Reef Name: Park East Reef (Snorkel Reef)
Reef Type: Disc Reef
Location: Park East Reef
Diving Level: Open Water Diver
Popularity: Very Popular
Diving Park East Reef (Snorkel Reef)
The Park East Reef also called Snorkel Reef was built in 2011 and draws a lot of snorkelers and divers. Before you walk across the sand dune, look to your left and you will see a map of the site and the 2 range markers. Once you are in the water and looking back at the shore you’re can line up the yellow triangle in front of the blue square. Once these are lined up the dive site is about 450′ from shore and the discs run about 500′ in pairs. If your depth gets to around 15′ you may of passed the reef, so you may want to recheck you alignment or start looking around to see if it’s on your side.
Getting to the Dive Site
It is located off of Parking Lot H which is 5.2 miles east of Casino Beach or 1.5 miles east of the Portofino Condominiums. Caution the sand gets very soft quickly (see photo), so don’t drive too far into the sand unless you want to experience one of Pensacola tow trucks as an added bonus.
Marine life seen around Park East Reef
When diving the reef you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Sting Ray
- Spade Fish
- Sea Turtles
- Bait Fish
- Gray Triggerfish
- Spanish Mackerel
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- Loggerhead Sea Turtle
- Cocoa Damselfish
- Sand Dollars
- Lettered Olive Shell
There are many other types of marine life that are around the reef, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.