November 21, 2016

Snorkeling & Diving in Broward, Florida

South Florida has some beautiful sites to explore underwater. Here the waters are warm and clear, where plenty of marine life and sunken shipwrecks can be seen. You can take a boat tour and go far out to sea or simply swim out from the beach.

Here are some shore snorkeling places you can visit:

ANGLINĀ“S PIER
Good snorkeling spot with reef close to the shore.

POMPANO BEACH
Half mile south of Pompano Pier, featuring flat rock masses, corals, sea whips, sponges.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Snorkel trail including cannons, anchor and a ballast pile replicating remains of a scattered shipwreck.

RED REEF PARK
Rock and reef outcroppings near the offshore area.

VISTA PARK REEF
South of Oakland Park in Ft. Lauderdale with a wide reef with rocks making hiding holes for lobsters. It also has soft corals and you can see different kinds of fish.

HOLLYWOOD NORTH BEACH PARK
2-4 foot ledges with a variety of tropical fish, barracuda, tarpon and more.

YANKEE CLIPPER ROCKS
Huge rocky area with ledges, holes and blocks full of corals and sea whips.

For divers, here are some recommended spots:

WRECK TREK FT. LAUDERDALE
A 3 wreck drift dive that includes Jay Scutti, Tracey and Merci Jesus.

CAPTAIN DAN
110 ft below the surface lies Captain Dan, a 175 foot coast guard tender.

CAPE GULL/ ROBERT EDMISTER REEF
95 foot coast guard cutter used as a search and rescue vessel and to intercept drug smuggling operations.

COPENHAGEN
This wreck lies 15 to 35 ft of water and is part of the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve. Not much is left of the ship other than the anchor, some of the structure and a plague marking the wreck.

JIM ATRIA ARTIFICIAL REEF
Popular dive area with several openings that can be explored.

HAMMERHEAD REEF
Reef stretching 1.5 miles containing undercuts and ledges providing shelter for an abundance of tropical marine life.

MERCEDES I
Famous Ft. LauderdaleĀ“s wreck.

BARRACUDA REEF
Reef with a healthy concentration of staghorn, star, corals and fish life, lobsters, crabs and eels.

HOG HAVEN
180 foot barge that lies upside down.

Tips:
Do not snorkel alone.
Some sites require dive flags, check for more information on each specific site.
Less wind is good.
Recent heavy rain is bad.
Do not step or stand on living coral or reefs.
Do not touch any marine life.