Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is one of the few places in the continental U.S. where you can experience SNUBA® diving. And, of course, the Florida Keys is one of the best places in the world to be underwater. We’re home to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S.—the Great Florida Reef, and our Florida Keys resort is just five miles away.
Technically, SNUBA® stands for Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus. To a vacationer, it stands for the thrill of SCUBA diving without the certification. SNUBA® divers are connected to a raft by a hose—a floating air supply—throughout the dive. The hose allows divers to swim as deep as 20 feet.
Head to our Florida Keys marina for the start of your SNUBA diving vacation. From there, board the boat for a short ride to the Great Florida Reef. SNUBA® instructors give a 20-minute orientation where participants learn how to breathe with a regulator, stay safe and communicate underwater using hand signals.Throughout the entire SNUBA® experience, your instructor will remain underwater with you, guiding you through the experience and pointing out all of the amazing sights you came here to see (imagine tropical fish, spiny lobsters and some of the most fascinating displays of coral in the world). And because our reef begins in relatively shallow water, there’s much to explore, even up close, within your 20-foot SNUBA® hose.
SNUBA diving participants must be at least 8 years old and confident swimmers. We provide participants with a snorkel mask, fins, regulator and vest for visibility. A few “bonus” items to keep in mind: Our SNUBA® diving participants come away surprised at how easy the activity is to get the hang of, how minimal the equipment is and how rich the experience is for one that requires no prior experience or coursework. Of course, SNUBA® is a natural introduction to SCUBA and we offer a wealth of instructional diving programs here at Hawks Cay. And should you find yourself in a group that includes SNUBA® and SCUBA enthusiasts, let us know—we’ll take you out on one dive boat equipped for both activities so everyone can participate at their own level.