Snorkelling, Snorkelling Destinations, USA

Snorkeling At Caladesi Island – What You Need To Know

First of all, snorkeling – also known as snorkelling with an extra ‘”l” from the British commonwealth way of spelling it – is a common way of swimming on, or through water, while the person is fully equipped with a diving mask, and a tube called a snorkel. 


Many snorkel in cool or warm waters, and when it’s colder, a wetsuit may also be worn when snorkeling.  The usage of such equipment allows one to observe and explore underwater attractions for long periods of time, with little effort to breathe, with your face just below the surface.  

Snorkeling in the USA and all over the world is a very popular recreational activity done for sport and just for fun, mainly at tropical resort locations.  The overall benefit of snorkeling is to observe the natural underwater life in a calm natural setting, without the hassle of complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. Snorkeling is wonderful for all ages due to the fact of how little effort is needed to view underwater life.


When it comes to snorkeling, the snorkel can be a totally separate item, or can be purchased as one unit with a full face snorkeling mask.  A full face snorkel mask is great for surface snorkeling, while a separate snorkel is awesome for free-diving, and even surface breathing, with the help of scuba equipment.

Snorkeling At Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island is a state park located in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico right across from St. Joseph Sound on the west side of Dunedin Florida, which is north of Clearwater Beach.


Caladesi Island can be accessed by ferry which of course isn’t free, or even by private boat, or from the dock on Honeymoon Island, which is mainly used by tourists of the Dunedin area.  Need an alternate route? The park can be reached by walking via the Clearwater Beach from the south side.  Clearwater isn’t its own island, but does share its geography with Clearwater Beach.

Here is a video showing snorkeling at Honeymoon Island.

On the island you’ll find: picnic pavilions, a three-mile-long natural trail, a marina, bath houses, a concession stand, and of course a beach.  Did you know… that in 2005 Caladesi Island beach was listed as having the 4th best beach in all of America?

In 2006 and 2007 Caladesi Island beach won second best beach in America, but that’s not all.  In 2008, Dr. Beach voted this island as the best beach in America.  Now why wouldn’t you want to check it out?  Did you know that Caladesi Island didn’t exist until 1921, when a hurricane created a pass splitting one island literally into two parts?  Even though it was created in 1921, the island wasn’t accessible until hurricane Elena came along creating a walkway from Clearwater Beach in 1985.


Top health benefits of snorkeling on Caladesi Island

Want to improve your breathing?  Snorkeling, believe it or not, actually increases your maximal oxygen uptake, which of course, is a great indicator for underwater aerobic fitness.  When snorkeling, you’ll notice that breathing through a tube isn’t as easy as free breathing.  Breathing through a tube actually has resistance, which takes greater force to release and receive air.  Nothing better than a breathing exercise underwater, regulating your breaths through your mouth evenly.  Who said snorkeling doesn’t burn the calories?  Snorkeling is a great pastime that can definitely help tone and trim you down.  Exploring underwater can burn 300 calories an hour, while you tone up your hamstrings, quad muscles, calves, hips, ankles, and even your shoulders.  I bet you didn’t know that!

Want to prevent arthritis, or even help with your joint mobility?  Just like any underwater exercise, snorkeling actually has the added benefit of providing those with joint pain, arthritis, obesity problems and stiffness, healthy exercise.  Exercising underwater actually helps prevent the force/impact that is usually associated with regular cardiovascular exercise like walking or jogging on the sidewalk.

The Beauty Of Snorkeling Here

3 miles of flat, wide beach with shallow waters is what makes Caladesi State Park another location to go snorkeling with your family.  A life guard is normally on duty from Memorial Day all the way to Labor Day.

Without watching the time, you can easily spend a whole day here if you’re not careful.  Love to beachcomb?  This beach is beyond perfect for that, as it’s not as crowded as regular beaches here in Florida, and you may get the opportunity to spot natural shells and debris of all kinds on your stay at the beach.  The beauty of this beach is wonderful!  You may even spot a few dolphins if you’re lucky.  The shallow waters are great for snorkeling with the kids.  The waters are calm, and oh, so clear!  You can spot lovely fish and coral here and there, with a view of up to 75-100 feet. The water isn’t too cold or too warm…. it’s just right, making your snorkeling experience top notch!

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