navarre beach reef

Reef Update: Round two for super reefs

Reef Update: Round two for super reefs

Navarre Beach’s super reefs are almost completely installed. The reef builder, Walter Marine of Orange Beach, Alabama, placed roughly 12 of the 40,000-pound, 15-foot-tall structures along the sandy bottom. A boat-mounted crane and GPS were used to position the “tetrahedrons” based on a pre-approved grid system. There are still hundreds of smaller structures waiting to be […]

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

Lei Lei is much like any other loggerhead sea turtle. She cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Navarre Beach, munching on shellfish. But there is something unusual about Lei Lei. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a clear bottom kayak tour. Cost is $20 per person, includes admission to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Limited spots available. For tour times and more information, go to www.eventbrite.com and search “clear bottom kayak tour”.

Update: Reef Deployment complete

Update: Reef Deployment complete

As of  6 p.m. Wednesday, deployment of the expansion of the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef was completed. Despite rough seas and shallow water earlier in the process, workers from reef-building company Walter Marine were able to place the final modules more than doubling the snorkel reef’s size.  Deployment began last week, but sand changes […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a 45 minute Clear Bottom Kayak Tour of the Gulf Side Reef. Cost is $20 per person, includes admission to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. For tour times and more information, go to www.eventbrite.com and search “clear bottom kayak tour”.

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a 45 minute Clear Bottom Kayak Tour of the Gulf Side Reef. Cost is $20 per person, includes admission to Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. For tour times and more information, go to www.eventbrite.com and search “clear bottom kayak tour”.

Kayaking fun

Kayaking fun

Christina and Logan Mason of Lumberton, Texas, paddle through the surf on a clear bottom kayak tour of Navarre Beach Reef hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Masons are vacationing for a week at Springhill Suites by Marriott and read about the tours online. Featured in the July 20 issue. […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a 45 minute Clear Bottom Kayak Tour of the Gulf Side Reef. From the Sea Oat Pavilion parking lot (the second parking lot on the gulf side), proceed down the kayak boardwalk located on the eastern most side to the beach, arrive 20 minutes prior to time slot. […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a 45 minute Clear Bottom Kayak Tour of the Gulf Side Reef. From the Sea Oat Pavilion parking lot (the second parking lot on the gulf side), proceed down the kayak boardwalk located on the eastern most side to the beach, arrive 20 minutes prior to time slot. […]

Reef camera out of commission

Reef camera out of commission

For those that enjoy checking in on the world below the surface on Navarre Beach via the Navarre Beach Science Station’s (NBMSS) underwater reef camera, the last few days may have been disappointing. The camera has been off line. In fact, it’s not even under the water. It’s been shipped off for repair. This self-cleaning […]

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Dozens of visitors paddled out to the Navarre Beach Gulf side artificial reef Saturday as part of Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours. Mike Sandler of the Marine Sanctuary said this year’s first tours were a huge success. “It was a big success. There were a lot of people out there and […]

ReefCam awaiting final pieces

ReefCam awaiting final pieces

Installation of an underwater live-streaming camera on Navarre Beach’s reefs has been stalled for at least another month. Previously set installation times were given for Nov. 1-4, but the need for additional equipment has stalled the project yet again. Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) Director Charlene Mauro said the holdup is due to a […]