Although the water visibility varies from day to day, the Santa Rosa Sound offers beginning snorkelers the chance to see a variety of fish, shrimp and crabs. While we do not have the brightly colored tropical fish known to inhabit the Florida Keys, this area is the breeding grounds for the Gulf of Mexico. Our snorkeling trip will be in shallow or deep water depending on swimming and snorkeling experience. Children or those who don’t swim will be able to explore areas where they can easily stand-up when desired. I’ll be glad to offer a free snorkeling lesson to everyone. All gear provided without charge.
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Our experiences with Mother Nature changes every day. Some of the sightings we may observe include: an Osprey diving down to catch fish, Great Blue Herons walking the beaches, a manta-rays or sea turtles swimming in front of us or a giant school of fish churning up the surface of the water while flocks of birds dive-in for a meal. Depending on your trip, we’ll also see the civil war era cannons from Ft. Pickens face directly at us as they did 150 years ago, the “haunted” lighthouse of Pensacola Bay and the home of US Navy aviation Naval Air Station Pensacola. We might also find hidden bunkers and anti-aircraft guns from WWII, the Blue Angels or other jets flying overhead or get a close look at any of our beautiful and remote beaches. Sunsets on our Sunset Tour is a fantastic way to end a day of sightseeing along the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
About the Pensacola Beach Snorkeling Boat Tour
Captain Bruce provides private snorkeling charters around Pensacola Beach to groups of six or fewer. This is a one-of-a-kind adventure with a personalized experience for your group. We do not operate like the other vessels that load up with dozens of people. Everyone has a front row seat with Captain Bruce!
We depart from a small marina in Gulf Breeze, FL – just a few miles from the Pensacola Beach area and less crowded. The snorkeling boat trip is approximately four hours long.
Things to Bring for your Pensacola Beach Snorkeling Excursion
- A hat
- Comfortable attire including shoes for the beach (water shoes or sandals as examples)
- A lunch depending on departure time
- Any snacks and/or non-alcoholic beverages
- A bag to hold any shells you may want to collect
- A camera for memorable photos
Schedule & Availability
Reservations for our snorkeling boat tours are required. We operate seven days a week – year round.
Earliest available reservation at 8 am and the latest reservation at 4 pm.
Rates can depend on how many individuals are in the group. More information needed here – rates starting at $X. Gratuity is appreciated. At the time of booking, 50% of the amount is charged and the final amount charged the day of departure.
We will provide a 100% refund on your reservation if cancelled before seven days of your departure. After this timeframe, guests forfeit 50% of the amount. If Captain Bruce cancels the trip due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, guests will receive their full amount back.