|Let the Yankee Freedom III ferry you to the Dry Tortugas, Florida’s Yellowstone. This 100 square mile underwater national park is the last region of healthy shallow and deep reef habitats in the Florida Keys and one of the most fertile marine nurseries in the hemisphere. The Dry Tortugas National Park, just 70 miles from Key West, is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by sparkling blue and green waters, Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas boasts a pristine subtropical marine ecosystem which includes an intact coral reef community. Populations of fish and wildlife, including loggerhead and green sea turtles make these islands a real piece of treasure. The park maintains one of the most isolated and least disturbed habitats for endangered and threatened sea turtles in the United States. And it supports the only significant North American sooty and noddy tern nesting colonies on Bush and Long Key and harbors the only frigate bird nesting colonies in the U.S. on Long Key.
National Park Service and The U.S. Department of Interior.
Another world awaits those who wish to get wet! Within the waters of the Dry Tortugas National Park, visitors will find hundreds of different fish, coral, rays, and eels. These waters are considered to be some of the healthiest underwater preserves in the United States! As part of your fare to the Dry Tortugas aboard the Yankee Freedom III, you are free to borrow snorkeling gear for the day.