Snorkeling on Anna Maria Island

Ever been snorkeling? If not, you might want to consider trying it during your stay on Anna Maria Island. While snorkeling might seem a bit intimidating at first, it literally opens your eyes to a whole new world of wonder under the waves.

When done under the supervision of one of Anna Maria Island’s trusted snorkeling providers, this experience can be both safe and thrilling.

Man underwater snorkeling in Anna Maria Island, FL

Snorkeling Companies on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island has no shortage of diving and snorkeling companies. These groups will escort you to the best snorkeling spots and, before you even set foot in the water, go over safety instructions with you.

So, with whom should you snorkel?

Sea Kat Divers

Sea Kat Divers is a locally owned, family-friendly dive shop run by experienced Padi Dive Instructor Jim. This full-service dive shop is the only one of its kind on AMI. With their Discover Scuba Programs, scuba certifications, tank fills, gear rentals, equipment services, and private chartered snorkeling and scuba diving trips, this is clearly a top local provider. They even offer boat tours to New Pass and Egmont Key.

Egmont Key Adventures

You can take a several-hour tour, a snorkeling trip, a sunset venture, or an all-day excursion with Egmont Key Adventures. Find them on Holmes Beach to spend the entire day taking in the stunning waters.

The trips are known for being laid-back, and the boat captains are extremely knowledgeable and personable. You will get a ton of cool information on the area. Whether you’re sandbar hopping, fly fishing, or snorkeling off the coast, you’re bound to have a fun time.

Sunset over Anna Maria Island, FL

Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours

Want to go snorkeling with the dolphin? Well, you can! Just book a snorkeling trip with Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours, headquartered in Holmes Beach. It is fun for the entire family. You can all spot your favorite frolicking dolphin.

You can also opt for a shelling trip if you are interested in gathering up some stunning seashells to take home as souvenirs.

Whether you’re just taking the kids or a large group of people ranging in age, everyone seems to enjoy these excursions.

Snorkeling Safety

Snorkeling is pretty safe when done the right way. AMI has a number of companies that will accompany you on your snorkeling expedition. They will likely warn you away from the northern tip of AMI, which is known for its dangerous rip tides.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to stay inside of the assigned snorkeling area. Also, if you’re unfamiliar with a particular spot, don’t go off alone; use the buddy system.

Where to Snorkel off the Coast of Anna Maria Island

Snorkeling around Anna Maria Island makes for a fun, low-key adventure. A lot of people enjoy snorkeling near the piers located between Coquina and Bradenton beaches. To the north of Gulf Drive Café, you will find some darker and rockier spots to take in. The best way to get there is to take the trolley and avoid having to fight for parking.

Just off the shore, you might happen to see crabs, stingrays, and schools of multi-colored fish. If you’re lucky, you might even get to swim with a manatee! The waters are crystal clear, which makes for excellent underwater visibility.

The best time to go is during the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead. This gives you the best visibility. This is especially helpful if you decide to snorkel around the Regina shipwreck off the coast where Gulf Drive Café sits.

Other great snorkeling spots include the 4300 and 5800 blocks of Holmes Beach and the 2300 block of Bradenton Beach.

Snorkeling along the coast of Anna Maria Island is nothing short of the perfect ‘fun in the sun’. All of the multi-colored fish, the crystal-blue waters, and the thrill of seeing a dolphin or manatee can make your stay on AMI that much more memorable.