Join us for an intimate exploration of the waters of Biscayne National Park!
Duration: 4 hours
Start Time: 9:15 a.m. & 1:25 p.m.
Available Days: Every day
Covid-19 restrictions: private trips available, 6 passenger maximum per trip, 3 groups per trip maximum. No Snorkel equipment rental available
See Keeping You Safe from COVID-19 Important information regarding new guidelines and procedures for our trips.
Snorkel 2 different sites, explore the reef, a wreck or mangroves depending on the weather!
Snorkel the reef, wreck, or bay!
This half-day guided trip ventures out across Biscayne Bay on a 28′ to 31′ powerboat with a maximum of 6 passengers.
Your captain chooses the 2 Biscayne snorkeling sites daily based on weather and sea conditions to ensure safety and an optimal snorkeling experience. Please let him or her know your preference of where you would like to visit.
Each trip visits one of the following sites: In the open ocean, we snorkel around patch coral reef which is full of color and diversity. There are hundreds of species of fish and many interesting sea features to discover. On a bayside snorkel near the mangroves, which are home to many species of juvenile sea life and fish, you see 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 why coral reefs, mangroves, grasses, and hardbottom habitats are all vital to the health of 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!
This Biscayne National Park snorkeling program is designed for active adults and children over eight who are good swimmers (private trips open to all ages). 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
- You 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).
- The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Biscayne National Park hours are 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mask, snorkel, and fins can be rented for an additional cost. Mask: $2 Snorkel: $3 Fins: $3 Rent all three for $8
- If you have your own snorkel gear you’re welcome to bring it.
- Spear guns and fishing equipment are not allowed on our trips.
Important Medical and Liability Release Information and Waivers for Snorkeling:
Each person in your party will need to sign a Medical Statement and Liability Release. Below are copies of the required waivers. Please read the following Medical Statement and Liability Release before reserving. We suggest you print and fill out the waivers below and bring them with you on the day of your trip to speed the check-in process. If there is a minor in you party (under the age of 18), to be compliant with the requirements of the state of Florida, an additional waiver must be signed by the child’s Natural Parent or Natural Guardian, not just an adult accompanying the child at the time.
Snorkeling is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is relatively safe. However, there are certain medical conditions that increase risk. If you have a medical condition described on the Medical Statement or any other condition that would be contrary to safe participation in any in-water activities, you must provide documentation that you sought the advice of a physician prior to engaging in snorkeling activities.