Shipwreck snorkeling – Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

Snorkeling in amazing coral gardens, with rare creatures, is absolutely a great thing, but shipwreck snorkeling gives you different feeling. A bit of history, a bit of engineering, wrecks have a special atmosphere.

Some people fall in love at first sight with underwater wrecks, others do not like them, they fear or just find them weird. It is up to you, we say try one-time shipwreck snorkeling and then decide 🙂

Benwood Shipwreck snorkeling

A perfect place for this adventure is Florida Keys. Here in the crystal clear water, you could spend many days with snorkeling ( this is the only living coral ecosystem in America, the third largest reef in the world ) and if you want you can book a shipwreck snorkeling tour!

North America Wreck

It is a common problem with wrecks that usually they are too deep, therefore most of them are for divers. But here you have luck, most wrecks lie in shallow water and are visible from the surface!

In the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary there is Shipwreck Trail with 9 wrecks. 5 of the 9 wrecks are in 25 feet of water or less offer perfect snorkeling opportunities.

City of Washington wreck

The 5 best shipwreck snorkeling spots Florida Keys

  • Adelaide Baker
  • The City of Washington
  • The North America
  • The San Pedro
  • Benwood

The first four ships lie on 25 feet or less, they broke up long time ago, their areas are basically wreckage fields. The fifth, The Benwood is in a very good condition, most intact of these five ships. It is a bit deeper ( 25-40 feet ) but if the conditions are good and the water is enough clear, it is also visible from the surface.

Adelaide Baker wreck
Adelaide Baker


In the sanctuary the visibility is 40-50 feet, the water is warm enough year round, the main season begins in May and ends in September.

The San Pedro
San Pedro

You can book wreck snorkeling tours by local operators or rent a private boat and make a unique adventure!

Anett Szaszi

Anett fell in love with the ocean immediately when she put her head underwater in the Red Sea back in 2010. Discovering megacities is not her style but getting lost in tiny coastal villages, capturing the beauty of the sea while snorkeling. Wherever she goes, she takes her mask, fins and underwater camera with her. She has a big interest in exploring the world’s last hidden underwater paradises and marine conservation. She hopes to inspire people to protect our oceans by sharing her underwater stories. Find her photos on @anett.szaszi Instagram too!

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