A couple snorkeling in Sanibel Island waters.With water all around, it’s no surprise that Sanibel Island is home to some of the best aquatic adventures. Go past the coastline on a fishing excursion or wander the shoreline looking for shells. If you’re looking for an up-close look at what lies beneath the surface of Sanibel Island waters, go on a snorkeling expedition. Not only will you get a unique perspective of aquatic life, but you’ll form memories you can look back on when relaxing at your Sanibel Vacations rental home.

The Best Snorkeling Spots on Captiva and Sanibel Islands

The wrecks and artificial reefs that reside in Captiva and Sanibel Islands waters are the perfect spots for snorkeling. These reefs are home to colorful aquatic flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered.

Created from the rubble of a bridge, the Edison Reef is only about 42 feet below the surface and 15 nautical miles from the Sanibel Island Lighthouse. For a spot closer to shore, the Belton Johnson Reef is only about five nautical miles from Bowman’s Beach and marked with a yellow and white marker.

Other fantastic beaches to go snorkeling from are Captiva Beach, Cayo Costa State Park, and Lighthouse Beach Park. 

Let Snorkeling Tours Show You around Florida Waters

While you can go snorkeling on your own, sometimes the best way to explore is with a guide. Popular guides and tours include:

  • Sanibel Island Cruise Line provides all the necessary snorkeling equipment and anchors in some of the best snorkeling spots on the gulf and bay side of Cayo Costa State Park. 
  • Explore the underwater world in the Pine Island Sound when you book with Native Guides.
  • New Wave Eco Charters offers a six-hour charter that includes snorkeling shallow grass flats and sandbars.

Explore the Land and Sea on a Sanibel Escape

Relax after a snorkeling adventure in a comfortable bedroom like this one in a Sanibel Island rental.From snorkeling below the surface to riding around on rental bikes, your visit to Sanibel Island can be filled with adventures of all varieties. With so much to experience, you need a vacation rental that gives you a comfortable and relaxing place to call home. This is where Sanibel Vacations comes in. 

Our inventory of vacation rentals includes modern condos and spacious homes, each with all the comforts of home. Our knowledgeable staff can help you determine which rental and amenities fit your group’s needs best. To speak with someone today or to learn more about current offers, call 239-579-0348