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Diving in Virginia

Explore diving in Virginia

Virginia is home to many fantastic quarries and lakes for both seasoned certified divers and those looking to discover the magical world of scuba diving.

Lake Phoenix is a beautiful converted rock quarry located in Rawlings, Virginia. This hidden gem has some amazing granite walls and underwater rock formations that will take your breath away. On your dive, keep your eyes out for the plane, helicopter, several buses and boats submerged in the quarry.

When to dive in Virginia

Due to the active aquifer in the quarry, Lake Phoenix is well known for having outstanding visibility, making it a perfect home for bluegill, bass, turtles, and crawfish.

There are distinct thermoclines that stay around 44-58°F/6-14°C, making wetsuits and drysuits with thermal undergarments necessary for divers who like exploring the deeper areas. Winter water temperatures can get below 50°F/10°C.

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More Information

Norfolk International Airport is located 20 minutes from Virginia oceanfront. Other airports for Virginia are Richmond International Airport, Washington Dulled International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Virginia public transport is vast with bus and train services, or if you fancy exploring at your own pace, you can hire a car.

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