Key West Dolphin & whale watching

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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.

From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Dolphin Watching, Snorkeling and Transfer

2. From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Dolphin Watching, Snorkeling and Transfer

Head out on a varied excursion to discover the southernmost point of Florida: Key West. Try and spot dolphins from a boat cruise then head into the clear blue waters with snorkeling equipment to encounter marine life up close. Marvel at the colors of the coral reef and look closely for little fish and sea creatures in them. After the pickup at your hotel, travel to the city where the famous author, Ernest Hemingway, once lived. Surrounded by lush greenery, white sand beaches, and a turquoise sea, it's easy to see where he got much of his inspiration from. Then, head to the water and board a boat to set off on your outdoor adventure. Sit back and relax as you travel across the glistening waters and listen to the peaceful sounds of the waves. Keep your eyes peeled for the playful dolphins that live in these waters. See them up close in their natural habitat. Then put on your diving equipment and go snorkeling in the coral reef, where you'll see Florida's underwater world right in front of your eyes.

Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

3. 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: Full Day Tour of Key West National Wildlife Refuge

4. Key West: Full Day Tour of Key West National Wildlife Refuge

Get the most out of Key West and combine 3 adventures into one full-day adventure tour. Board a schooner sailboat and sail the ocean waves, enjoy a guided kayak tour of the mangrove islands, and snorkel in the backcountry reefs. Drink as you please onboard and partake in an all-you-can-eat buffet. Set sail from Key West's Historic Seaport and sail toward the uninhabited mangrove islands in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Keep an eye open for dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and many other species that call the refuge home. Once you reach the islands, allow the crew to help you get into a stable sea kayak and provide some tips on paddling. Feel the ease of gliding through the warm, shallow water, sheltered by the mangroves. As you kayak in the calm waters, learn about the mangroves and their important role as nurseries to the sea. Discover how they survive in saltwater and the various marine life that inhabits the mangrove ecosystem. Try to spot the local bird species, such as ospreys, frigates, blue herons, bald eagles, and even roseate spoonbills. Search the waters for tropical fish, stingrays, and sea turtles. If Kayaking isn't for you, opt for the guided snorkeling tour. Don't worry if you've never done it before, the guides are happy to provide instruction and assistance to get the best out of your experience. Swim through the shallow waters and witness the sponge gardens. Admire the colorful fish swimming over the sponges and surround yourself with marine wildlife. If you prefer to float on the surface, grab a noodle, bask in the sun, and watch the clouds drift by. Afterward, climb back aboard and clean up or relax on the deck. Choose from a wide selection of cold drinks such as beer, wine, homemade sangria, and chilled soda. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet feast, including fried chicken, shrimp, deli meats and cheese, and assortments of bread. At last, raise anchor and leave the islands behind. Enjoy an afternoon snack of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies or chips and dip, and feel the breeze as you sail back to the seaport.

Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

5. 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: Dolphin Combo Boat Tour

6. Key West: Dolphin Combo Boat Tour

After meeting at the pier, you will climb aboard "Sunset One", which will be your dolphin-viewing boat for the day. From there you will be able to sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are, as well as exactly where you will be heading that day. You can get prepared to watch the dolphins frolic in their playground, and can marvel as the dolphins swim closer to the boat, allowing you to get a better view. You will eventually head out to the back country, which are some small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.  This is a beautiful little island chain with a small beautiful reef perfect for snorkeling. Out there you will be able to see plenty of fish, as well as possibly some turtles and a shark. You will then climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock, complete with an ice-cold draft beer.

Key West: Private Florida Keys Sandbar Tiki Boat Cruise

7. Key West: Private Florida Keys Sandbar Tiki Boat Cruise

Explore one of Key West and the Florida Keys' backcountry sandbars in the comfort of your own private tiki boat charter. Let your captain manage the boat while you make the most of your day out in the sun, in the turquoise shallow waters, wining and dining on the food of your choice, as you bring exactly what you want to eat and drink on this charter. Soak up the rays all while staying cool in the clear waters and enjoy a day out with friends or family. Feel like a true local with your very own tiki boat, partying and enjoying a day out in one of the Keys' sandbars. Keep a lookout for rays, turtles, fish, and dolphins — all of which are known to be seen in the area. Feel the pristine sand beneath your toes as you relax in the shallow sandbar waters and sip on whichever drink you prefer, as you have the chance to bring your very own choice of drinks and food.

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What people are saying about Key West

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Hello, the trip is definitely recommended. We saw dolphins on the outward trip, several birds on the kayak tour, and fish underwater while snorkeling. There were plenty of drinks and the food was ok. The team of the captain and the 2 guides was very nice and competent. In addition, great weather and a great warm sea. We had a lot of fun and met very nice people. Definitely a great day at sea.

Llovió muy fuerte pero eso no fue un impedimento para parar el viaje . Luego salió el sol y vimos los delfines, muy buena experiencia y bebidas gratis todo el viaje .Falta mejorar encontrar un mejor sector para hacer snorkel, solo vimos 3 peces .

We liked snorkelling and dolphin watch tour a lit. Our 5 years old son liked it as well. Excellent place for snorkelling and we saw 12, may be even more playful dolphins, who were following our boat. Highly recommend!

The captain was so much fun and made our trip so enjoyable! He made sure we had a great boat ride and gave us lots of time at the sandbar! We can’t wait to come back and do this again!

Captain Nick was the most fabulous. So nice to meet Captain Morgan as well!!! Knowledgeable, attentive, professional and most of all FUN!!! He needs to be an Admiral!