Reef Name: Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary
Reef Type: Disc Reef
Location: Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary
Depth: 6′ – 15′
Diving Level: Open Water Diver
Popularity: Very Popular
Navarre Beach Maine Sanctuary
Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary is three dive sites, Gulf, Bay and east side. Near-shore reefs allow people of all skill levels to easily view marine life and ecosystems supported by the reefs. The Sound side reefs provide beginners a calm and protected area to learn and develop snorkeling and diving skills, while the Gulf side reef allows more advanced snorkelers and divers to view exotic marine wildlife by traveling only a few hundred feet off- shore. These reef sites offer an easy and inexpensive option to increase your diving abilities or check out a new piece of equipment.
Diving Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary
Gulf Side Reef
The Last pavilion on the Gulf side is the Sea Oat pavilion and holds the best dive site of the three in the sanctuary. This beach site is setup with showers and a nice boardwalk directly to the beach. When you are on the beach if you turn around and look at the shore you will notice two large white posts that mark the dive site. Traveling about 120 yards south you will be met by disc structures that hold a great dive and snorkeling adventure.
West Side Reef
One of the Sound side dive sites is called West Side Reef. It is the largest of the three sites about the size of a football field. Located at the Red Drum pavilion, the site is visible by the pilings marked “SNORKELING REEF” “NO MOTORIZED VESSELS”. The Visibility can vary widely but don’t expect over 10′ in the winter and 4′ in the summer. Navigation with a compass and buddy lines are highly recommended.
East Side Sound Reef
The smallest of the threes site is East Side Reef. Located at the Sandpiper pavilion it is another sound side dive site. It is a short swim that is about 150′ from shore and contains 28 disc structures in about 12′ of water. The site is marked by “SNORKELING REEF” “NO MOTORIZED VESSELS”.
Getting to the Dive Site
The Marine park is located just east of the Navarre Beach Causeway close to the end of Gulf Blvd near the Lifeguard 1 station (Gulf Side), see brochure for more information.
Marine life seen around the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary
When diving the sanctuary you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Moon Jellyfish
- Stone Crab
- Blue Crab
- Orange Filefish
- Sea Robin
- Cocoa Damselfish
- Gray Triggerfish
- Loggerhead Sea Turtle
- Striped Burrfish
There are many other types of marine life that are around the sanctuary, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.