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Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

1. Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

Climb aboard the Sunset One dolphin boat, sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are and where you are heading. Get ready to watch dolphins frolic in their natural playground.  Marvel as the dolphin swim closer to the boat so you can get a better view. Head out to the small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Soak in this beautiful little chain of islands and jump into the gorgeous reef, perfect for snorkeling.  See fish up close and maybe some turtles. Climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock with an ice cold draft beer. Watch the beautiful panoramic sunset over the crystal clear turquoise waters.

Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

2. Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

Feed, play and interact with real-life dolphins. This program is perfect for families with young children that don’t mind getting splashed but aren’t ready to be in the water with these friendly faces. The dolphins will be ready to greet you dockside. Prior to meeting the beloved mammals, you’ll get a brief educational session on the world of dolphins, conservation, and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each kind of dolphin behavior. Next, feed and play with dolphins from the dry training docks. Guests will also get the opportunity to have some fun playtime interaction, which can be semi-customized to better enhance each guest or group. You’ll even have your own talented photographers capturing your experience throughout the program.

Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

3. Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

Explore the turquoise waters of Key West and the Florida Keys on a sandbar cruise on a floating tiki bar boat for a fun and private day out on the water with friends and family. Bring your own food and drinks and party like a local. Escape the crowds and explore the gorgeous waters of the Florida Keys as you make your way to the pristine sandbars that lie offshore. There’s a good chance you'll spot rays, turtles, fish, and even dolphins. For an unforgettable day out, bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks (alcohol welcomed). Enjoy a floating mat, foam noodles, and a Bluetooth stereo for even more fun.

Key West: Full Day Tour of Key West National Wildlife Refuge

4. Key West: Full Day Tour of Key West National Wildlife Refuge

Get the most out of Key West and combine 3 adventures into one full-day adventure tour. Board a schooner sailboat and sail the ocean waves, enjoy a guided kayak tour of the mangrove islands, and snorkel in the backcountry reefs. Drink as you please onboard and partake in an all-you-can-eat buffet. Set sail from Key West's Historic Seaport and sail toward the uninhabited mangrove islands in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Keep an eye open for dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and many other species that call the refuge home. Once you reach the islands, allow the crew to help you get into a stable sea kayak and provide some tips on paddling. Feel the ease of gliding through the warm, shallow water, sheltered by the mangroves. As you kayak in the calm waters, learn about the mangroves and their important role as nurseries to the sea. Discover how they survive in saltwater and the various marine life that inhabits the mangrove ecosystem. Try to spot the local bird species, such as ospreys, frigates, blue herons, bald eagles, and even roseate spoonbills. Search the waters for tropical fish, stingrays, and sea turtles. If Kayaking isn't for you, opt for the guided snorkeling tour. Don't worry if you've never done it before, the guides are happy to provide instruction and assistance to get the best out of your experience. Swim through the shallow waters and witness the sponge gardens. Admire the colorful fish swimming over the sponges and surround yourself with marine wildlife. If you prefer to float on the surface, grab a noodle, bask in the sun, and watch the clouds drift by. Afterward, climb back aboard and clean up or relax on the deck. Choose from a wide selection of cold drinks such as beer, wine, homemade sangria, and chilled soda. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet feast, including fried chicken, shrimp, deli meats and cheese, and assortments of bread. At last, raise anchor and leave the islands behind. Enjoy an afternoon snack of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies or chips and dip, and feel the breeze as you sail back to the seaport.

Key West: Dolphin Combo Boat Tour

5. Key West: Dolphin Combo Boat Tour

After meeting at the pier, you will climb aboard "Sunset One", which will be your dolphin-viewing boat for the day. From there you will be able to sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are, as well as exactly where you will be heading that day. You can get prepared to watch the dolphins frolic in their playground, and can marvel as the dolphins swim closer to the boat, allowing you to get a better view. You will eventually head out to the back country, which are some small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.  This is a beautiful little island chain with a small beautiful reef perfect for snorkeling. Out there you will be able to see plenty of fish, as well as possibly some turtles and a shark. You will then climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock, complete with an ice-cold draft beer.

Key West: Private Florida Keys Sandbar Tiki Boat Cruise

6. Key West: Private Florida Keys Sandbar Tiki Boat Cruise

Explore one of Key West and the Florida Keys' backcountry sandbars in the comfort of your own private tiki boat charter. Let your captain manage the boat while you make the most of your day out in the sun, in the turquoise shallow waters, wining and dining on the food of your choice, as you bring exactly what you want to eat and drink on this charter. Soak up the rays all while staying cool in the clear waters and enjoy a day out with friends or family. Feel like a true local with your very own tiki boat, partying and enjoying a day out in one of the Keys' sandbars. Keep a lookout for rays, turtles, fish, and dolphins — all of which are known to be seen in the area. Feel the pristine sand beneath your toes as you relax in the shallow sandbar waters and sip on whichever drink you prefer, as you have the chance to bring your very own choice of drinks and food.

Islamorada: Private Charter in The Florida Keys

7. Islamorada: Private Charter in The Florida Keys

Enjoy Islamorada with a self-guided eco-adventure on a private sightseeing charter. Explore the waters of Florida Bay, and make a stop at the Islamorada sandbar. Stay on board for a dry tour, stop off at the Mangrove islands to snorkel, or just float in the shallow waters with an innertube. Discover the Florida Keys in the best way, from the water. With your private charter, allow your captain to customize your trip, making it perfect for anyone. If you're feeling adventurous, embark on an eco-adventure to the Mangrove islands and try out the snorkeling equipment. Plunge into an underwater expedition and experience another world. Spot schools of fish, ocean coral reefs, Moray Eels, and even some turtles. Stop at different locations, including the Founder's Park rock wall, and the Islamorada sandbar. For those who just want to relax, use the boat as a resting point while floating in the shallow waters. Take a dry tour and try to spot dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, sea birds, crabs, small sharks, and so much more.

Miami: Airboat Tour, Speedboat Tour, and Snorkel Combo Tour

8. Miami: Airboat Tour, Speedboat Tour, and Snorkel Combo Tour

Explore South Florida at your own pace with a combination attraction ticket. Perfect for those traveling with a car, enjoy an airboat tour at the Everglades National Park, a high-speed boat tour in Miami, and snorkel with the fishies in Key West. At the Everglades National Park, board an Airboat and keep your eyes open for alligator sightings and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Learn about the unique ecosystem from the guide, and then see the 'gators up close during the wildlife presentation. Capture the Miami Skyline, by jumping on a high-speed boat for 45 minutes. Marvel at Miami from the water, and learn all about this famous American city. At last, explore Flordia's marine life with a snorkel boat tour in Key West. With all the basic equipment included, put your mask on and discover the world below the water's surface. Admire the turquoise Floridian waters and soak in the sun on the deck.

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What people are saying about Florida Keys

Everything was as per advertising photo. The boat, the sea, the dolphines, weather It was excellent! The captain and Gabby couldn't do more for us. Very helpful, patient with kids and shared lots of information. Seen plenty of dolphins and the snorkeling was great! I was hoping to see more colours but still seen lots of fishes and corals, and animals I don't know the name. I was looking forward to this trip so much and my family really enjoyed it.

Allie and Anna were very knowledgeable. They gave us many interesting facts about the dolphins while we watched them. The tour was also environmental conscientious and told us to not touch anything while snorkeling, especially the coral. There were only 10 of us signed up (9am trip) so it made for an intimate setting versus being crowded. My group greatly enjoyed it! Highly recommend.

We enjoyed the entire experience! We were able to see several dolphins and a couple of youngsters. Staff was super friendly and informative regarding the dolphins. First time snorkeling, the instruction was thorough and I was able to stick out the learning curve and see stingrays, several schools of fish around coral and some various forms of coral. Beautiful day!

It was our first time but really that was amazing and my wife realize one of her dreams...it was to see and touch a sea mammal...just beautiful.

We had the best crew! Very nice and informative. We loved our time on the boat!