What could possibly top snorkeling in Florida? Snorkeling in the Florida Keys. Join one of Hawks Cay Resort’s snorkel trips and you’ll understand why.
The Florida Keys are home to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S., also known as the Great Florida Reef. The Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef are the only systems larger!
The Great Florida Reef lies within five miles of Duck Key and can be reached in half an hour on our wide catamaran. At Hawks Cay Resort, we have a sweet spot we like to take our guests to. Coffins Patch is part of the Great Florida Reef system, and it’s a shallow coral reef located within a protected area known as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Its protected status keeps it pristine and breathtakingly beautiful, and its depth makes it perfect for snorkeling. Depending on the day, you might glimpse a smattering of reef fish, lobsters, turtles and other species.
Rates: Adult $55; Children under 12 $45
Your excursion starts from the Hawks Cay Resort Marina, and a boat takes your group out to the coral reefs. Anyone who’s a confident swimmer can snorkel, and anyone who prefers to stay on board enjoys a fairly fantastic view, too—with water this clear, passengers can peer out over the reef to do some spotting of their own, though sunning on the bow of the boat is also popular, and our guides have developed a reputation for entertaining.
Solé Watersports provides masks, fins, snorkels, life vests and aqua noodles. We typically give our snorkelers around 60 minutes to explore and take any breaks as needed. Including the roundtrip boat ride, the Florida Keys snorkeling excursion lasts about two and a half hours. For your comfort, we provide bottled water and restrooms. Guests are also welcome to bring drinks and snacks aboard. A 15% gratuity will be added for groups of 6 or more.