Join us for an intimate exploration of the waters of Biscayne National Park!
Small Group Snorkel Experience
Snorkel the reef, a wreck or mangroves depending on the weather!
Duration: 3.5 hours
Start Time: 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Available Days: Every day
Fins are required to be worn by all participants while snorkeling as a safety precaution. Snorkel equipment rental available
See Keeping You Safe from COVID-19 Important information regarding new guidelines and procedures for our trips.
Snorkel the reef, a wreck, or mangroves depending on the weather! Group size is smaller with plenty of room for social distancing on the boat, private trips are available.
- Private Trip
Snorkel the reef, wreck, or mangroves!
This half-day guided trip ventures out across Biscayne Bay on a 28′ to 31′ powerboat. Group size is small with plenty of room for social distancing on the boat, private trips are available.
Your captain chooses the Biscayne snorkeling sites or snorkel site based on the day’s weather and sea conditions to ensure safety and an optimal snorkeling experience.
Each trip visit two locations of one of the following site types: 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. Shipwreck sites can vary from a small collection of coral-encrusted ballast stones to the mangled metal structures of modern ships. 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.
For a more enjoyable experience during the winter and spring months, an island visit may be substituted for the second snorkel site depending on the weather and water conditions.
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). All minors must be accompanied by an adult. 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.
- 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.
- Mask, snorkel, and fins can be rented for an additional cost.
- Mask: $3
- Snorkel: $3
- Fins: $4
- Rent all three for $10
- 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:
Online waivers will be sent with the booking confirmation. No printing necessary. You can even complete the waivers on your phone! Adults over the age of 18 must complete and submit their own waiver. Minors ages 17 and younger must have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit a waiver on behalf of the minor. For snorkeling activities there are separate waivers for adults and minors, please be sure you are completing the appropriate waiver. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. To complete the waiver process, you will need to confirm your email address through and email that will be sent by Smartwaiver.
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.