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Snorkeling with a guide








Hop on a boat and have a seasoned captain show you all the best snorkeling spots to see marine life in the Gulf and Choctawhatchee Bay.

For little ones, a morning trip on the Cattywampus is ideal, providing enough space to bring a stroller onboard and avoid the heat of the afternoon sun before arriving at the first of two locations. The crystal-clear waters surrounding you combined with the white sand make spotting sea life very easy, and locations like the East Jetty, a man-made rock structure located off Holiday Isle, attract small-to-medium sized aquarium fish such as brightly colored damsels. For those that are starting to feel a bit more comfortable, the deeper water offers a glimpse at larger fish like flounder, barracuda, and on occasion turtles hanging out near the rocks of the jetty. The area is as shallow as the beach, or as deep as you’re comfortable venturing.

For those spending the afternoon onboard with Destin Snorkel you’ll also have an opportunity to explore a grass flats area in the bay (just off Clement Taylor Park), affectionately referred to as the “baby nursery of the sea.” This unique ecosystem is home to some of the smallest, and most intriguing sea creatures including sea horses, hermit crabs, blue crabs, and living shells. Grab a net and start searching as little ones enjoy spotting sea life that is just their size, and everyone in the family delights in the treasures (shells anyone?) and creatures that the experienced crew will happily point out.

The water in the flats is as shallow as 3 feet and as deep as approximately 10 feet. The fun continues back on board as your captain will likely cruise through the Destin Harbor to see the world-famous fishing fleet and the area’s most popular residents, dolphins!

Local Scout Tip

Your snorkel guides will supply all the equipment you need for a great snorkeling adventure, but most don’t offer or sell snacks. Feel free to bring a cooler with food, kids snacks and beverages!

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Enjoy dolphin spotting and snorkeling on this custom catamaran as Captain Tony and his first mate guide you through Destin Harbor and the Gulf.

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Deep sea fishing and snorkeling for newbies and enthusiasts. Their fishing trips range from private charters to budget-friendly walk-on fishing trips.

Where to Stay

Destin West Vacations

Destin West Vacation offers 1-3 bedroom suites and condos located on the Bay or the Gulf on Okaloosa Island.

Five Star Properties

Five Star Properties offers luxury vacation rentals in Holiday Isle, Crystal Beach, Dunes of Destin and more.

Tru by Hilton Destin

Tru by Hilton Fort Walton Beach's lobby features a game zone and 24-hour market. Located 5 minutes from the beach, they also have an outdoor pool and free breakfast.

Food + Drink

Harbor Docks

Known for their sushi, all of Harbor Docks' fish is sourced from their attached seafood market. Watch your catch come off of the boat and onto your plate!

Dewey Destin’s

Affectionately known as Dewey's, Dewey Destin's Bayside is a local favorite with fresh seafood and casual dock dining. Kids still in wet swimsuits? Go here!

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House

An open air, family-style seafood house located directly on HarborWalk’s boardwalk. The whole family will enjoy watching the charter boats return back to the dock.
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