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Snorkeling – Explore on your own








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Looking for a family outing that’s great for all ages? Grab a snorkel!

Explore one of our artificial reefs (built to enhance and protect the marine environment) or take a walk down to the East Pass Jetty. Either way, get ready for a fun family outing where the crystal-clear water makes it easy to see redfish, crabs and maybe even a sea turtle!

If you’re snorkeling with younger kids or beginner swimmers, the tide pools at Norriego Point and the East Pass Jetty offer shallow, calm waters. Search for hermit crabs along the rocks and watch the charter boats return back to the harbor in the afternoon.

For more experienced swimmers, two of our favorite artificial reefs are located at James Lee Park and John Beasley Park. Both reefs are located close to shore (west of the pavilion for John Beasley Park). The parks are free to enter and have a big beach pavilion with picnic tables and restrooms. We recommend bringing a flotation device (like a boogieboard) so you have something to hold on to if you need a quick break.

Local Scout Tip

You can access the East Pass Jetty from the O’Steen Public Beach Access on Holiday Isle. Look for signage at the entry of the beach access that includes a map.

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Where to Go

East Jetty

The tide pools at the East Pass Jetty offer shallow, calm waters that are perfect for snorkeling with younger kids or beginner swimmers.

Norriego Point

The Norriego Point Tidepools are protected from waves and perfect for swimming and snorkeling in the calm water. Keep an eye out for hermit crabs!

O’Steen Public Beach Access

Enjoy sugar-white sand and natural dunes with a front row seat to the Destin Pass. This is the access for the Snorkel Jetty, perfect for beginners.

Where to Stay

The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach

The Island Resort offers family activities like a poolside mermaid. Located directly on the Gulf on Okaloosa Island, they offer two large pools and kid activities.

TownePlace Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB

Townplace Suites Niceville offers extended stays with fully-equipped kitchens, complimentary breakfast and outdoor pool.

Jetty East

Offering up-to 4 bedroom condos and uniquely located at the jetty. Perfect for snorkeling and exploring the clear jetty waters.

Food + Drink

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk beach access has a great view of the Island Pier. There's a large parking lot, a kid's playground, public restrooms and several restaurants.

Parlor Doughnuts

Stop by before your morning paddle and grab some signature layered doughnuts and specialty coffee. They offer vegan, gluten-free and keto friendly options.

Local Market

Local Market is a local favorite with delicious breakfast and lunch items. Grab food to-go to enjoy at the beach or even on your pontoon.
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