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Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

1. Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

The only thing better than snorkeling in Key West is doing it twice! Climb aboard the fast Fury catamaran and head out to Key West’s underwater marvels. During this 3-hour trip you’ll have the opportunity to explore the reef at 2 different locations. The Reef Express is a 57-foot power catamaran built for speed and comfort. It’s the quickest way to get to the reef, so you spend less time traveling and more time snorkeling. Once you reach the reef, you’ll be provided top-of-the-line snorkeling gear including a snorkel, mask, fins and a snorkeling vest. You’ll also get some professional tips and guidance on how to snorkel to better enjoy your experience. After meeting some of the most popular residents – the colorful marine species that inhabit the reef – you'll be transported to another ideal location on the reef for more snorkeling. Double Dip provides approximately 1.5-hours of Key West snorkeling during a 3-hour adventure. If you select the Double Dip Sunset Combo trip, after experiencing the finest Key West snorkeling, the Reef Express will head out to sea to find the perfect place to watch a dramatic sunset. Raise your glass of complimentary Champagne as you toast another fun-filled day in the paradise that is Key West.

Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

2. Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

Hop onboard your catamaran for the morning then set sail onto Key West’s glistening turquoise waters towards the third longest reef in the world. During the cruise, soak up epic views of the coastline and snack on a delicious, light breakfast accompanied by mimosas. Upon arrival at the snorkel site, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and listen to a safety briefing. Afterwards, make a splash as you jump into the refreshing, crystal clear water. Follow your instructor as you navigate this impressive coral reef and snorkel in search of colorful marine life. During the experience, enjoy the opportunity to see some of Key West’s 110 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. At the end of an epic adventure, relax on deck, grab a beer, and soak up the last of the coastal views as you sail back to port.

Key West: Old Town Trolley 12-Stop Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

3. Key West: Old Town Trolley 12-Stop Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Enjoy the sun, charming setting, and clear waters of Key West on this Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. This tour covers the entire city. You can avoid the trouble of driving and parking in a new place. The trolley tour is also designed so that you can hop-on and off and explore on your own, on any of the 12 stops. Your ticket is valid for all day, so you can tour at your own speed. There are frequent pick-ups at all of the 12 stops so you’ll never have far to walk. And our Old Town Trolley conductors will be there to guide you through this tropical paradise on one of the distinctive orange and green trolleys. Don’t miss this great day out!

Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

4. 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

5. 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: Private Parasailing Trip by Speedboat

6. Key West: Private Parasailing Trip by Speedboat

Experience the excitement of parasailing on this private speedboat trip in Key West, an awesome place to parasail thanks to its gentle, warm winds and clear Caribbean waters. Enjoy a 10-minute flight high in the sky, where you can see the entire island and gain a new perspective on island living. After meeting your crew for the day, hop on a parasail boat and enjoy the soak in the sea air as you head to a safe, secure offshore location with spectacular views of Key West. Before hitting the skies, the crew will give you all the instructions you need to feel comfortable. If you are new to parasailing, don’t worry – it’s easy and no experience is necessary. You’ll ride on state-of-the-art boats that feature extended platforms which allow gentle, dry takeoffs and landings. Before you know it, you’ll be soaring above the water. Be amazed at the quiet stillness while you float 300 feet in the sky. On a clear day, you can see for 12 miles. During your flight, scan the crystal blue waters for the abundant sea life below including dolphins, turtles, fish, and rays. After your parasailing experience, enjoy another scenic cruise through Key West as you have back to land. 

Key West: SNUBA Experience

7. Key West: SNUBA Experience

SNUBA is safe family fun and simple to learn. No prior diving or snorkeling experience is required. All necessary equipment is provided and fitted for each guest by a team of professionals. The guests' experience is the number 1 priority, so comfort and safety in the water come first.  After a brief 15-20 orientation during the ride out to the dive site, you'll be ready for an underwater tour through the beautiful local marine ecosystems. SNUBA was created in Hawaii nearly 30 years ago to allow anyone without a scuba certification to fully enjoy the natural wonders that lie beneath the sea. SNUBA arrived in Key West in 1999 and has been continually serving locals as well as visitors on their quests into the underwater world.

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

8. Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

Since the first Spanish galleons began to traverse the Florida Straits in the 16th century, ships have wrecked along the treacherous reefs of Key West and the Florida Keys. Now, you can learn all about the area’s maritime past with a trip to the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Wrecking and salvaging – the recovery of wrecked ships and their cargo – was the foundation of Key West’s economy during the 1800s. The economic boom it created meant that by the mid-1850s, Key West had become the richest city per capita in all of the United States of America. Learn the history of the region’s shipwrecking past at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, with two floors of genuine recovered artifacts. See pieces of wrecked Spanish fleets dating back to the 1600s and 1700s, as well as pieces from the Isaac Allerton, wrecked way back in 1856. Guests can even lift a silver bar, which was salvaged from the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas. The museum itself is a recreation of the 19th century wrecker tycoon Asa Tift’s warehouse, and includes a 65-foot look-out tower. At the Historeum, you can also expect storytellers in period costumes and an array of audio visual displays that brings the history of Key West to life.

Florida Keys: Key West Kayak Eco Tour with Nature Guide

9. Florida Keys: Key West Kayak Eco Tour with Nature Guide

Discover the wonders of Key West’s mangrove ecosystem on this kayaking adventure led by a nature guide. Marvel at the beauty of the Floriday Keys’ unique ecosystem while exploring its waterways. Enjoy included kayaking equipment for your trip.  Once out on the water, follow your guide through sheltered winding mangrove trails and watch as they point out native marine life, plants, and birds of the Florida Keys. Each tour is different and offers a unique experience to explore nature’s touch tank. Your guide will be on the lookout for unusual sea creatures to pass around and let you touch.  Spot dolphins, turtles, rays, bright fish, and more in the water. Look up and see iguanas sunning in the trees and birds soaring overhead.  As you explore, learn about the tropical ecosystem and how the mangrove islands and seagrass beds serve as a marine nursery for Key West’s wildlife underwater and on land. Whether you are new to kayaking or an experienced paddler, get the most out of your trip with kayaking tips from your guide. All experience levels can enjoy this interactive trip.

Islamorada: Private Charter in The Florida Keys

10. 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.

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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.

The weather was great and was able to see a reef shark and lots of tropical fish. The crew were very informative and helpful.

The guides were very nice and very knowledgeable- learned so much. Also love how you can get off and on so easily!