An Island 'Ting
This Key West Eco-Tour combines 3 great adventures into one: a catamaran cruise, snorkeling the coral reef and kayaking in the mangroves. This awesome, intimate nature tour is limited to a small group allowing you with ample seating and room to spread out.
Departing from Key West's Historic Seaport, your catamaran's sails are unfurled for an authentic sail experience on the 7-mile sail to the coral reef. Relax onboard as the crew prepares your fresh breakfast and serves such offerings as fresh pastries, quiche, tropical fruit and fruit juices.
Your captain knows the best snorkeling spots to maximize your fun. Nearing the reef, your experienced crew provides a professional safety and instruction course. New to snorkeling? All your questions will be answered as you will be provided with sanitized equipment, snorkels, masks, fins and buoyancy vests. Explore the reef's magnificent underwater world and discover coral heads and brightly colored fish that call the reef home.
Grab a noodle float and play in the warm, clear waters before you come back aboard where you can wash off the salt with a fresh water rinse. Find a comfortable seat in the tropical sun or relax in shade under the covered space. Enjoy complimentary cold drinks with plenty to choose from, homemade sangria, boutique wine, frosty cold beer, chilled soft drinks and filtered water.
Soon you are sailing again, making your way to Key West's backcountry mangrove islands. Now it's time for lunch, an all-you-can-eat fresh buffet feast starts with delicious peel and eat shrimp and golden fried chicken. Move on to a selection of deli meats and cheeses accompanied by assorted breads and condiments as well as the crew's signature side salads.
Upon arrival at the uninhabited mangrove islands in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge, your crew helps you into your kayak, providing paddling instructions. Sheltered by the mangroves, the warm, shallow water is calm, making kayaking a breeze. Experience the very best kayaking on this guided eco-tour, the experienced and knowledgeable crew talks about the mangroves and their important role as nurseries to the sea. Discover how mangrove trees survive in salt water and about the varied marine life that inhabit the unique mangrove ecosystem. Learn that several hundred species of birds call these mangroves home and on a typical day, you may see ospreys, frigates, blue herons, bald eagles and even roseate spoonbills. In the water, look for sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays and tropical fish.
After your mangrove tour, refresh yourself with another tasty beverage and enjoy the afternoon snack of freshly made chocolate chip cookies or chips and dip. Relax and enjoy your scenic hour-long brisk sail back to the Historic Seaport as a memorable day in the waters off Key West ends.