Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable
Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks and marina at Elliott Key and the visitor center grounds. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are closed until the repairs are complete. University Dock on Elliott Key remains open for day use only. More »
Maritime Heritage Trail Snorkel Tour
Contact: Astrid Rybeck, 305-230-1144, x017
Contact: Christiana Admiral, 305-230-1144, x018
Dive into history this summer with a Biscayne National Park Maritime Heritage Trail guided snorkel adventure! Tours depart every other Saturday morning and afternoon (June 15, June 29, July 13, and July 27). Morning tours depart at 9 a.m. for the Mandalay shipwreck, last four hours, and cost $55 per person. Afternoon tours depart at 1:30 p.m. for the 19th Century Wooden Sailing Vessel shipwreck, last three hours, and cost $45 per person.
The fee includes the boat ride with a ranger as well as all necessary equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, and snorkel vest) and instruction. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the park's concessioner at 305-230-1100, or visit their website www.biscayneunderwater.com for reservations. All trips depart from the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida, and are subject to cancellation due to weather, marine conditions and/or passenger minimums.
A Biscayne National Park ranger will provide an overview of the park and the submerged cultural resources before leading a shipwreck exploration. These shallow-water glimpses into the past offer a fantastic opportunity to discover underwater treasures as well as dazzling marine life. This tour is suitable for the novice and experienced snorkeler alike, but all participants must be able to swim.
Did You Know?
A boat trip OVER Biscayne National Park's coral reef can be a great experience, but to really see the reef, get IN the water. It's not only fun, but you'll also be able to see things folks up on the boat can only imagine!