Located in Florida Keys, the snorkeling in Islamorada offers more than a half-dozen beautiful snorkel dive spots. The best Islamorada snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Alligator Reef, Indian Key State Park, Hens And Chickens, Founders Park, and Davis Reef. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Islamorada snorkeling dive below.
South of Islamorada, the snorkeling at Alligator Reef is very popular for diverse marine life and purple sea fans. The Alligator Reef Sanctuary Protection Area is marked by a 136 foot lighthouse and has several mooring buoys. While the snorkeling at Alligator Reef is possible year-round, most snorkelers usually shoot for March through September. In the 8 to 50 foot deep water, you can expect to see snapper, surgeonfish, parrotfish and baracudas among hard and soft corals.
Offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, the snorkeling at Indian Key is known for its coral formations and diverse marine life. The island is an old coral reef. The waters and rocky shores of Indian Key Sanctuary Protection Area are only accessible by kayaking or dive boats. There is good snorkeling off the south and east sides of the island. The waters are quite shallow and rocky, so be careful - high tide might be a good time to snorkel here.