Caladesi Island State Park Snorkeling
The 15th most popular snorkel dive spot in Florida Gulf Coast.
Saturday 19 November 2016 06:50 GMT
Northwest of Tampa and west of Dunedin, the snorkeling at Caladesi Island State Park is known to be very family-friendly. This remote island has three miles of flat and wide beaches with relatively shallow waters off-shore.
The Caladesi Island State Park is only reached by ferry or by private boat. This island is located directly south of Honeymoon Island, which has a ferry dock.
To reach the snorkeling at Honeymoon Island State Park from Tampa, head south on US275 to Hillsborough Avenue. Head west on Hillsborough Avenue (SR580) to SR586. Veer left on SR586 across the the Dunedin Causeway into the park. The marina and ferry dock are located immediately to the left on the south side of Honeymoon Island. There is daily ferry service provided by Caladesi Island Ferry starting at 10am.
If you have a private boat, head to channel marker #14 located west of the Dunedin Causeway. Then, follow a 212 degree heading for about 1 mile. Next, follow the channel markers into the Caladesi Island State Park Marina.
Since the wind and surf conditions can significantly affect the water clarity, you may need to try snorkeling at several locations within Honeymoon Island State Park to find the optimal dive site. Snorkeling on the Florida Gulf Coast, such as at Caladesi Island State Park, is not known for good visibility. Matter of fact, the snorkeling is known for very low water clarity in the range from 1 foot to 7 feet most of the year.
Overall, Caladesi Island State Park is the 15th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Florida Gulf Coast. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Caladesi Island State Park including Egmont Key, Honeymoon Island State Park, USS Narcissus and Devils Den Spring.