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Northern Erojacks


In the 1960s, the authorities created a 250-yards-long artificial coral reef 600 yards off Fort Lauderdale, aiming to help combat the erosion of the beaches. The reef was made of concrete tripods, and not very aesthetic, but was quickly colonized by underwater fauna. The spot itself is not really worth a visit, but you might explore it during an excursion to the Twin Ledges reef.
How to get there?

Although it is not far from the coast (facing Bahia Mar), you need to take a boat to access the spot safely. A few diving centers in Fort Lauderdale organize snorkeling excursions to the spot at relatively reasonable prices ($30-40 for about 2 hours 30 minutes), and also including a stop at Twin Ledges. From Miami Beach, it takes about an hour by car (direction Fort Lauderdale Beach). By public transport, go to Aventura Mall (lines S, C or 120), then take the line 1 BCT, and finally line 40 at the fork towards the beach (ask the driver to let you off). It takes about two hours and costs between $1.75 and $2.25 per section.

Water entrance

You enter the water from the boat. Follow your tour guide’s instructions.

Aerial view


Exploration

The artificial reef (about 16 feet wide) extends for about 250 yards at right angles to the coast. On either side of the reef, you will come across sandy areas of little interest.

Swim above the tripods (↕10-20ft/3-5m). Although the reef has been colonized by a few sea fans and a little soft coral, it still looks a little artificial. But a wide variety of species have found a home there: many yellowtail snappers, jacks and, above all, French angelfish are to be seen swimming around the reef. Explore the crevices to look for lobsters, which are relatively common. It is also possible, although not common, to come across sea turtles near the reef.



Because of its relative depth, exploring the reef is not easy. Visibility varies and sea conditions can be bad, depending on the wind and waves. Follow your tour guide’s instructions, and if you are visiting on your own boat, check out the safety conditions before getting into the water.

Restaurants & accommodation

Excursions don’t generally include meals, but sometimes drinks. At the Fort Lauderdale marina (the starting point for the excursions) you can buy a snack and some water.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary level
  • Maximum depth
    15ft (4.5m)
  • Water entrance
    From a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. $35 pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Northern Erojacks

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Gray angelfish
Pomacanthus arcuatus
French angelfish
Pomacanthus paru
Atlantic blue tang
Acanthurus coeruleus
Bluehead wrasse
Thalassoma bifasciatum
Yellowhead wrasse
Halichoeres garnoti
French grunt
Haemulon flavolineatum
Stoplight parrotfish
Sparisoma viride
Spotfin butterflyfish
Chaetodon ocellatus
Spanish hogfish
Bodianus rufus
Orangespotted filefish
Cantherhines pullus
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