345 ppdo.
305-451-3595 or 800-426-6729
|Dive Key West, Inc.
Keys’ Premiere Dive Center. Our 45th Year. Dive “The Vandenberg”!
Custom dive & lodging packages
800-426-0707 or 305-296-3823
|Marina Del Mar Resort & Marina, Key Largo
Pet friendly rooms & suites on deep-water marina.
Free light continental breakfast.
800-451-3483 or 305-451-4107
|Courtyard by Marriott Key Largo
Oversized rooms and suites on the largest deep-water marina in Key Largo.
855-335-1066 or 305-451-3939
|History of Diving Museum, Islamorada
Explore over 4,000 years of man’s quest to explore under the sea!
|Horizon Divers, Key Largo
Daily dive & snorkel trips out to the reefs and wrecks of the Upper Florida Keys.
800-984-3483 or 305-453-3535
|Hall’s Diving Center & Career Institute, Marathon
Beautiful Wreck & Reef diving. Lessons for starters and Career Training for professionals.
Great fun at Hall’s. Come see us.
800-331-4255 or 305-743-5929
|Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle, Islamorada
A newly refreshed, 143 room resort offering the nostalgic beach vacation feel.
800-667-2510 or 305-664-2321
|Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada
Craft your own adventure at our newly renovated, oceanfront, 110 room resort.
800-523-0613 or 305-664-0073
|Key Largo Cottages @ Key Lime Sailing Club
FREE kayaks, bicycles, sailing, fishing, snorkel, sunset sail w/cottage $175 NT.
|Ocean Pointe Suites, Islamorada
Come explore North America’s only living coral reef at our all-suite resort.
800-882-9464 or 305-853-3000
|Holiday Inn Key Largo
Located next to deep-water marina. Spacious guest rooms. Restaurant on-site.
866-733-8554 or 305-451-2121