Twin Ledges

Lying 400 yards off Fort Lauderdale beach, Twin Ledges reef gives a fine glimpse of Florida’s seabeds. Covered with sea fans and fish, the reef will delight all snorkelers, even though the relatively deep waters (10-20ft/3-6m) means it is not easy to reach the bottom.
How to get there?

Although it is near the coast, you need to take a boat to reach the spot in good safety conditions. Some Fort Lauderdale diving centers organize snorkeling excursions to the reef at quite reasonable prices ($30-$40 for about 2 hours 30 minutes), including one or two stops. From Miami Beach, it takes an hour by car (follow the signs to Fort Lauderdale beach). By public transport, first go to Aventura Mall (S, C or 120 lines), then take line 1 BCT, and finally line 40 at the junction of Beach Road (ask the driver to let you off there). It takes about 2 hours and costs $1.75 to $2.25 per section.

Water entrance

You enter the water from the boat. Follow the instructions of your excursion organizer.

Aerial view


As soon as you are in the water, you will soon be accosted by impressive shoals of porgies and bar jack, which are used to being fed and are particularly insistent (↕0-3ft/0-1m). Be careful, they are not averse to nibbling!

Move away from the boat a little to find a peaceful area.

The reef is long and narrow, running parallel with the coast for several hundred yards. On either side of the reef, you will see sandy areas that are of little interest. Concentrate on the rocky areas (↕10-20ft/3-6m).

Snorkeling Report Twin Ledges Reef Fort Lauderdale Florida
Coral reef at Twin Ledges

The underwater seascapes are unchanging but pleasant. Fine blue sea fans, as well as soft multi-colored coral sway in the current. Hard coral is less common, and is usually incrusted in the top of the rocks. A wide range of interesting fish can be seen. You will soon notice the snappers and grunts, with their dazzling yellow color, moving along the bottom of the sea. They quickly take refuge in the rocks if you get too close. Look for the antennae of lobsters in the rocky crevices, where many take refuge. Surgeonfish, sergeant major fish and pufferfish are easy to spot, and, with a little more perseverance, spectacular parrotfish and French angelfish.

Due to the relatively deep waters, taking photos is not easy. Visibility is variable and sea conditions can be poor depending on the wind or the waves. Follow the excursion organizer’s instructions, and if you make the trip in your own boat, check out the safety conditions before taking to the water.

Restaurants & accommodation

The excursions do not usually include meal, but sometimes drinks. At the Fort Lauderdale marina (the starting point for excursions) you can buy snacks and water for the trip.

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.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

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
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. $35 pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Twin Ledges

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Atlantic blue tang
Acanthurus coeruleus
Doctorfish tang
Acanthurus chirurgus
Anisotremus virginicus
Northern red snapper
Lutjanus campechanus
French grunt
Haemulon flavolineatum
Bluestriped grunt
Haemulon sciurus
Sailor's grunt
Haemulon parra
Bermuda chub
Kyphosus sectatrix
Bluehead wrasse
Thalassoma bifasciatum
Bar jack
Carangoides ruber
Sergeant major
Abudefduf saxatilis
Spanish hogfish
Bodianus rufus
Stoplight parrotfish
Sparisoma viride
Foureye butterflyfish
Chaetodon capistratus
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  • Christopher Bryson Larkby

    This place gets a lot of press so I decided to check it out. Took family to the snorkeling trail at Lauderdale by the Sea. Very choppy. Very deep. Visibility was poor. Went on a guided tour. Several guests had to turn back including my wife and my #2 son. Anything in Ft. Lauderdale is probably okay for locals who can time the conditions, but this is definitely not a snorkeling destination I would recommend for out of towners. Don’t go here just to snorkel. But if you are here anyway, and if the conditions are right, give it a try.

    • Gary Hardin-Peach

      Visibility varies like crazy depending on weather and things like fertilizer runoff.