Beyond the Beaches: Snorkeling & Diving Adventures along Alabama’s Gulf Coast
Part 1: Diving the Gulf Coast
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are known for breathtaking beaches. But underneath the surface of those rolling waves, an equally stunning aquatic landscape waits to be explored.
Sitting right on one of the largest artificial reef systems in the United States, our area offers endless possibilities for underwater exploration. Across the Gulf Coast, dive shops and instructors are making it possible for visitors of all skill levels to dive into the vibrant marine landscape of the Gulf. Whether you’re swimming with a school of tropical fish on a shallow beach dive or exploring an eerie shipwreck on the seafloor, you’ll love seeing the hidden depths that live right off our sandy shores.
If you’re a novice diver or have never dived our shores before, check out these easy (but amazing) dives that offer the perfect introduction to the world beneath the waves.
Start with a Snorkel
If you’re just getting into diving, snorkeling is a fun way to get your underwater feet wet. Armed with a snorkel mask and a pair of fins, you can explore the Gulf of Mexico’s vibrant reef systems and make friends with the local marine life with no experience needed!
There are a variety of local dive and snorkel shops where you can purchase your gear, but a guided snorkel tour is the best way to get the ultimate Gulf Coast experience. At Down Under Dive Shop, snorkel trips are led by a professional dive team that can show you how to snorkel safely and help you find the best spots to see some magical marine life. You’ll swim with hundreds of species of fish and other aquatic life that live and play among the jetties and artificial reef systems off the Orange Beach coast.
During the season, snorkel trips are offered four times per weekday as weather allows (no weekend snorkels). The cost to snorkel is $50 per person, gear included. For more information, contact the shop.