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The Palm BeachesDiving & Snorkeling

Vibrant Reefs, Massive Shipwrecks and Amazing Sea Life

Ever wanted to splash around in an aquarium? That’s pretty much what it’s like to snorkel or scuba dive in The Palm Beaches. Just beyond our 47-mile coastline lies part of the only living barrier coral reef system in the continental United States, with lush coral and limestone formations, shipwrecks, and sea life ranging from tiny seahorses to goliath grouper. Thanks to our proximity to the Gulf Stream — closer than any other point in Florida, to be exact — our warm, clear waters boast one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the country.

Top snorkeling spots include Blue Heron Bridge at Phil Foster Park, the Underwater Snorkel TrailJohn D. MacArthur Beach State ParkPeanut IslandRed Reef Park, and Coral Cove Park. The Palm Beaches also boast multiple shipwrecks that lie just off the coast, many of which were sunk to create sustainable marine habitats. Sharks, goliath groupers, and other jumbo-sized beasts gather at wrecks like the Ana Cecilia, the Sea Emperor, the United Caribbean, and the Noulla Express.

Header image courtesy of Pura Vida Divers.

Dive Shops & Tour Operators 

Before exploring any of these sites, make sure you are properly trained and equipped to ensure your safety throughout the dive!

Many visitors choose to find a dive and snorkeling shop in the area to help with guidance and outfitting. Shops and course providers like Pura Vida Divers in Riviera BeachJupiter Dive Center, and Live Free Divers can get you going. For even more on the many great reefs, reach out to The Palm Beach County Diving Association in Palm Beach Gardens. For guided snorkel trips to places like Singer Island and Peanut Island, check out tours from Visit Palm Beach


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