Biscayne National Park Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

The only way to see Biscayne National Park is by boat, and the only way to scuba dive in Biscayne National Park is with Tropic Scuba. We are the only dive company with a permit to scuba dive in the park.  Come enjoy a guided private half-day trip into the park where the entire trip is customized just for you and your group and the experience is all yours.

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Half day Private Charters include your own boat, USCG licensed Captain, certified and insured Scuba Instructor in the water with you, cooler filled with ice and stocked with bottled water and gatorade as well as fresh fruit.

  • Snorkeling trips are at least 4 hours in length, and include high end snorkel gear and in water guide.
  • Scuba Diving trips are 4-5 hours depending on site selection and include Nitrox Tanks.  Note, our instructors are all nitrox instructors and as such we are able to guide you using nitrox even if your not nitrox certified.   Nitrox is not mandatory but recommended.

Snorkeling on the Mandalay – Maritime Heritage Trail

Snorkeling trips in Biscayne National Park include exploring the Maritime Heritage Trail with sites such as the Mandalay which lies in shallow water and is teaming with Tropical Fish, resident Nurse Sharks, Eels, Octopus, and countless other species of aquatic life. If you prefer to explore pristine reef, we can check out Bache Shoal also in very shallow water. If you want to free-dive a little deeper and challenge yourself a bit, we can take you to Fowey Canyon which boasts a football field-sized patch of gorgeous, healthy reef with great relief and dramatic outcroppings framing a white canyon of sand. Each private trip includes the use of high-end snorkeling gear and a vest, as well as an in-water guide. We can accommodate up to 6 passengers whether snorkelers or simply sunbathers.

Drift Diving the ledge or shallow diving all over the park.

Scuba Diving Biscayne National Park is an experience that is better experienced than described. Choose from countless shallow dive sites that include Maritime Heritage Trail and patch reef all over the park, or drift diving along the ledge of Biscayne National Park where the depth ranges from 55′ to 85′.  Here you can drift lazily along with the current as you dive along dramatic Spur and Groove reef structure. This ledge or drop off is most dramatic at The Drop on the southeast corner of the park, Triumph Reef in the middle of the park, and off Fowey Lighthouse on the northeast part of the park. An instructor will be in the water with you at all times.