The vast majority of the park is under water so you need to snorkel if you come. Not only do you get to experience a wonderful reef, you get out on the water to see much of the park. We went to a nice patch reef off Elliot Key in 8-12 feet of water. Unlike Pennecamp the day before, this is in open water. Still no problem with waves and current. As for the snorkel itself, beautiful,colorful coral is everywhere including brain, fan, staghorn and more. Of all the snorkels I have done in various parts of Florida, this was the best, healthiest coral I had seen. There were several fish but they were small and not as diverse as Pennecamp or Key West. However, the best part for me was no barracudas. The other good thing is the best coral is right around the mooring site. Due to the east wind the current really took you over the coral. This was a really impressive place to go. While not as many fish, I did see a beautiful queen angel fish which I had never seen before. I highly recommend this activity.
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