Southeast of Pensacola, the snorkeling at Pensacola Beach Bay Snorkel Reef offers the chance to explore a large offshore artificial reef. The Pensacola Beach Bay Snorkel Reef (aka Park West Snorkel Reef) was installed by the Escambia County Marine Resources Division in water ranging from 7 to 10 feet deep. During an artificial reef snorkeling dive off Pensacola, you may encounter a large quantity of marine life.
The Escambia County is expanding the Pensacola Beach Bay Snorkel Reef to the north in December 2012 with three new concrete reef modules and 10 tons of faux ballast rock.
The Pensacola Beach Bay Snorkel Reef is accessed from the parking lot on the north side of Fort Pickens Road. To reach the snorkeling off the panhandle of Florida by air, you will need to fly into either Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) or Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (ECP) north of Panama City.
Note: a diver-down flag is highly recommended. It is actually required by Florida Law.
Overall, Pensacola Beach Bay Snorkel Reef is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Florida Panhandle.