BEFORE YOU DEPART
The snorkeling cruise off Egmont Key is first come, first served, at $15 per person. You can reserve your spot on the boat, on your way out to the island. If snorkeling is something you really want to do we recommend taking the earliest ferry ride to the island so you will definitely have a chance to get reserved on the snorkeling trip before it fills up.
This trip is for agile people without physical challenges, and not recommended for anyone who may be at risk. Due to U.S. Coast Guard law, the way we have to configure our boats renders them 99% handicap inaccessible. The ferry was built to be ADA compliant and is wheelchair friendly, but not for electric wheelchairs, due to the size and weight of the motors. In addition, the Egmont ferry typically loads from the beach, making it impossible to traverse the sand in a wheelchair, unless the chair is equipped with large tires that roll on sand.
You cannot bring alcohol, glass, pets, kites, or drones to the island because it is a state park and protected wildlife preserve.
Pack like you are spending the day at the beach and bring sunscreen, towels, bathing suits, sun protective hats, shirts, and other beach/sun gear.
Pets are prohibited on Egmont Key due to it’s status as a protected wildlife preserve. The island is home to native seabirds and sea turtles, and a large swath of the island is blocked from even our human guests to visit. This section of undisturbed beach allows nesting birds and nesting turtles a quiet and safe place to nest, free of large predators.
Whether or not you have a reservation, we recommend you show up at least 45 minutes early for your intended departure time. An hour early is recommended if you don’t already have a reservation.
Due to connectivity issues on the island and inside Fort Desoto park, Cash is the preferred method of payment. Cards are accepted, we just ask you to arrive a bit earlier and be patient while we process credit card transactions.