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Key West Ecotourism

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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 Island Adventure Eco Tour

2. 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 Snorkeling Adventure

3. Key West: 3-Hour Snorkeling Adventure

Spend an enjoyable 3 hours in the sunshine and crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys and snorkeling along Key West’s coral reef. You’ll experience the ultimate in snorkeling and sailing comfort on a state-of-the-art catamaran, featuring: • A stairway to the sea • Large sundeck • Shaded lounge area • Fresh water rinse • Restrooms • Top-of-the-line sanitized snorkeling gear • Professional instruction by Fury’s friendly crew Before snorkeling, the crew will be on-hand to assist and instruct you. Once you descend the stairway to the sea, you’ll discover the wonders of the underwater world. Marvel at the pristine coral reef and its abundance of marine life, including tropical species found nowhere else on earth. The morning snorkeling tour includes unlimited water and sodas and complimentary beer, wine, and mimosas after snorkeling. The afternoon Reef & Ritas snorkeling tour is a great opportunity to enjoy a luxurious catamaran sail to the only living coral reef in North America. The afternoon sun is warm and bright, making it a great time to relax on the catamaran and enjoy the temperate ocean waters. The ocean currents and wind direction are often different than in the morning, so if you’ve taken a morning snorkeling trip in the past, chances are you’ll go to a different reef location in the afternoon.

Key West: Rum and Reggae Afternoon Snorkel and Sunset

4. Key West: Rum and Reggae Afternoon Snorkel and Sunset

Enjoy 2 exciting activities in 1 trip as you snorkel North America’s only living reef system from a spacious catamaran, enjoying the rhythmic sounds of reggae music in tropical waters. Then, watch the sunset over the horizon! Climb aboard the state-of-the-art catamaran from the most luxurious fleet in the Florida Keys. Upon arrival at the reef, get assistance and instructions from the friendly crew before you descend “the stairway to the sea.” Discover the wonders of the aquatic environment and its pristine coral reefs, and snorkel among an abundance of marine life, including tropical species found nowhere else on earth. Upon completion of your snorkeling adventure, enjoy some complimentary rum punch, a signature tropical beverage, beer, wine and champagne. Then, leave your worries behind as you sail off into Key West’s famous sunset. Feel the warm ocean breeze as you watch a magnificent sunset. Toast the end of another perfect day in paradise as you see the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon.

Key West: Glass-Bottom Boat Reef Eco-Tour

5. Key West: Glass-Bottom Boat Reef Eco-Tour

Explore dramatic underwater vistas generally reserved for scuba divers from a glass-bottom boat. You will have the opportunity to see North America’s only living coral reef, one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems in the world. Along the trip, an experienced captain and crew will provide a unique and informative eco-tour and point out some of the most interesting marine life that inhabit the waters of this incredible island. The special glass, a “window to the reef”, provides continuous viewing for all passengers. The Glass Bottom Boat offers a seated sun deck and air-conditioned, enclosed viewing area as well as restrooms and a snack bar. The catamaran’s twin hull design allows for maximum stability. The boat is designed to allow maximum viewing with minimum stress to the delicate reef.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 47 reviews

After about 10 minutes we were able to see dolphins, although it seemed a little more difficult because of the wind, but we were lucky. Very good care and great attention is paid to safety. Snorkeling didn't impress us that much as visibility wasn't that good because of the wind. But that was irrelevant for us. It was great that soft drinks, water, beer and wine were included in the price.

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

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was very clean and big enough for everyone to move around.

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

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