Overview of Oswaldo's Drop-off

Oswaldo's Drop-off

Oswaldo's Drop-off
ABC Islands


Site Review by
Date: 07/03/2002


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Diverjon Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Reef:    5.00
State:   Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   17 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   220 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    4.69
My wife and I dove 12 out of 14 days. We did all shore dives including 2 night dives and enjoyed each one. (For those who think I'm unqualified, I'm a Dive Master with well over 200 dives and 17 yrs exp) We've dove in a lot of different locations in the world and this was very nice right from the dock. Oswaldo's drop off is a challenge. You can start out at the white buoy around 18 ft, and then we stopped at 109 ft. It just kept going, so be careful! If you swim to the black buoy and then keep going till you get to the 2nd bird cage (west side toward the island), drop to 60 ft here and you'll find a truck upside down. Continue down to 100 ft and you'll hit bottom at the "Car Pile". We made this dive 5 times. It's a lot more than just a car pile, it's a barge that was sunk with a crane, a bunch of cars and trucks, some telephone poles, a large scoop shovel, 2 boats (looked like life boats about 20 ft each), large I beams, concrete blocks, cables and a bunch of other stuff. Sponges grow in many different varieties, about 10 or so. We saw a large school of Barracuda, about 100 on 2 separate dives. First time we saw them, they came in a circled us only a few feet away, very cool. We also saw other large schools of small fish. i.e., there are a lot of small fish on this reef, large ones are a rare find. No sharks whatsoever, only a couple of jelly fish, three different varieties of moray eel, a number of Caribbean spiny lobsters, 1 slippery lobster, 1 straight sea horse, lots of puffer fish, cow fish, and lots of small reef fish.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2002
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    5.00

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