Blue Heron Bridge
Rated the #1 Shore Dive in America
Location: Blue Heron Bridge: Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach
Depth Range: 5-20'
Skill Level: Open Water or Snorkeler
Tide Table: Blue Heron Bridge 2023 High Tide Tables
One of the premiere shore diving locations in all of Florida, the Blue Heron Bridge. It is located on the Intracoastal Waterway just inside of the Lake Worth Inlet often rated in the top 10 shore dives world!! This site is located inside Phil Foster Park. Divers should be aware of the tide table to dive this site. The best time to dive the bridge is between an hour before and after high tide. Depths at this site range from about 5 to 20 feet, which makes it ideal for new divers, photographers, and snorkelers.
Diving the Blue Heron Bridge is a macro photographer’s dream! There are seahorses, octopus, pipefish, frogfish, batfish, nudibranchs, and other rare and exotic species of sea life you won’t find on the reef. With the intercostal’s delicate ecosystem, it is ideal for these species.
But don’t rule out the rare sightings of manatees, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, nurse sharks, green sea turtles, or Goliath Grouper that locals have encountered at the Blue Heron Bridge. These encounters are frequent, so you're pretty much guaranteed to see something amazing!
There is a designated snorkel trail, which has rock formations, reef balls, mini wrecks and statues of hammerhead sharks for all to enjoy. You might hear people say to dive the West bridge or the East bridge, both sides are excellent. The West Blue Heron Bridge is the taller bridge and there are columns that have lots of growth on them which attracts tropical fish life, especially angelfish.
Also on the west, is the Red Wall, this wall is the last column before the boat channel and it full of red and pink sponges so be on the lookout for critters hiding in this area. Please do not dive in the marked boat channel areas. On the East Blue Heron Bridge, which heads into Singer Island, divers can enjoy under this bridge the submerged sailboat full of life and the resident school of spadefish. In the park, there are bathrooms and showers, and picnic tables and BBQ areas for public use. Parking is free, be aware of the boat trailing parking area because vehicles will be ticketed if parked in these spaces. Get there early, especially on the weekends, spaces fill up quickly. Lock up personal items and don’t leave anything outside of your vehicle. There is a fishing pier, and we advise anyone wanting to fish to get a fishing permit. Please note there is no spearfishing or lobstering allowed at the bridge.