The gulf waters off the coast of Clearwater / St. Petersburg provide a crystal, blue-green background for some amazing local sea life. Egmont and Shell Keys are two destinations you will want to include in your snorkeling adventures to the area. Both Key’s are uninhabited barrier islands with no on-land food or restroom availabilities. These beautiful areas are accessible only by boat so make sure you choose a charter service that fits your needs.
Adventures Cruises Departing from St. Pete Beach, the team at Adventures Cruises will provide you with a 4-hour catamaran excursion that includes dolphin watching, shelling on one of the gorgeous white sand beaches, and snorkeling at Egmont Key. You can enjoy a leisurely swim in the clear, green-blue waters or snorkel among the sea life. Egmont Key is also a National Wildlife Refuge with nature trails and marked items of interest for viewing. There is something for everyone on this tour.
Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center Located on St. Pete Beach, the team at Dolphin Landings will provide you with snorkeling options to both Egmont and Shell Key’s. The 34′ catamaran, The Island Hopper, will take you and your family to either Egmont Key or Shell Key and provide each guest with a complimentary shell bag, snorkeling gear, as well as, free soda and bottled water. You will have a chance to walk along the sandy white beaches, gather exotic shells, and view fascinating birds and wildlife.
Island Boat Adventures The team at Island Boat Adventures want to be your guides into the cool blue waters of the Gulf. Their 45′ catamaran, The Calypso Cat, will whisk you away to Egmont Key for an up-close view of the underwater ruins of Old Fort Dade. The waters teem with such creatures as sting ray, starfish, sand dollars, fighting conch, hermit crabs, manatee and numerous local fish. Provided on-board for you is a clean bathroom, freshwater shower, snorkel, mask, and fins along with plenty of music. Island Boat Adventures is located in St. Petersburg and just minutes away from Clearwater Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Tampa and much more.
Snorkel Clearwater Located in the Clearwater Bay Marina, the team at Snorkel Clearwater will help you board their “Dream Catcher” vessel. A short 13 miles from shore will take you to the 3 Rooker Bar and protected bird sanctuary. Snorkeling is available on the east and west sides of the island and each offers different views of the Gulf waters. This barrier island features many shells, sea creatures, seagrass, and soft sand. A mesh bag for shell collecting is provided.