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Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

1. Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

The only thing better than snorkeling in Key West is doing it twice! Climb aboard the fast Fury catamaran and head out to Key West’s underwater marvels. During this 3-hour trip you’ll have the opportunity to explore the reef at 2 different locations. The Reef Express is a 57-foot power catamaran built for speed and comfort. It’s the quickest way to get to the reef, so you spend less time traveling and more time snorkeling. Once you reach the reef, you’ll be provided top-of-the-line snorkeling gear including a snorkel, mask, fins and a snorkeling vest. You’ll also get some professional tips and guidance on how to snorkel to better enjoy your experience. After meeting some of the most popular residents – the colorful marine species that inhabit the reef – you'll be transported to another ideal location on the reef for more snorkeling. Double Dip provides approximately 1.5-hours of Key West snorkeling during a 3-hour adventure. If you select the Double Dip Sunset Combo trip, after experiencing the finest Key West snorkeling, the Reef Express will head out to sea to find the perfect place to watch a dramatic sunset. Raise your glass of complimentary Champagne as you toast another fun-filled day in the paradise that is Key West.

Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

2. 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 Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

3. Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

Climb aboard a fast catamaran for an aquatic journey of a lifetime, and observe the grace and beauty of resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, feed and do what comes naturally. Then, head to the Key West wildlife refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour is provided by the only company in the Florida Keys with the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. The program was put together by conservation agencies, including the National Marine Sanctuary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Dolphin Ecology Project and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine, whether you choose the morning or afternoon option. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

4. 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: Rum and Reggae Afternoon Snorkel and Sunset

5. 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.

Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

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

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 with an included ticket to the Sails to Rails Museum. 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 off Key West 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: Sunset Sailing Trip with Open Bar, Food and Music

7. 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.

Do It All Watersports With Parasailing

8. Do It All Watersports With Parasailing

Climb aboard the 'Party Cat', a 65-foot motorized double decker catamaran, and meet the crew and Captain. Recieve instructions on how your trip will go and pick a fun name for your group. Enjoy a short boat ride out to the Playground, where all the activities are set up ready for your day of fun. Schedule your parasailing time then climb aboard some of the newest Jet Skis in Key West and play around on them. Swim over to a sunken ship to enjoy some fun snorkeling. Have a bounce on the water trampoline then hold on tight as the SkiBoats take you for a fun filled Banana Boat ride. You can climb to the top of a floating IceBerg then jump off into the cool crystal blue waters, or paddle around the area in state of the art kayaks and paddle boards. Try your luck at waterskiing and knee boarding. Re-energise as you enjoy a grilled lunch in the air-conditioned, fully enclosed lower cabin of the boat. Once you are all worn out, sit back, relax, and enjoy a cold draft beer as you make your way back to shore.

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 Coral Reef Snorkeling

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 275 reviews

Everything was as per advertising photo. The boat, the sea, the dolphines, weather It was excellent! The captain and Gabby couldn't do more for us. Very helpful, patient with kids and shared lots of information. Seen plenty of dolphins and the snorkeling was great! I was hoping to see more colours but still seen lots of fishes and corals, and animals I don't know the name. I was looking forward to this trip so much and my family really enjoyed it.

Our family had a blast despite poor sea conditions that made snorkeling visibility Impossible. The crew did a great job entertaining us the rest of the day with water sports. The parasailing was amazing even though I am afraid of heights, I felt so secure in the harness and it was our favorite activity. The price point is great considering all the amenities included. Thanks for a memorable trip!

Very friendly crew, good snorkeling (it is what it is) and spectacular sunset. In general terms very well and to highlight the excellent attitude of a girl from the crew who tried to speak Spanish but was very friendly.

Beautiful day, the water was blue and amazingly clear we spent about an hour and saw lots of different fish on the coral reef which was in its self beautiful I would recommend this experience to all we will do it again.

A fun time snorkeling on a reef off of Key West. Enjoyed wine on the boat afterwards while we watched the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico