This year’s Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards has named the Florida Keys as the Number 1 location to snorkel in all of the United States and Canada!
Captain Hook’s has had the pleasure of showing off our near-shore Atlantic Ocean to many snorkelers over the years and is often the reason many of our snorkelers move on to becoming scuba divers. With three locations in the Middle and Lower Keys, Capt. Hook’s takes you to some of the best snorkeling locations in all of the Keys.
Marathon’s notable shallow patch reefs located throughout Hawk Channel and spur-and-groove formations include Sombrero Reef, marked by a large lighted tower, Yellow Rocks, Porkfish, Samantha’s and Horseshoe reefs, and Coffin Patch. These reefs have a variety of different corals, fish species, sea turtles, nurse sharks and stingrays.
Big Pine Key
The Lower Keys’ Looe Key Reef is one of the most spectacular shallow-water undersea environs in the region and perhaps one of the most diverse marine life areas in the Keys, visible at a depth for snorkeling. Just 5.3 square nautical miles, this small area features a tremendous variety of coral structures and marine life. At our Big Pine Key location, we almost exclusively snorkel at Looe Key.
Dive Key West
In Key West, Capt. Hook’s snorkels Western Sambos, another SPA. Most of our snorkeling is done on the afternoon trips with the morning reserved for diving the Vandenberg and Cayman Salvager wrecks. The coral reef at Western Sambos is a thrill to snorkelers! These reefs have a spur and groove formation which is common in the Florida Keys, with depths ranging from three to thirty feet. These extensive reefs are abundant in coral and marine life, with sharks, turtles, and stingrays being commonly seen. Bring your cameras, you never know what might appear!
Thank you, Pam Murph Photography for a photo of a couple of our snorkelers.
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