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Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

1. Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

Enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise in Key West. Snorkel in the Key West Wildlife Refuge, see playful bottlenose dolphins, and enjoy a cold beer or wine as you cruise. Climb aboard a fast catamaran and head out into the Gulf. As you cruise, see the grace and beauty of the resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, and feed. Then, head to the Key West Wildlife Refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour has the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program created by conservation agencies, that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world-famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

Key West: Sunset Sailing Trip with Open Bar, Food and Music

2. Key West: Sunset Sailing Trip with Open Bar, Food and Music

Join a sailing experience to get you closer to the sunset than ever before. Set sail from the historic sea port of Key West and head straight out to sea for a cruise with unobstructed views of the sunset on the horizon. During the cruise, enjoy an unlimited open bar, with a wide variety of drinks on offer including rum runners, Champagne, margaritas, and draft beer. Taste a selection of finger foods, ranging from Swedish meatballs, veggie treats, cheese and crackers, pita and hummus, and meat and veggie platters. You will be sailing on one of Key West's newest sailing catamarans, the Sandie Cat. This vessel has capacity for up to 149 passengers across 3 decks, so there will always be plenty of room onboard. Grab a drink, head to the upper deck, and dance to live music as you watch the sun go down. The captain and crew will even let you help raise the sails and you can ask to have a picture taken driving the boat.

Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

3. Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

Get ready for fun in the sun on a day trip from Miami to Key West. Choose to take a glass bottom boat cruise through a maze of mangrove-canopied canals and streams, parasail on the coast, ride a conch train, or jump into the water for a snorkeling session above a coral reef with diverse marine life. Start your day on an air-conditioned bus from Miami Beach to Key West with a 4-hour drive. Watch as your tour guide points out the famous 31 Caribbean Islands along the drive known as the Florida Keys. Cross 43 bridges as you travel through the Keys to Key West. See the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while driving by the coastline. Key West is the most southern point of the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. Once you arrive in Key West, get 6 hours to explore the island at a leisurely pace, stroll the artistic streets, or relax at outdoor cafes and restaurants. Upgrade your day trip by choosing an option that includes one of the following inclusions: - Hop-on Hop-off Conch Train All-Day Ticket. This 70-minute narrated tour around Key West is one of Florida’s Top attractions, covers over 100 points of interest, and includes 4 Hop-on Hop-off stops around town. - A 3-hour snorkeling adventure at North America’s only living coral reef. Travel on a state-of-the-art Catamaran, receive professional instruction, use top-of-the-line snorkel gear, and enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas beer, wine, champagne, margaritas, well-mixed drinks)  - A 2-hour cruise on a glass-bottom boat where you can witness the wonders of North America’s only living coral reef, maybe spotting sea turtles and rays. Fun for all the family, you also get great views of Key West from the sea. - A 12-15 minute parasail off the coast of Key West on a 1-hour parasailing adventure. Enjoy the tropical vibe of the Keys as you are helped into your parasail harness, before being slowly raised in the air, until you are flying high above Key West. Make your way back from Key West to Miami Beach at 5:00 PM.

Key West: Sandbar Excursion & Kayak Tour with Lunch & Drinks

4. Key West: Sandbar Excursion & Kayak Tour with Lunch & Drinks

Explore Key West’s Florida Marine Sanctuary on a sandbar and kayak eco-adventure. Hop on a boat and cruise through the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean as you head toward the marine sanctuary. Be on the lookout for dolphins and sea turtles, participate in water activities, and savor lunch with unlimited drinks. Start with a guided kayak tour through the mangrove islands, exploring the local marine wildlife and mangroves. See as much local wildlife as possible with 500 marine species in the area. Next, venture further into the wildlife sanctuary to a secluded sandbar. Select your lunch with options such as fresh local Cuban sandwiches, fried chicken tenders, veggie wraps, fruit and veggie trays, cheese and cracker platters, and pita and hummus platters. Take advantage of unlimited draft beer, wine, and soft drinks that will be available after lunch. At the sandbar, you'll have the chance to either explore with a paddleboard or kayak, go snorkeling, or just sit back and relax while you grab a drink in the secluded oasis.

Key West: 3-Hour Coral Reef Snorkeling

5. Key West: 3-Hour Coral Reef Snorkeling

Spend your morning or afternoon snorkeling in warm tropical seas surrounded by colorful fish. Enjoy expert instruction and learn about the reef’s marine wildlife from the professional crew. Your captain will select the exact location based on water and wind conditions, to give you best snorkeling in Key West. Dive into the calm waters, and see how many species of fish and coral you can find. Afterwards, grab a complimentary drink and lay on the sun deck, or cool off in the shade as you sail back to Key West. Feel the breeze in your hair and watch for dolphins playing in the ship’s wake.

Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

6. 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: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

7. 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.

Key West: Eco Safari Tour with Snorkeling

8. Key West: Eco Safari Tour with Snorkeling

Your experience begins as you arrive to the Cow Key Marina on Stock Island. Start by meeting your guide, who teaches you how to operate your own little pistol boat. Your guide then takes off, leading you through the back country of Key West. As you travel you may see ospreys - the only bird of prey to survive entirely on fish. There's also the opportunity to spot manatees feeding on mangroves, sharks swimming beneath you, and pelicans diving for their meals. You soon arrive to Mud Key, a beautiful little sandbar set in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whilst there, wade in the soothing crystal waters, explore the island, or simply relax. Following your time exploring, begin your journey back to the marina through the winding mangrove maze.

Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

9. Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

Experience the laid-back vibe of Key West on an island adventure that can end with a stunning sunset, if option booked. Board a custom-built, spacious catamaran specially designed for this trip and with a unique construction that allows you to get in and out of the shallow waters smoothly and quickly. Get a complimentary snack or light breakfast, depending on your time of departure, and then head towards a remote natural sandbar through the narrow passages of the lake. Marvel at the lush mangroves surrounding you as you follow a route that only the locals know about. Wind your way through the tropical keys, looking for playful dolphins and curious sea turtles. Each trip is different, just like the locals. Once you reach your destination, get all the gear necessary for snorkeling (mask, fins, snorkel and a float if you wish), and then discover the underwater world in the calm, shallow and warm waters. Get up-close views of the colorful sea life that live amongst the beautiful coral heads. Next, indulge in a delicious buffet lunch as you head to a remote natural sandbar for a day of fun in the sun. Upon arrival, sip a cool drink and sink your toes in the warm water, or grab a kayak to experience Key West from a different perspective. The crew will guide you on the best way to kayak, and share their knowledge of the area. Choose the sunset option and you will head to the best spot to view a glorious Key West sunset at the end of the day. Toast nature’s dazzling display of colors with a glass of chilled champagne before heading back to the dock for the end of the tour services.

Key West: 3-Hour Afternoon Reef Snorkel with Drinks

10. Key West: 3-Hour Afternoon Reef Snorkel with Drinks

Climb aboard “the Sandy Cat”, Key West’s newest catamaran and settle in for a lovely sailing trip out to the reef. Once the Cat is moored, you can jump out or slide into the water and swim over to the reef.   The coral reefs of Key West lie about 7 meters offshore, and are the third largest barrier reef system of the world. There’s nowhere else in North America where you can view such an abundance of wildlife in just one location.   After about 1 hour of snorkeling and swimming, climb back on board for a lazy, relaxing sail back to the port with a nice cold draft beer in your hand. For those who want something a bit stronger, a complete cash bar will be available on board.

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4.0 / 5

based on 275 reviews

Very cool experience! The crew ensured a pleasant stay with unlimited food and drinks. The canoe trip could have been a little longer. This was divided into two groups given the number of canoes. Our round was a bit short because the previous group ran out as someone had fallen out of the canoe. But would be nice if you could canoe for an hour. Now it was only half an hour.

Pretty straightforward exprience - you get picked up in Miami, transported to Key West where you spend the afternoon. Our driver also connected us with a snorkeling organizers, so we went snorkeling in the nearby reef. All in all pretty nice afternoon with snorkeling in beautiful waters, good food and drinks, and a bit of Key West exploring.

+ Many dolphins close to boat + Very nice snorkeling area for beginners (clear water, shallow, no current) + complementary drinks

Wonderful tour out to the sea and see the stunning coral reef

Great guides, great experience. My kids loved it, so did I.