Schooner Eco Tour

Schooner Eco Tour
Price: $99.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10 to 20 minute walk or an approximately 20 minute shuttle is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Meal, Beverages
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing over your swimsuit and walking shoes. Bring along biodegradable sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and beach towel.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of the boat and be comfortable in a kayak. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Guests must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol.

Schooner Eco Tour

Your backcountry adventure eco-tour encompasses a schooner sail, guided kayak tour through mangroves and snorkeling at sponge gardens. Discover the varied, diverse ecosystem of Key West's backcountry in one amazing tour. This up-close and intimate nature tour is limited to a very small number of participants, providing you with professional and trained guides who will give you their full attention.

Departing from Key West's Historic Seaport, your historic schooner's sails are unfurled for an authentic sailing experience on the way to Key West's backcountry. If you have always dreamed of sailing aboard a tall mast wooden ship, here is your chance to help raise the sails and take a turn at the wheel; all guests are encouraged to participate.

Your destination is Key West's uninhabited mangrove islands in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. The shallow-drafted schooner is the perfect design for your eco-adventure, being a replica of historic bug-eye schooners that dragged for oysters in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and much other wildlife that call the refuge home. Your captain knows where dolphins are frequently seen and will let you know if he spots any.

Upon reaching the mangrove islands, the boat drops anchor and your exploration begins as the day is divided between guided kayaking tours and guided snorkeling tours. For kayaking, your crew will help you into your stable sea kayak, providing paddling instructions. Don't worry if you aren't used to paddling, the warm, shallow water is calm, sheltered by the uninhabited mangroves, making kayaking a breeze. Your crew will speak about the mangroves and their important role as nurseries to the sea. Learn how mangrove trees survive in saltwater and about the varied marine life that inhabits Key West's unique mangrove ecosystem. Discover there are several hundred species of birds that call these mangroves home where 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.

You will also have the opportunity to get in the water on a guided snorkel tour. Your experienced crew provides professional instructions on snorkeling along with information on the sponge gardens. Never snorkeled? No worries, the crew will answer all your questions and be in the water with you. Soon you will be enjoying snorkeling the shallow, calm waters of the sponge gardens. Experience the tropical fish, sponges, and marine wildlife that call the gardens home. If you prefer to float on the surface, grab a noodle float, lean back and watch the clouds drift by. Conditions vary throughout the different areas of the mangrove islands and your tour operator prides itself on providing their guests with the best experience possible as your experienced captain will chart a course for the optimal kayaking and snorkeling locations given that day's tides and weather conditions.

After your adventure, come back aboard and wash off with a freshwater rinse. Find a comfortable spot to relax on deck and then choose from plenty of complimentary cold drinks including frosty cold beer, wine, homemade sangria, chilled sodas, and filtered water. This is the best of laid-back island lifestyle living there can be. Lunch is also served on the boat as an all-you-can-eat fresh buffet feast is provided. Start with peel and eat shrimp and then try the delicious fried chicken, selection of deli meats and cheeses, accompanied by assorted bread and condiments and don't forget the side salads!

Once the day begins to wind down, it's time to raise anchor and leave the tranquil mangrove islands behind. Refresh yourself with another tasty beverage and snack and find your perfect spot on the boat to relax and enjoy your brisk sail back to the Historic Seaport as a lifetime of memories have been made during your day on the calm waters off Key West.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  12 ReviewsReview This Tour
A fun experience!
August 14, 2022
My husband and I joined a small group on this experience in late June. We were impressed with the skill and knowledge of the Captain and team. There was enough time to explore the water and enjoy this beautiful area.
Reviewer: Cindy D.
5 Stars
Excellent Tour!
August 09, 2022
We have done tours all around the world, this was one of the BEST tours we have ever been on. The guys/guides/Captain were amazing hosts. The schooner was so much fun, we sailed, we kayaked, laid out on a big mat, snorkeled if we wanted(although it wasn't clear water that day.) The hosts were so accommodating, drinks, lunch provided. What more could you ask for? oh and just perfect weather all around. A great morning/afternoon sailing with these guys. Only 7 of us, we were the only ones on a cruise. They said they do get more people up to 20 or 22. It was perfect size for us and a great day!
Reviewer: Carol Hixon
5 Stars
Fun experience on the water
August 02, 2022
This tour is a great way to sail away from Key West, enjoy time in the water snorkeling or swimming, and then taking in the mangroves while paddling kayaks. The captain and team made this adventure safe, fund and entertaining. If we return to Key West, we will do this again!
Reviewer: Cindy
5 Stars
Great experience in Key West
August 01, 2022
This tour was a fun way to explore the water, snorkel, and kayak near Key West. Even during a brief storm, our guides helped us make the most of our time in the water. This trip will appeal to all ages.
Reviewer: Cindy
5 Stars
A fun adventure on the water
July 29, 2022
Our smaller group enjoyed a great afternoon as we departed Key West on this beautiful schooner. We had the opportunity to be guided on both snorkeling and kayaking adventures, and to learn more about this ecosystem. The captain and crew were terrific.
Reviewer: Cindy
5 Stars
Great Key West experience
July 28, 2022
We had a very pleasant experience while exploring Key West via this schooner, kayak, and snorkeling experience. The Captain and guides ensured that all aboard could participate in water activities safely. We experienced a storm while kayaking, and our guide facilitated an opportunity to learn more about the mangroves and wildlife while we took cover from the storm. Well worth a return visit.
Reviewer: Cynthia Dickinson
5 Stars