As director of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, I'm pleased to welcome you to "Get Into Your Sanctuary - Memories Happen Here," a publication that shares the ways recreation can be enjoyed in your national marine sanctuaries.
Planning an adventure or dreaming of your next vacation? Look no further than your national marine sanctuaries! These jewels of the ocean and Great Lakes hold possibilities for everyone.
National marine sanctuaries are some of the best places in the world to see wildlife. From birdwatching to whale watching, these special places have something for everyone. But what are the best ways to watch wildlife without disturbing the animals or putting yourself in harm’s way?
Some of the best diving in the world can be found in your national marine sanctuaries.
From beginner waves to expert tubes, national marine sanctuaries provide opportunities for surfers of all skill levels.
Recreational fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the United States—and 98 percent of national marine sanctuary waters are open to recreational anglers.
Canoeing and kayaking provide participants with a unique, interactive avenue to experience all that national marine sanctuaries have to offer.
In your national marine sanctuaries, you can see whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, birds, sea otters, manta rays, and more. Before you go, take a moment to educate yourself on the responsible way to watch wildlife.
Sometimes a snorkel and fins are all you need to experience the beauty of our national marine sanctuaries.
Paddleboarding can transport you to the past while you investigate shipwrecks just beneath the surface, or can be the perfect way to watch wildlife from a distance.
Dip your toes in! The waters and coastline of national marine sanctuaries are waiting for you.
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.
Planning an adventure or dreaming of your next vacation? Look no further than your national marine sanctuaries!
National marine sanctuaries work with tour operators to promote responsible and sustainable diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boating practices to reduce the impact of these activities on ecosystems.