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SEA HUNT fans can visit the locations related to the show.  Remember that many of these locations are private property and that it is unlawful to trespass.  Some of the commercial locations are open to the public.

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The California SEA HUNT Tour

Marineland of the Pacific, open from 1954 to 1987, was SEA HUNT's primary underwater close-up filming location.  The project featured two “Oceanariums” (tanks) containing sharks, dolphins, and saltwater fish, both have been torn down.  These tanks are where Bridges did many of his underwater close-ups.  The original Marineland logo sign (without the pilot whale) is still visible from Palos Verdes Drive South.  The parking lot, the fence, and some buildings are still standing.  The Marineland restaurant was renovated by New York Food and was available as the Catalina Room for private functions such as weddings but closed in 2004.  The west end of the property, Point Vicente on a Pacific Ocean cliff, is where SEA HUNT's closing credits were shot.  Mike Nelson's boat is heading east among the rocks along the Pacific Ocean coastline just below the Long Point hilltop.  Until mid-2006, this property was being used by Universal Studios as a lot to build sets for movies.  The village in "Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) was built and shot here.  The fortress (supposedly in Carmel) where the bad guys were holding the kidnapped Bosley in "Charlie's Angels" (2000) was a matte painting superimposed on this hilltop.  The Scuba Guy was recently on the set with Universal for another movie with an exploding building.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006) and "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" (2007) wrapped up shots here in early 2006 and in July 2006, the sets were torn down and two small temporary sales offices replaced the abandoned gas station at the park entrance.  The $320 million upscale Terranea Resort, a project by Lowes Hotels and Resorts, is now under construction.  The large concrete sign (resembling a whale's tail) along Palos Verdes Drive South has been altered to feature the Terranea logo and an artist's rendering of the new resort.  Principal construction work on Terranea is nearing completion along with the complete demolition of what remained of Marineland of the Pacific.

In an April 2009 letter, a representative of the Terranea Resort assured The Scuba Guy that the upscale resort is, "so committed to the legacy of the show (Sea Hunt) that one of the restaurants will be called Nelson's - named for the Lloyd Bridges character on the show".  The resort opened in July 2009 with a large picture of Mike Nelson underwater is hanging in Nelson's along with other smaller interesting SEA HUNT photos.  

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Marineland of the Pacific:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) south to Hawthorne Boulevard (State Hwy 107).  South on Hawthorne until it ends at Palos Verdes Drive South.  Turn left (east) on Palos Verdes Drive South to Point Vicente.  On the right (Pacific Ocean side), there is a 46 parking space public "pocket park" overlooking Point Vicente that is just before you get to Marineland.  Stop there and look at the Marineland fence on the east end of the parking lot.  Along the cliff is where Universal was using the property for movie sets.  Think about Nelson's boat cruising west to east in front of you as the crew shoots footage for the closing credits.  After you have enjoyed the ocean breeze, continue driving east and pull into Marineland's driveway.  The theme park was located on the Long Point hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Rancho Palos Verdes California.  This information is changing daily as demolition and new construction continues.  About a half-mile west (north) is the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  It has a small number of items related to Marineland in an exhibit including a "Save Marineland" pin and various publications from the park.

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Long Point on Santa Catalina Island in the Channel Islands has many caves including the cave that Bridges swam through in many Sea Hunt episodes.  Scuba divers love finding the cave and swimming through it just as he did more than 45 years ago.  It is shallow and you can expect some surge. There is a surface cave that goes through the point and with a strong wind, it whistles!  Indians that lived in the area are responsible for stories and legends about the point.  There are rocky reefs on lee side of the point to 80 feet.  The front side of the point drops to over 100 feet with strong currents.  Most of the underwater shots that involved kelp were done in this area.  Pirates Cove is another filming location in this area for SEA HUNT with a good mooring site.  Some scenes for "Waterworld" (1995) were shot here.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Long Point on Catalina Island:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) south to I-710.  Go South on I-710 to Long Beach and follow the signs to the Queen Mary parking lot.  Entering the Queen Mary parking lot, follow the signs for the passenger ferries that leave from the Queen Mary parking lot to Avalon on Catalina Island.  As you cross the 20-mile-wide San Pedro Channel (often called Catalina Channel) between Rancho Palos Verdes and Catalina Island (often used for the out-at-sea shots), imagine the SEA HUNT film crew on the "Long Fin" shooting Bridges on the "Argonaut".  When you get to Avalon, several dive operators on Catalina Island offer boat dives to Long Point and Pirates Cove.  These dive operators are happy to take you to these famous sites.

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Paradise Cove was used for a few beach scenes in SEA HUNT.  It is off the Pacific Coast Highway west of Malibu and has a secluded beach, a pier, tennis courts, and a nice restaurant.   Once a haven for nude bathers, this private Malibu beach has been the set for lots of movies, TV shows, and commercials including "Baywatch" (1989-2001), "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965), "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981), "Gidget" (1959), "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" (1961), "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965), and "Malibu Run" (1960).  Paradise Cove is probably most famous for Jim Rockford's fictional address "29 Cove Road" and his beach side trailer in "The Rockford Files" (1974-1980).  The trailer was really parked on the beach behind the Paradise Cove Cafe ("Sandcastle Restaurant" at that time).  Often still used for filming today, don't be too surprised to find a crew doing location shooting when you arrive.  Weddings here are common.  Courtney Cox, Kelsey Grammer, and Martin Sheen own beachfront homes here.  The Paradise Cove Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at reasonable prices and there are restrooms available near the beach and in the restaurant.  Don't miss the marble bathroom.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Paradise Cove in Malibu:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway).  West on I-10 to its end where it becomes Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1).  Right (north) on the Pacific Coast Highway along the coastline to 28128 Pacific Coast Highway (between Malibu Canyon Road and Kanan Road).  Take the Paradise Cove Road exit.  This private beach is open from sunrise to sunset.  Parking is $25.  If you eat at the Paradise Cove Restaurant, you will get a free parking validation for three hours.  You might try parking on Pacific Coast Highway and then walk down the mile-long driveway to Paradise Cove, but there is a walk-in fee of $5.00 per person.  The beach sometimes gets pretty full by noon on weekends. (310) 457-2511

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Ziv Studios were in West Hollywood. Purchased in 1954, it was formerly Hollywood's Eagle Lion studios which had been built on the old Grand National Studios site.  Some SEA HUNT interior shots and post production was done here.  On a sound stage here, the Argonaut's stunt double rested on piles of tires so stage-hands could rock the boat.  This engineless and mastless Argonaut sat in front of a large rear-screen where ocean scenes were projected to create close-up dialog shots of Mike Nelson as if he were miles out to sea.  This common-place technique of filming close-ups with live dialog is known as "process shooting".

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Ziv Studios.  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Santa Monica Blvd.  Turn right (east) on Santa Monica Boulevard to 7950.  The cross street is Fuller.  The studios are no longer here, but there is a 7-Eleven Food Store located at this address today.

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California Studios was used for a few SEA HUNT interior sound stage shots.   Built in 1915, it is one of the oldest studios in Hollywood.  The studio's main business was renting out its back lot and sound stages to other production companies.  Now known as Raleigh Studios, it was first known as Clune Studios back in the 1920's.  Later called California Studios and then Producers Studios Inc.  It was the filming site for such classic movies as "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946), "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" (1962) and the original "A Star is Born" (1937) with Janet Gaynor.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to California Studios:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to I-10.  East on I-10 to Western Avenue.  North on Western to Melrose Avenue.  Left (west) on Melrose Avenue to the 5300 block of Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.  At the corner of Melrose and Bronson, the mirror-glassed building on the left (south side) is Raleigh Studios (formerly California Studios).  On the right (north side) is Paramount Studios and its famous arched entrance gate built more than a decade later in the 1920's.

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Westdale Village in Los Angeles is the location of Bridges first family home.  He owned a 1949 tract home built by developer Paul W. Trousdale in Westdale Village .  The tract of 450 single-story tract homes was based on five floor plans and was a section of the former Stevens Citrus Ranch.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Westdale Village:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to National Boulevard.  South on National, drive through the neighborhood surrounded by Corinth on the east, Granville on the west, Kingsland on the south and the then four-plex apartments along National Boulevard.  The McDonald's was a Jack Finch's Flying A Service Station.

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Bridges Home in Bel Air Bridges bought an ivory-colored stone facade home which today has dark-green shutters.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Bridges Home in Bel Air:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Sunset Boulevard.  East on Sunset just past UCLA campus (south side) is Loring Avenue.    If you get to Beverly Glen Boulevard you missed Loring.  Right (south) on Loring to 225 Loring.  Its the second house on the right (west side).

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Bridges Home in Malibu Bridges also owned a home in the Malibu Colony area of the Pacific Coast Highway.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Bridges Home in Malibu:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway).  West on I-10 to its end where it becomes Pacific Coast Highway.  Right (north) on the Pacific Coast Highway along the coastline for about 11 miles.  His home is on the left (beach side) at 21540 Pacific Coast Highway.

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Dan Tana's restaurant in West Hollywood was a regular dining spot for Bridges.  As popular as some of the  defunct hallowed Hollywood haunts such as Chasen's and the Brown Derby, the restaurant was a favorite of John Barrymore and has been in  business for more than thirty years.  Dan Tana's is an old-fashioned, checkered-tableclothed Italian restaurant and Steakhouse that serves American, Continental, Italian, and Seafood.  The place is romantic, low light, and the seating is mostly red leather booths.  John Belushi ate one of his last dinner's here and Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Brad Pitt, Jay Leno, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lauren Holly, Jim Belushi,  and Drew Barrymore are regulars today.  Spelling-Goldberg Productions liked the name of the restaurant so much that they got permission from Tana to use his name for Robert Urich's character in "Vega$" (1978-1981).  A few words of caution.  The white-haired Yugoslavian immigrant enforces a strict privacy policy for his celebrity guests.  If you are not a celebrity and the place is busy, plan on waiting at the bar for a while and don't expect cordial service.  Guys like Phil Spector have had dinner here for $55 and then leave a  $500 tip.  If you are lucky, someone will finally show you to a booth.  You can order The Scuba Guy's favorite, a huge Kansas City Steak,  or a New York Strip, Chicken Piccata, or Chicken Parmigiana.  Army Archerd says it is "One of the best places for steaks in the U.S. and is one of the favorites with Hollywood's taste-conscious".  Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jay Leno met at Tana's in January 2005 to toast Johnny Carson one last time.  Shandling and Seinfeld split the $434.50 check.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Dan Tana's restaurant.  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Santa Monica Blvd.  Turn right (east) on Santa Monica Boulevard to 9071.  The cross street is Doheny Drive.  Valet parking and reservations are required.  If you use your first name and Bridges as your last name, maybe you can be seated quickly.

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Malibu Colony Plaza.  In the mid-1990's, Bridges was occasionally seen driving up in a gray Lincoln Continental and shopping at Ralphs and the Sav-On Drug Store in the Malibu Colony Plaza mall located at the northwest corner of the 23800 block of the Pacific Coast Highway (West Malibu Road) and Webb Way.  If a fan got his attention, he would stop and, with a big smile on his face, spend a few minutes talking with them.  He still enjoyed talking about SEA HUNT.  Bridges was an unusually nice guy.  Imagine how you would respond if someone interrupted you every time you went to the grocery store!  The Scuba Guy likes to stop here and pick up a twelve-pack of Diet Coke to take back to the hotel.  The mall is just South of Pepperdine University with lots of celebrity patrons and has a wide range of places to eat.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Malibu Colony Plaza:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway).  West on I-10 to its end where it becomes Pacific Coast Highway.  Right (north) on the Pacific Coast Highway along the coastline for about 12 miles.  Turn left at Webb Way, and the center will be on your right side at 23841 West Malibu Road.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Lloyd Bridges' Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on Hollywood Boulevard.  The Star recognizes Bridges work in television.  There are more than 2200 Stars centered on these sidewalks.  Beau and Jeff's Stars are next to Lloyd Bridges' Star.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to the Hollywood Walk of Fame:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Sunset Boulevard.  East on Sunset to Hollywood.  Left (north) on La Brea Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard.  Right (east) on Hollywood Boulevard.  Bridges' Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard (north side) between Orange Drive and La Brea Avenue.  The Star is in front of the old offices of the Screen Actor's Guild, not in front of a dive store (SAG moved to Wilshire Boulevard in the early 1990's).  The Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalks run for 18 blocks from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard.  The Walk of Fame also runs for three blocks along Vine Street from Sunset Boulevard to Yucca Street (crossing Hollywood Boulevard).

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Dive 'n Surf Dive Center.  Ivan Tors felt a black wetsuit was too villainous for Mike Nelson so Tors had twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell of Dive 'n Surf at Redondo Beach (who custom made the wetsuits and were the founders of Body Glove) spray paint Nelson's wetsuit gray (which appeared white in Black & White TV).  Angered for being charged $100 for the paint job, Tors had Harry Redman paint the next wetsuit while being worn by Bridges' stand-in.  The stand-in couldn't put his arms down before the paint was dry and Redman's team had to cut the suit off of the stand-in.  After that, Tors let Dive 'n Surf do the wetsuit painting.  Bill Meistrell died of Parkinson's disease on July 26, 2006 at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Lori Meistrell (Billy's second wife) was one of the mermaid swimmers at Marineland of the Pacific.

Bridges remarked, "I still had to put that damn wetsuit on and take it off... sometimes three or four times a day... because they'd cut from that... (wetsuit shot) to some topside thing". (800) 326-8423

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Dive 'n Surf at Redondo Beach.  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) south to the Hawthorne Boulevard exit.  Right (south) on Hawthorne past the Galleria.  Right (west) on 190th Street.  Left (south) on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Right (west) on Beryl Street.  Left (south) on North Broadway to 504.  The original building is still there and they have lots of old photos on the wall.  The Meistrell brothers are no longer connected to the store but someone in the store will probably talk with you about the old days.  You could buy yourself a new Body Glove wetsuit.

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South Coast Plaza Village.  The vest of TNT worn by Bridges playing Max O'Bannon in "Blown Away" (1994) was on display at Planet Hollywood in the South Coast Plaza mall.  This is the original Southern California Planet Hollywood, located in South Coast Plaza Village.  The Planet Hollywood was closed in 1999 and the building was torn down in 2000.  South Coast Plaza Village is still in business.  This is still a very popular mall with many celebrity customers and you do have a chance of running into a few.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to South Coast Plaza Village.  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) south to the Bristol exit in Costa Mesa.  North on Bristol to Sunflower.  Left (west) on Sunflower to the 1600 Block. The South Coast Plaza Village will be on your right (north) side in the 1600 block of West Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa. The original Southern California Planet Hollywood was located at 1641 West Sunflower Avenue in the South Coast Plaza Village.

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Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.  Hansen Dam was used for a few scenes in SEA HUNT including the Morgan Brittany episode Ziv #3.18, "Cindy", Original Release Date:  May 7, 1960, B&W.  The dam provides flood control protection of for lower portions of the San Fernando Valley and includes recreational areas for water sports.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north toward San Fernando Valley, exit CA-118.   East on CA-118 to I-210.  South on I-210 to Van Nuys Boulevard.  Right on Van Nuys then Left on Foothills Boulevard.  Watch for signs to the entrance to the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.

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Geffen Playhouse in Westwood was the site of a  memorial service held for Bridges following his death.  Bridges' children and grandchildren made speeches. Betty Garrett Parks, producer-director "Airplane!" (1980), Jim Abrahams, and Jimmy Connors also spoke at the service.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Geffen Playhouse in Westwood:  From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Wilshire Boulevard.  East on Wilshire to Westwood Boulevard.  Left on Westwood to Le Conte Avenue.  Right on Le Conte to 10886 Le Conte Avenue.

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The Florida SEA HUNT Tour

Silver Springs is a natural springs amusement park in Silver Springs Florida.  It was a second-unit shooting site for footage used in as many as 100 episodes of SEA HUNT.  Silver Springs is the third-largest of Florida's 720 known natural springs.  It is the largest above-ground spring in the state with more than 500 million gallons per day of magically transparent water rushing from the blue-white limestone vents that are easily more than 50 million years old.  The 72-degree year-round water flows from the middle of Marion County to the Oklawaha River.  It is in an amazingly inexhaustible flood of crystal clear water reflecting the blue sky and the green forest around it.  Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", visited the springs in 1872 and is said to have "swooned".

The park became popular in 1878 when Hullam Jones invented the first glass bottom boat which allowed visitors to view fish, crustaceans, turtles, and fossils from a dry boat.  The boats attracted President Ulysses S. Grant to tour the springs in 1880.

A popular park still today, it has been the shooting site of numerous movies,  TV programs, and commercials including many of the Johnny Weissmuller "Tarzan" (various) movies, SEA HUNT's Ricou Browning playing the creature in "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), and "The Yearling" (1946).

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Silver Springs:  From the Ocala area, take State Road 40 and follow the signs east to 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard.

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Marineland of Florida was another indoor tank close-up underwater filming site when Bridges needed to be in Florida for topside location shots.  SEA HUNT stunt double crews also used the tank when Bridges was in town and when temperatures were uncomfortably cool Florida.  The 140 acre theme park originally opened in 1938 as Marine Studios, the nation's first saltwater movie studio.  The park's rectangular Oceanarium was also used to film "Tarzan" (various), "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), "Sea Dream" (1978) the world's first underwater 3-D picture, and the set for "Flamingo Rising" (2000).  The park is now undergoing the $6,000,000 phase 1 construction portion of a planned $250,000,000 renovation to include a dolphin-centered research complex, a restaurant, condos, retail shops and a resort hotel.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Marineland of Florida:  From St. Augustine, take US-1A1 south and follow the signs to Marineland.   Marineland is at 9600 Ocean Shore Boulevard in Flagler county.

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Cypress Gardens was a topside second-unit filming location for story establishing shots on several SEA HUNT episodes that featured water skiing and other surface stunts.   Originally opened in 1936, the park closed on April 13, 2003 citing the result of lessening tourism since 9/11.  Movies filmed at Cypress Gardens included "Easy to Love" (1953) and "On an Island With You" (1948) starring Esther Williams, and "Moon Over Miami" (1941) starring Betty Grable.  The transfer of 150 acres of Cypress Gardens to Georgia theme park owner Kent Buescher was completed February 24, 2004 after lawyers spent most of the day bickering over last-minute details.  Governor Jeb Bush said in a press release following the sale, "Cypress Gardens is a rare piece of Florida's modern history, ...Florida's first theme park will live again".  Polk County and the state of Florida will retain rights to the gardens and the original park areas and protect them from any type of future development.  Under it's new name, Cypress Gardens Adventure Park re-opened in 2004 with a lower admission price, new rides, and new attractions.  Buescher said he invested another $35 million for thirty new rides.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Cypress Gardens:  From Orlando International Airport (MCO), take the airport exit to SR-417 south to I-4.  Take I-4 west to US-27.  Turn left onto US-27 south for about 20 miles to SR-540.    Turn right onto SR-540 west (Cypress Gardens Boulevard / South Lake Summit Drive) for about 7 miles to the 2600 block.  Turn left (south side) into the entrance of the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.  The park is in Winter Haven Florida about 35 miles southwest of Orlando.

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Tarpon Springs was a topside second-unit filming location for story establishing shots on several SEA HUNT episodes that featured Sponge Diving.  Tarpon Springs became known as "the sponge capital of the world" with more than 200 boats working the waters from Apalachicola to Key West.  Hollywood and the rest of the country discovered Tarpon Springs with the release of the film "Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef" (1953).  Downtown Tarpon Springs is a mix of boats, boutiques, and bakeries that runs for several blocks along the waterfront. Twenty-five restaurants and bakeries with Mediterranean dishes like saganaki (a flaming cheese appetizer) and stuffed rolled grape leaves known as dolmades.  Sponge-diving exhibitions and shops line the sponge docks with a range of goods from natural sponges harvested by local divers to elegant clothing, swimwear, jewelry and shells.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Tarpon Springs:   From Clearwater, go north 12 miles on  U.S. Highway 19 to Tarpon Avenue. Turn left (west) and follow the signs.

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The Bahamas SEA HUNT Tour

South Ocean on New Providence Island in Nassau was the site of much SEA HUNT second-unit filming.  Best known for scenes in James Bond movies such as "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and "The World is Not Enough" (1999), Sean Connery learned to dive here during the filming of "Dr. No" (1962).  Divers flock to the sites of decaying underwater sets from their favorite movies and television shows.   Favorite sites are the Tears of Allah shipwreck from "Never Say Never Again" (1983),  the Vulcan Bomber (covered in gorgonians and sponges) used in "Thunderball" (1965), and Rock Point House where Roger Moore drove the amphibious Lotus out of the water in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977).  The entire Stuart Cove's PADI Gold Palm Diver Center and dock area was transformed into a fishing village for the movie version of "Flipper" (1996).  Many of the underwater sets and the fishing village are largely still intact.  "Splash" (1984), "Cocoon" (1985), "Jaws IV: The Revenge" (1987), "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954), and many more shot footage here.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Nassau, South Ocean:  Take a cab to the Clarion Resort on the island's south shore.  "Stuart Cove's Dive South Ocean" PADI Gold Palm Dive Center can answer all of your questions finding these sites and will be glad to take you diving to the underwater sets.  There are a few other dive shops in the area that can serve you.

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Lyford Cay on New Providence Island in Nassau was the wall diving site for SEA HUNT's Ziv #4.1, "Point of No Return".  Shots were normally done in less than 30 feet of water.  A very unusual shot required 110 feet!  Sean Connery has a home in the exclusive Lyford Cay subdivision.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to Nassau, Lyford Cay:  Take a cab to a dive shop serving Lyford Cay and tell them you want to dive the Lyford Cay wall.

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Grand Bahama Island SEA HUNT and SPID City An area now dubbed SEA HUNT by some dive centers, became a regular second-unit shooting site during the last two seasons of the show.  West of the mooring, there is a large isolated start coral that hosts Sea Fans and other soft corals.  Blue Headed Wrasse, blue and gray Cromus, and Sergeant Majors swim above the coral head.  There may be patches of purple eggs attached under the overhead or on the hard bottom below which belong to the Sergeant Majors.  Scuba Divers interested in some nostalgia can dive the site known as SPID City.  There is a six-seat twin-engine Piper Aztec PA-23-160 used in a SEA HUNT episode resting at 40-ft on the sandy bottom.  Large schools of blue Parrot Fish are regularly seen grazing on the bottom around the aircraft.  As divers head south from the Piper, the coral becomes solid with surge channels running through it.  This site is near the location of a "shark dive" so divers should expect to see a few Caribbean Reef Sharks passing through the site.  SPID is an acronym for Self-contained, Portable, Inflatable, Dwelling that was once used for short term habitation experiments in the mid-to-late 70's.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide to SEA HUNT and SPID City:  Check with local Grand Bahama Island dive centers.  Some of the centers near the sites will be happy to arrange dives to these sites.

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