Your Guide to South Padre Island & More...
Est. 2012
...and more!


Snorkeling is a great seasonal activity that you can do with the whole family while vacationing on South Padre Island.  There are several spots one can visit for snorkeling in and around the Island.  The bay side is more commonly visited since the water clarity is usually better than it would be on the surf side.  However, you will find those epic days where the surf side has 20 - 30 ft. + visibility, and the surf side can be spectacular!  This happens a handful of days a year if that, but they do exist, and the experience will be unforgettable! 

Typical day will have about 1 - 4 ft. visibility.  Decent day will have 5 - 9 ft. visibility.  A good day will have about 10 - 15 ft. visibility.   An epic day will consist of 16 ft. +

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Snorkeling Trip Operators

American Diving
33256 State Park Road 100 Suite 104
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
956 - 761 - 2030 Dive Office
956 - 761 - 4243 Dolphin Watch Office

Seasonally, we have snorkeling trips up to 2 times a day aboard the MV Diver I.  We have the Island’s only certified Snorkeling guides, Dive Masters, Snorkeling Instructors, and Dive Instructors.


This has been my go to place for purchasing diving equipment etc.  The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.  I highly recommend visiting this location if you have any questions and/or concerns regarding snorkeling and/or scuba diving.
Breakaway Cruises - Your One Stop Shop For Fun!
1 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
956 - 761 - 2212

Breakaway Cruises offers parasailing, waverunner tours, dolphin watch cruises, eco-tours, sunset cruises, snorkeling, land and sea tours, bay fishing, and deep sea fishing!  They are located at the Sea Ranch Marina right across from the Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Southern Wave (next to Laguna Bobs)
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
956 - 772 - 7245

Join us on the Island's only charter catamaran for a snorkeling adventure.  Located at the Southern Wave Dock (next to Louie's Backyard).
Parrot Eyes Watersports
5801 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
956 - 761 - 9457

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Local businesses located on South Padre Island or Port Isabel, Texas.

Snorkeling along the Isla Blanca jetties can be quite amazing when the blue (clear) water moves in!  Keep an eye for the weather or contact the local dive shops for more details!

The good days can only be described as jumping into an aquarium surrounded by schools of tarpon, kings, snook, sheepshead, and many other different types of species.

Photo:  American Diving

The American Diving - MV Diver I is a 60 ft, US Coast Guard inspected Diving/Snorkeling vessel, complete with air-conditioning, indoor/outdoor seating, fresh water shower and on board restroom. Our snorkeling excursions go to the Laguna Madre Estuary or the South Padre Island jetties (as weather permits).

Photo:  Southern Wave

Join us on The Southern Wave for a 3 hours of snorkeling and fun in the sun. You’ll be spending your trip sailing to the north end of South Padre where we’ll anchor and have a great time sunning, snorkeling and exploring.

  Photo:  Mark Lehmann
Location:  Isla Blanca Jetties

Photo:  Mark Lehmann
Location:  Isla Blanca Jetties