August 12th, 2018 | Author:

Deployment of “nearshore” artificial reefs began August 13, 2018 and final deployment was completed February 4, 2019. The reefs have been installed in permitted artificial reef area SR-27, located approximately one mile off Navarre Beach in 60’ of water. The Reef site consists of 510 modules deployed to create 27 individual reef sites, or patch reefs. Reef types include 15’ tall large tetrahedrons (also known as “super reefs”), 8’ tall tetrahedron pyramids, and 6’ tall ledge and disk modules (also known as “grouper boxes”). Approximately 2000 tons of reefing material have been deployed to create this site. The reefs will provide enhanced long-term recreational fishing and diving opportunities. The entire project took place over eleven deployments.

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May 23rd, 2018 | Author:

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April 26th, 2018 | Author:

The Marine Sanctuary and artificial reef is located in the Navarre Beach Marine Park (county park) directly south of Sea Oat Pavilion.  Follow the Kayak/Scuba boardwalk that leads to the beach, the reef is located 100 yards off shore near lifeguard station #1 and you may visit it anytime water conditions are safe (please pay attention to the beach flags).  We recently expanded our gulf side reefs to triple the size so they are easier to find and now have much more marine life.  The park is free to the public and is open every day sunrise to sunset.

We do not offer snorkel tours.

If you do not have your own snorkel gear, retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Publix have inexpensive mask and snorkel combos you can purchase for about $20+ a set.  many people take paddle boards or inexpensive float boards and go out over the reef.  On a flat day you can see the reef and marine life from the surface.

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April 19th, 2018 | Author:

Access to Navarre Beach and the artificial reefs are even easier now with the addition of the Mobi-Mat that has been placed at the end of the Scuba/Kayak boardwalk. The mat is especially helpful for those who have mobility issues.

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October 19th, 2017 | Author:

The 10th Anniversary of the Run for the Reef was a huge success, the weather cooperated and the participation was better than expected. Please mark your calendars for our next Run for the Reef on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Don’t forget the Fun Run at the Sea Turtle Center for the little ones!  Registration will open early 2019.

Thank you to all who participated in our past Run for the Reef events!

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!

2018 Results are posted at Event Timing.


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September 05th, 2017 | Author:

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Hop into one of our clear bottom kayaks and experience the beauty of Navarre Beach’s snorkel reef! The reef is teeming with a variety of fish and marine life of all kinds…you may even spot a sea turtle or two!

Registration open now on our Facebook page.

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December 03rd, 2016 | Author:

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November 24th, 2016 | Author:

The SCUBA/Kayak and equipment walkover in Navarre Beach Park at the Marine Sanctuary Reefs is under construction and making great progress.

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October 06th, 2016 | Author:

Video shot by Ralph Agnew and Jeff Meyer during the clear-bottomed kayak tours on September 24, 2016.

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July 25th, 2016 | Author:

Video shot by Mike Sandler on Sunday, July 24, 2016

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