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    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • 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.

Maritime Heritage Trail Snorkel Tour

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Date: June 4, 2013
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?

two green sea turtles

Many sea turtles live in the waters of Biscayne National Park and often nest on the park's few sandy beaches. Park employees monitor nesting beaches each summer to protect new nests from raccoons and other predators. More...