Dolphin Encounters

See local Key West dolphins in the wild & up close. Swim and snorkel nearby patch coral reef.

Viewing dolphins in the wild, their natural habitat, is much more special and exciting than viewing them captive.

Viewing dolphins in the wild, their natural habitat, is much more special and exciting than viewing them captive.

Schools of wild dolphins inhabit the waters surrounding Key West. Several small companies are available to take you out in search of these magical creatures in their natural habitat. Dolphin are so common in the Key West area that one specific location is often referred to as the “dolphin playground”.

Dolphins are curious, friendly, yet wild mammals that are protected by stringent federal regulations. Visitors are not allowed to feed, touch or swim with dolphins in Key West. They may, however, come up to the boat and frolic and jump for your pleasure and leave you overjoyed at this unforgettable meeting.

After your visit to the dolphin playground, your guide will then take you to some wonderful backcountry snorkeling spots to see live coral, sponges, and colorful tropical fish. Snorkeling equipment and instruction are included.

Keep in mind that dolphins are wild animals, and although the captains do an excellent job of finding them each day, their presence is never guaranteed. Still, the pristine beauty of their home will never disappoint.

Recommended (Our Favorite) Key West Dolphin Trips:


Wild About Dolphins – Dolphin Watch Trip
This dolphin watching trip is aboard the "Amazing Grace", a 24-foot vessel that will delight every member of the family.

This dolphin watching trip is aboard the “Amazing Grace”, a 24-foot vessel that will delight every member of the family.

This is the original dolphin charter of Key West. This trip is limited to six passengers, morning and afternoon availability.

This four-hour trip includes a visit to the dolphin playground and a second stop in the backcountry for snorkeling.

Breakfast or lunch, light snacks and beverages, as well as all your gear (snorkeling equipment, towels, wet suits, binoculars), are included.

Trip Times: 8 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 5 pm

Cost: $95 per person (+ tax).

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Dolphin Cat
Sit back and enjoy this 36'-foot vessel while you view dolphin in the wild.

Sit back and enjoy this 36′-foot vessel while you view dolphin in the wild.

This dolphin watching trip is aboard a spacious catamaran, providing plenty of room for up to 18 passengers.

This three-hour trip includes a visit to the dolphin playground and a second stop in the backcountry for snorkeling.

Snorkeling equipment and beer, wine, soft drinks, and water are included with this trip. Rental wetsuits are available, though not necessary, for $10.

Trip Times: 9 am – 11:30 am, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, and 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (sunset)

Cost: $74.95 per adult, $55.95 per child ages 4 – 10, FREE per child under 4

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