Some of the Pensacola Bay Area's most incredible scenery hides beneath the waves.
Our emerald waters provide many opportunities for both scuba diving and snorkeling. From locations just off the beach to diving the USS Oriskany, the world's largest artificial reef. With water temperatures ranging from the mid-80s in summer to the mid-60s in winter, when visibility is generally at its best, diving is always in season here.
Where to Snorkel in the Pensacola Bay Area
Our warm emerald water makes the beaches of Pensacola the perfect place to snorkel. There are currently snorkeling reefs on Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach.
Perdido Key Snorkeling
There are many public beach areas where you can enjoy the Gulf of Mexico, including Johnson Beach, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The snorkeling reef on Perdido Key is artificial reef located at the public beach area off Sandy Key Drive. This reef is located 500 ft. off shore.
Pensacola Beach Snorkeling
Pensacola Beach has many public beach areas on both the Gulf and Santa Rosa Sound where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Pensacola Beach includes two artificial reef systems for snorkeling. Park East is located about 1.4 miles east of Portofino on Pensacola Beach. The reef is located 500 ft. off shore and attract a wide variety of fish, sea turtles and all kinds of gulf wildlife. The second reef is located on the bay side at Park West, just before the entrance of Fort Pickens.
Remember that diving is an adventure sport. Please pay attention to your local dive providers and heed any warnings and/or direction from local authorities.