Mooring buoys help preserve the fragile coral reef ecosystem by preventing anchors, ropes and chains from striking and damaging coral. They also provide a convenient way to secure boats. Mooring buoys are located adjacent to some of the more popular reefs in the park and more are on the way.
Mooring buoys are hard, white plastic spheres about 18 inches in diameter. They are different from lobster traps which typically use smaller styrofoam balls that are often painted with bright colors.
How do I use a mooring buoy?
What if a mooring buoy is not available?
Anchor in sandy areas and downwind from the reef in order to keep the anchor line from dragging across the reef (which could cause damage to the reef and result in a substantial fine). Use five to seven times the length of rope as the depth of the water (in rough seas use more line). Do not anchor within 300 feet of a mooring buoy. Snorkel or dive to check that the anchor and line are secure and not touching any coral. Please do your part to help protect our reef and our national park.
Last updated: September 20, 2023