Upon arrival at Fort Jefferson, the friendly crew of the Yankee Freedom will provide you with a snorkel, fins and mask for exploring the nearby reefs. Located just in front of the boat pier lies historic Fort Jefferson and the island’s white sandy beaches. To your left are the picnic grounds and campgrounds, and just a short walk away are the island’s many designated snorkel areas. One of the most popular snorkel areas is located approximately 75 yards from the western edge of the moat wall and is a great place to start your snorkel adventure! This area contains beautiful large coral heads, tropical fish, sea grass and various marine life that call the Dry Tortugas home. Here you will also find the South Coaling Dock Ruins, which contain the metal pilings of old coaling docks for experienced snorkelers to explore. In the shallower waters and near the shore you can also find patches of healthy coral reefs, which are havens for marine life and snorkelers of all levels alike.