Backcountry Snorkel, Kayak, & Sail

Instead of visiting the reef in the Atlantic, this trip heads to the Gulf Side for snorkeling smaller patch reefs and exploring the mangroves with kayaks.

One of Key West best trips, you'll have the opportunity to snorkel the backcountry habitat and kayak through mangrove islands.

One of Key West’s best trips, you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel the backcountry habitat and kayak through mangrove islands.

These trips begin with a trip on a large sailboat and takes you deep into the tranquil, natural habitat of Key West’s backcountry.

Fresh fruit and chilled drinks are served while you choose a single or double kayak and receive easy paddling instructions.

You’ll silently glide through crystal-clear creeks and shallow-water flats filled with mangrove snappers and baby nurse sharks while your guide enlightens you on topics ranging from marine life to local folklore.

After a delicious lunch prepared on-board by your crew, you’ll wear snorkel gear for a tour of the beautiful patch reefs covered with sponges, soft corals and starfish and set foot on white-sand beaches and sand bars.

These are high quality trips that are guaranteed to please people of all ages.

The half-day trips depart twice a day and last 4.5 hours. The full-day trip departs once a day and lasts 6.5 hours.

Backcountry Snorkel, Kayak, & Sail Trips Info:


1/2 day trips:
The water in the backcountry is especially calm. You may see rays, fish, patch coral, and a variety of crustaceans.

The water in the backcountry is especially calm. You may see rays, fish, patch coral, and a variety of crustaceans.

Trip details:

This trip visits the “backcountry” islands of Key West where you will snorkel the seagrass beds and smaller patch coral reefs, and kayak amongst mangrove islands. Check-in 30 minutes before your trip start time at a convenient marina in the Old Town district. You’ll sail from downtown Key West aboard a 60-foot schooner which carries the snorkeling gear, kayaking equipment, beverages, and a light snack. Friendly and knowledgeable crew do a good job of interpreting the eco-system and encouraging an enjoyable and relaxing time.

What to bring:

We suggest a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, and any snacks you want.  A waterproof camera is also fun for recording your snorkeling adventure.

Times:

        • Morning trip: 9 am – 1:30 pm during winter; 9:30 am – 2:00 pm during summer
        • Afternoon trip: 2 pm – 6:30 pm during winter; 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm during summer

Cost: includes snacks, beverages, instruction, and gear

        • Morning trip: $80 adults/$60 kids 12 & under
        • Afternoon trip: $90 adults/$70 kids 12 & under
        • parties of 5 or more may be charged a 15% gratuity
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Full-day trip:

The water in the backcountry is especially calm. You may see rays, fish, patch coral, and a variety of crustaceans.

The full-day trip is our favorite trip. Six hours of pure relaxation, exploration, and excitement. Delicious, wholesome lunch is included.

Trip details:

Visits reef and backcountry island, and sometimes a sandbar. Check-in 30 minutes before your trip start time.  You’ll sail from downtown Key West out to the reef for snorkeling.  Then you’ll head to the “backcountry” where you’ll have the opportunity to kayak through the mangroves and snorkel the seagrass and patch coral in the area.  You’ll see lots of juvenile creatures who use this habitat as a nursery.

What to bring:

We suggest a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, and any snacks you want.  A waterproof camera is also fun for recording your snorkeling adventure.

Times: includes lunch, snacks, beverages, instruction, and gear

      • 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (10:00 am – 4:30 pm during summer)

Cost:

      • $120 adult/$95 kids 12 & under

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