Little Africa Patch Reef

Park Ranger and youth snorkeling
Two snorkelers are admiring sea fans and coral heads on Little Africa Patch Reef.

Quick Facts
Dry Tortugas
Located off the north side of Loggerhead Key, this area is protected, shallow, and calm-a great place for snorkelers, and under most conditions, for children. Juvenile barracuda, lobsters, corals heads, soft corals, and tropical fish are usually visible.

Remember: Look, but don't touch!

All coral, reef fish, and cultural artifacts are protected. You should not fear an attack from the marine wildlife, but you need to keep a lookout to make sure YOU don't bump into them. Not only will an accidental brush up against the coral probably kill it, you may be bumping into any number of potentially dangerous animals, include fire coral, jellyfish, sea urchins, or the exotic venomous lionfish.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Last updated: April 2, 2021