Marine Sanctuary and Artificial Reef


There’s no better place to really immerse yourself in the local wildlife beauty than at this stunning sanctuary. Explore the gulf-side of an artificial reef system aboard a clear bottom kayak for just $15 per person, which is the suggested donation. Next up, head to the Turtle Center for a Turtle Trek including an educational session and facility tour.

The new Equipment Walkover, just completed last Thanksgiving, provides a romantic and intimate pathway to take in the beauty of the white sand beach. Visitors often fall in love with this region, and can join the “adopt a reef” program to claim a reef of their own while helping to support the conservation efforts of the facility.

Meet Paradise

Featuring three reefs at the Navarre Beach County Park, two are in the Sound and one is in the Gulf of Mexico. Another reef is in progress, showing just how important the 22-year-old project is to residents and visitors. Led by activist Brenda Stokes, the non-profit organization survived through hurricanes and funding shortages to become a favorite project of the local Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Today, the organization offers events year-round and activities to help educate, inform and protect. It’s also home to some of the best snorkeling in Navarre Beach, making it a definite stop for anyone who wants a glimpse of the “wonder” world.