Maritime Heritage Trail Shipwreck Snorkel Experience

Morning shipwreck snorkeling adventure

Quick Details

Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Start Time: 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m

Available Days: Daily

Snorkel the reef, wreck, or bay!

Biscayne National Park is the premier park for shipwrecks. Prior to today’s modern technology, this area’s shallow waters, coral reef, and hurricanes made ship navigation treacherous. Along the park’s reef is the Maritime Heritage Trail which is made up of six shipwrecks and features a screw-pile lighthouse. Explore a snorkel site on the trail and see the remains of these historic vessels that have become a part of the beautiful natural reef setting. During this unique snorkeling experience at Biscayne National Park, you learn how cultural history and the natural environment are often intertwined. See the majestic structure of a sunken vessel which is now engulfed by colorful corals and surrounded by multitudes of fish and other wildlife.

Ages 8+ only. Confident swimming ability recommended.

This half-day guided trip ventures out across Biscayne Bay on a USCG inspected 31′ powerboat with a maximum of 20 passengers.

Your captain chooses the Florida shipwreck snorkeling site daily based on weather and sea conditions to ensure safety and optimal snorkeling experience.

Each trip visits one of the following sites: In the open ocean, we snorkel a shipwreck included on the Maritime Heritage Trail. There are hundreds of species of fish and many interesting sea features to discover in addition to the wreck. When the wind and seas are stronger, your captain may choose to take you to a bayside shipwreck. On a bayside snorkel near the wrecks the sites are smaller and home to many species of juvenile sea life and fish, you may see hardpan bottom, soft corals, and sea sponges.

Shipwreck sites can vary from a small collection of coral encrusted ballast stones to the mangled metal structures of modern ships.

The Institute and park staff explain the history of the wreck along with information about the local ecosystems.

Our boats are rigged with shade, but there are also additional areas where you can relax in the sun. We have drinking water available, please bring a refillable container to minimize trash. In an open boat, we recommend bringing a light jacket and towels as temperatures on the water can be cooler especially after being in the water. Please don’t bring anything on the boat that can’t get wet!

Participation Requirements:

This program is designed for active adults and children over eight who are good swimmers. Open ocean water depth can vary from 7-20 feet. Swimming in the ocean, you may encounter currents and swells which require the ability to swim and float confidently. Inflatable snorkeling vests are required, optional life jackets and pool noodles are available on the boat upon request.

The trip travels by high speed boat in open waters where the jarring motion of the boat could cause problems for pregnant women, those with recent surgeries or back injuries, and can cause motion/sea sickness. To best accommodate you and make your trip safe and enjoyable, please make a note in your reservation or privately notify our captain or mate if:

  • You are not an experienced snorkeler
  • You have any recent surgeries
  • Uou have any back injuries
  • You have any medical conditions
  • You are prone to motion/sea sickness
  • You are pregnant
  • You have any other concerns regarding your safety and health

Please note: If it is determined the trip may not be suitable for you based on the days conditions a full refund will be offered.

Location and Store Hours:
  • This trip begins and ends at Biscayne National Park headquarters at Convoy Point and is located at 9700 SW 328th Street, Sir Lancelot Jones Way, Homestead, FL 33033.
  • Upon arrival, please check-in at our store next to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
  • The store is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week during high season (December-April) and 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the slower season (April-November).
Equipment:
  • Mask, snorkel, and fins can be rented for an additional cost.
  • If you have your own snorkel gear you’re welcome to bring it.
  • Spear guns and fishing equipment are not allowed on our trips.