Snorkeling in Key Largo

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a publicly protected coral reef off the coast of Key Largo. The reef's mesmerizing underwater world can be explored during a snorkeling or diving tour offered by one of the many tour operators in Key Largo.

Snorkeling tours are usually offered twice a day, last up to three hours and start around mile marker 100*, where the vessel "The African Queen" from the Humphrey Bogart movie of the same name is permanently docked.

We particularly recommend the team of "Snorkeling is Fun". Their "Sundiver III" boat is fairly new, and the seasoned crew is very friendly. Prior to heading out to the reef, passengers receive an introduction about the proper etiquette on board as well as in the water.

The instructions pertain not only to personal protection, but also to the "rules of conduct" for protecting the coral reef. These tours are also recommended for beginners, as the competent tour guides stand by to lend a hand and offer helpful advice.

The boat takes groups of six to 12 people to the coral reef that is about 30 minutes from the beach.

At the reef, the group has about 1.5 hours to explore the 10-feet (3 m)-deep underwater world of the reef.

Those who got their share of snorkeling, can relax on board until the boat returns to Key Largo. Soft drinks can be purchased from the crew for a small fee. Snorkeling gear in different sizes is available on board free of charge.

All things considered, snorkeling is one of the best ways to experience an eventful tour to the underwater world of the Florida Keys.

*MM 100 = Mile Marker 100. Green mile marker signs used between Key West (MM 1) and Miami.

Snorkeling in Key Largo

Snorkeling in Key Largo
Snorkeling in Key Largo
Snorkeling in Key Largo
Snorkeling in Key Largo
Snorkeling in Key Largo