Boating Happens Here

Visitors to national marine sanctuaries interested in staying above the waterline can enjoy the scenic surroundings, wildlife viewing opportunities, and fishing spots accessible by boat. We welcome you to venture out to sea while being conscious and respectful of other boaters and marine life. Plan ahead and take advantage of navigational maps and marine forecasts to make for a pleasant and safe experience on the water!

Fishermen enjoys the water in Flower Garden Banks

Fishermen enjoy the water in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Emma Hickerson/NOAA

famly feels the breeze on a boat

A family feels the ocean breeze in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: David J. Ruck/NOAA

Boaters enjoy the coastline of the Channel Islands while sailing through Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA