Florida's Fragile Coastal Treasure: Snorkel the Coral Reefs

Learn about coastal ecosystems as you snorkel, kayak and beachcomb your way across the Florida Keys, enjoying expert-led discussions on the region’s coral reefs and natural history.
Rating (5)
Program No. 14677RJ
7 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Experience the aquatic treasures of John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo during this outdoor adventure. Snorkel and kayak as you explore the continental United States’ only living coral reef. An expert delves into the Keys’ natural history and culture. Park rangers focus on reef fish and environmental threats to coral reefs and sea grass beds.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Kayaking up to four miles. Climbing in and out of kayak. Hiking less than one mile two days. Snorkeling up to 1.5 hours. Beginners encouraged.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embark on a light hiking adventure in Everglades National Park to study the flra and fauna of the area.
  • Visit the Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park and walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see ancient coral.
  • Snorkel in living, shallow-water coral reefs.

General Notes

Van transfer provided between Miami and Key Largo at the start and end of program. All transfers by van.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life - Florida - Caribbean - Bahamas
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach
Good visual guide to fish and creatures likely to be seen on the reef
Eco-Touring the Florida Keys
by Mathew Landau and Larry Gates
Good source of information about the Keys' native plants and animals and the overall eco-system.
Insiders Guide Florida Keys & Key West
by Victoria Shearer and Janet Ware
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling for Dummies
by John Newman
Typical of the "for Dummies" with lots of well presented facts, tips and fundamental information on snorkeling and equipment. Perfect for novices and experts alike.
A Land Remembered
by Patrick Smith
Florida’s Fabulous Fish
by Gary Cochran

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