The sandy white beaches and emerald green waters of the Destin coastline play host to more than just typical beach lounging. Destin Snorkel, located in Harborwalk Village, offers snorkeling, shelling, dolphin and sunset cruises, and SNUBA, a snorkeling-SCUBA hybrid that offers the immersion of SCUBA without the demands of a diving certification. Snorkelers visit the famed jetties, a mecca for marine enthusiasts, while dolphin cruises throughout the day take eager tourists and locals alike on the hunt for everyone’s favorite ocean mascot, the bottlenose dolphin.
What Makes It Great
Northwest Florida is home to an impressive marine ecosystem, and Destin Snorkel seeks to introduce anyone with an affinity for life below the surface to a world often unseen. Dolphin cruises and shelling tours give opportunity for shallow snorkeling, as well as a 98% success rate for dolphin spotting, while additional dolphin cruises depart just before sundown for the added pleasure of an incomparable Gulf Coast sunset. For those looking for a full-immersion experience, SNUBA is an excellent choice: dive up to 20 ft. with an air line connected to a traditional SCUBA tank that remains mounted to a mobile raft above the surface for up to 30 minutes of uninhibited diving.
Destin Snorkel’s most popular tour is a menagerie of experiences in a three hour, two-stop tour taking patrons to both the man-made jetties residing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, providing ample opportunity for snorkelers to experience the diversity and brilliance of Destin waters. Professional guides well-versed in the area navigate swimmers through the Gulf and Bay, optimizing the chances of seeing the spectacular.
Seahorses, rays, baby shrimp, crabs, and schools of fish all inhabit these waters, and snorkeling coupled with the use of complimentary kayaks means folks can witness the biodiversity of this coastal paradise from numerous vantage points. This tour completes with the search for dolphins, making it the most inclusive option Destin Snorkel offers.
Who is Going to Love It
Confident swimmers ages 8 years and up can enjoy SNUBA, while snorkeling, shelling, and dolphin cruises offer entertainment for all ages. SNUBA participants spend as much time as needed to grow comfortable with the sensation of breathing underwater before heading into the depths, and even those who have never snorkeled before are welcomed to join in on the SNUBA fun. Destin Snorkel guests have a variety of options, including combination packages, making it simple to build the perfect day.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Destin Snorkel is located directly on the Destin Harbor within Harborwalk Village. Parking at the shopfront may be limited depending on the season and time of day, but fear not---plenty of parking is available throughout the Village in numerous lots. Water and sodas are provided on the tours, but light snacks and adult beverages for those 21 and older are welcome as well. Just make sure to leave the glass at home and pick up some cans on the way to what promises to be an adventure!