While South Padre Island may not have many natural reefs, the waters surrounding the island are brimming with fascinating shipwrecks, channels, causeways, and estuaries to explore. We’ve put together a brief guide below to getting the most out of your snorkeling experience on our lovely island. Learn more about snorkeling in South Padre Island by reading on below!
Experience the Ethereal Underwater World of South Padre Island
Whether you bring your own snorkeling gear, rent your gear from one of the many local rental providers, or travel out into the water with a charter company, snorkeling is an immensely enjoyable seasonal activity in South Padre Island.
From veteran snorkelers to those who are setting foot in the water for the first time, all visitors interested in snorkeling can benefit from the wisdom and experience of a guide in the water. Companies like Breakaway Cruises, Southern Wave Sailing Charters, and American Diving have the right blend of experienced instructors and guides and reasonable prices to make them a desirable first choice.
Southern Wave Sailing Charters offers three-hour snorkeling trips with lunch and supplies included, in package deals for $168.00 for two people for an extra discount over there individual pricing. Their excursions travel north through the Thompson Channel and also includes a tour of the beautiful homes that are located along the channel.
American Diving offers snorkeling trips for $35.00 per person, including free fish food that you can feed to the fish while you’re in the water. The company’s snorkeling excursions embark to Laguna Madre Estuary, where the shallow water is three to six feet in depth, making it an ideal place for visitors of all ages and abilities to experience the wonderful South Padre Island snorkeling.
Finally, Breakaway Cruises offers snorkeling trips that take snorkelers to a remote area for close encounters with the marine inhabitants of South Padre Island’s waters. The cost for these trips includes all necessary equipment, as well as informational background on South Padre Island and its one-of-a-kind snorkeling environment from their professional crew.
More Adventures on the Waters of South Padre Island
In addition to snorkeling excursions, the charter companies based in South Padre Island offer more adventures that will get you out exploring the vast waters surrounding the island. From dolphin watching to dazzling fireworks shows, there are a myriad of adventures to be had on boat excursions around South Padre!
Fitting flexibly into your schedule, Breakaway Cruises offers several dolphin watching charter excursions that will get you up close and personal with these friendly creatures. They also offer morning and afternoon deep sea fishing excursions, getting you out into the open water to land a fresh catch of snook, snapper, trout, and other species that are found in the local waters.
American Diving is a full-service scuba diving center and booking classes and excursions with them takes the interest level of snorkeling to the next level. Scuba diving classes are offered for various levels of diving skill, starting with complete beginners and topping out at Master Divers. Learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely dive in open water in their Open Water Scuba Certification class, where you will begin in the comfort of a controlled water environment before moving to open water training dives. Beginning with some online work, you can be ready to hit your two pool sessions upon arrival in South Padre Island. After one or two open water boat dive trips, you’ll be certified to dive anywhere in the world! All of American Diving’s trips require certification, and once you’re certified, you can look forward to underwater adventures that range from diving on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to exploring the sunken site of the Texas Clipper, submerged in 136 feet of water off the coast of South Padre Island.
Southern Wave Sailing Charters offers a completely different experience with a romantic evening out aboard their dinner cruise. Catch a memorable South Padre Island sunset over the water as you wine and dine aboard their comfortable sailing Catamaran. With spacious quarters that include sunning trampolines and covered decks, you can enjoy a feast of grilled shrimp, fajitas, and fresh fruit, as well as the cocktail of your choice (BYOB). During summer months, a dazzling fireworks show adds to the itinerary.
South Padre Island is Texas’ ultimate beach destination with plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the sea, both above and below the water!
Let the Vacation Experts at Franke Rentals Help You Plan Your Stay!
For more information on snorkeling and other thrilling recreation you can partake in during your time on South Padre Island, contact our reservation specialists by phone or email and ask about reserving your lodgings in one of our exquisite vacation rental properties today!