Does anyone in Fort Lauderdale like to snorkel?

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    Sep 21, 2014 2:32 PM GMT
    Hi guys!

    I'm traveling to Ft. Lauderdale this year for my annual beach/b'day vacation and I'm looking for a snorkeling buddy.

    I love to snorkel and have done a few tours, but this year I'd like to spend more time on the reef and less time sailing around. So I went and bought my own equipment. However, I don't think that it is safe going out solo so I'm looking to find a partner to go snorkeling.

    I'll be in Ft. Laud. from 10/12 to 10/24. And since I'm on vacay my time is pretty flexible though I do have some(tentative) plans. If you have a boat even better- I'm more than willing to share expenses, gas, etc. Beyond that, who knowsicon_wink.gif

    You can respond to me here in the forum, or send me a mail message. Hope to hear from you!

    Peace.

    Mike
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    Sep 26, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    Wow, nobody?
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    Sep 26, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    I don't snorkel, but I would have gladly met you for other socializing. My sister is a certified scuba diver, also lives here, that's another thing.

    But we're already scheduled for 10 days in Key West for about half your time here, and then our calendar is totally full back in Fort Lauderdale. It's getting close to Election Day.

    I'll at least give your thread a bump, maybe someone else will see it who can contact you.
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    Sep 27, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    Lauderdale isn't really known for snorkeling. The bottom is mostly sandy offshore. You'd do just as well with a pair of clean swim goggles. If its still alive, there's a reef you can swim to but depending on visibility that day I doubt you'll see much from the surface. You can surface dive down to it depending on your skills and capacity. Further out are artificial reefs you can swim to but you'd need tanks to view them.

    I can't think of much down in Miami either. I used to play at the entrance to Port Everglades in Lauderdale when I was a kid, no reef that I recall but a lot of fish come in with the tide. I seem to recall quite a bit of cuda on the north side and wound up in a pretty big school of them one time. And just offshore, right around the gay beach I swam with a gorgeous manta one time until he took me out into deep water so I turned around.

    Up in Boca you've got Red Reef around Palmetto but that's mostly some rock, there might be some reef there, haven't been in a long time.

    Instead of Lauderdale or at least as a side trip, you ought to head down to the keys being that you're right there. Even Key Largo, just south of Miami gives you access to Pennekamp if I spelled that right and there you'll probably have either tours or plenty of tourists around so you're not swimming alone.

    Further down, Islamorada is a wonderful area, can't think offhand of where to swim but I'm sure you'll find something and Bahia Honda is very nice, you'll love that. I haven't been in a long time, don't recall specifically a reef, in fact, now that I think about it I seem to remember a lot of grasses down there, but I remember lots of pretty fish. And the beaches are gorgeous. And we used to jump the old bridge. I don't know if you can still do that. I think that's about 2/3rds of the way down towards Key West. You can camp there too. And out of season, not on Bahia, but near there, you'll probably find some good rates at highway motels if you want to save some money.

    But that's really where your best snorkeling is going to be. You'd have some decent diving off a boat in Lauderdale, even some off the beach but otherwise I'd head further south.

    For boating, I don't know if anyone still does it but there used to be a gay boating club, acdc maybe atlantic coast dingy club or something like that, I forget, but if they're still around, you might find someone looking for crew for the day and that can be fun.
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    Sep 27, 2014 7:56 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies! I know Lauderdale isn't as well know for snorkeling but that's where I'm going to be this year so I'll take advantage of what is there. I did the Keys last year, which was great, but I wanted to avoid Fantasy Fest this time around- once was enough.

    I didn't think about checking meetup- thanks SB!

    Peace.

    Mike
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    Oct 09, 2014 8:07 AM GMT
    *Bump!*
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    Oct 09, 2014 12:32 PM GMT
    I'd like to second the Islamorada snorkeling. There is an established buoyed area just off the beach that is quite nice. Easy day trip from Lauderdale. Next island south of Largo (the most northern island). It is where I learned to love snorkeling that led to scuba certification.
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    Oct 10, 2014 8:30 AM GMT
    I appreciate the response. However, I'm not renting a car(probably a bicycle though) so that makes trips to the Keys impractical.
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    Oct 10, 2014 9:39 AM GMT
    I haven't snorkeled in years, but would love the change of pace from my usual hobbies.

    Oh, and I have a GoPro. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 10, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    Looks like paulflexes just volunteered to fly you out to Bimini. Problem solved.
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    Oct 10, 2014 4:51 PM GMT
    But is there room for two in that little yellow plane?icon_biggrin.gif