Space has often been called the last frontier, but sci-fi fans have it wrong. The magical world under the sea has yet to be fully explored, and if you’re planning on visiting Fort Walton Beach in the near future, you can do some exploration of your own. Our quaint oceanside town is a popular and exciting vacation destination for snorkelers from all over the world, and now is the perfect time for you to join in the fun! Our guide to snorkeling and the best spots for snorkeling in Fort Walton Beach has been compiled to make it easy for snorkelers of all skill levels to have the time of their lives, and because it’s fairly easy, no lessons are needed!

Warm Weather All Year

Snorkeling conditions in Fort Walton Beach are excellent year-round, although because the water temperatures can dip kind of low in the winter months, you may want to rent or invest in a wetsuit for your winter vacation. The water tends to stay warmer inland in the panhandle, but average temps are about 60 degrees, and those can sink even lower during unseasonably cool weather above sea level. The clear waters of the Gulf offer excellent visibility, ensuring that you will be able to see the magic clearly during your snorkeling expeditions. The panhandle region of Florida is renowned for its premium snorkeling conditions, and if this is your first attempt at the sport, you have chosen your location well!

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Snorkeling Experience

While lessons aren’t needed, there are a few tips that will make your experience go smoothly. First and most importantly, always check the water conditions before heading out. Although our waters are mostly smooth and placid, on stormy days the seas will turn angry and choppy, creating dangerous conditions for snorkelers of all experience levels. Invest in quality equipment whether renting or buying. You want a mask that seals tightly to your face; poor quality ones will leak and obstruct your vision as the salt water stings your eyes. Snorkeling in Fort Walton Beach in pairs is recommended in case of emergency. Finally, the best tip of all: have fun! This is an experience you will never forget.

Best Spots and Tours for Snorketling in Fort Walton Beach

If you’re still a little unsure in your abilities to snorkel on your own, companies like Destin Excursions or Cattywampus Aquatic Adventures offer tours and instructions to ensure you get the most out of your first-time snorkeling experiences. The adventurous souls who prefer to explore new horizons alone will find that snorkeling off any of the beaches in Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, and of course our gloriously exotic neighbor, Destin, is a great idea! It’s perfect for viewing the colorful sea creatures who make their homes in the water, sea shells, and other natural wonders that can be photographed with underwater cameras you can purchase at many stores in the area.

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