Key West Snorkeling
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No visit to the Florida Keys would be complete without doing some Key West snorkeling. Home to the only living coral reef in North America, Florida Keys snorkelers are treated to an underwater world even more beautiful than the one above.
For the best snorkeling tours in Key West give us a call or fill out a quote form. We’ll set you up with a snorkeling excursion or a private charter, lasting from a couple of hours to a full day. Snorkeling equipment is provided, so all you have to bring is some sunscreen, your bathing suit, and a sense of adventure.
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Snorkel Trips For Everyone
Boat excursions leave mornings and afternoons from all over the island. You and your fellow snorkelers will anchor near Key West coral reef and spend a morning or afternoon exploring the third-largest barrier reef in the world.
If you’ve never snorkeled before, don’t worry. With Key West snorkeling you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to learn. Professional instruction by an experienced crew member will have you cruising the aqua blue waters in no time. If you want to practice before your trip, we suggest bringing a mask and snorkel to your hotel pool.
For a real feeling of freedom, we recommend private snorkeling Key West. By hiring your own boat and captain through Key West Charter Boat, the world is your oyster. Snorkel secluded coves in the backcountry, where there are no crowds and all kinds of wildlife to see. Or if you’re a little more experienced, free dive shallow-water shipwrecks that dot the lower keys coastline. What were once sailing ships and workboats are now artificial reefs, attracting thousands of fish and dozens of snorkelers every day.
Private Charter Freedom
With a private snorkeling charter, you get to choose the time and location of where you go and what you do. Charter boats range in size and level of accommodations, from bare-bones center consoles for couples or families to 60-foot sailing catamarans, complete with air-conditioned cabins, bathrooms, even food service, and bar. On the big cats, a morning of snorkeling can easily end with an afternoon of partying or an evening of sunset cruises.
Key West snorkeling is some of the best in the world, whether you wade-in from sandy beaches or fall backwards off a boat; drift on the surface or take a deep breath and dive below, you’ll be amazed by the sheer variety of marine life living here. Schools of brightly colored tropical fish swim so close you can practically reach out and touch them.
Crystal Clear Waters
Sea turtles and rays playfully swim past as if to say hello. Hidden within the coral heads live the shyer fish, so camouflaged as to almost go unnoticed. After a few minutes, you realize that your mask has become a window into a magical world in which you are simply a friendly visitor passing through.
Reef snorkeling around Key West is only matched by the snorkeling found 70 miles to the west. For an amazing snorkeling day trip, take the ferry or hire your own private boat and head to the Dry Tortugas. The boat trip itself is worth it, with wild dolphins often chasing and leaping in your wake. Dry Tortugas national park is one of the most incredible wildlife sanctuaries in the United States.
Thousands of birds flock here during mating season each year, and sea turtles come to lay their eggs. The crystal clear waters are a snorkelers playground, a stairway to the sea filled with coral heads, sea life in dozens of different kinds of fish.
And as an extra bonus, the park is home to Fort Jefferson, an imposing fortress built by the Army Corp of Engineers before the Civil War. After a dolphin encounter on the boat ride here and a few hours of underwater exploration, a walk through the history-rich fort is a great way to cap off the day.
Key West Local Snorkel Spots
Another very popular spot for snorkeling is Sand Key, just seven miles south of Key West. You can take one of the excursion catamarans to get there, or private charter your own boat and tie up to one of the blue and white mooring buoys that dot the shallow coral reef.
Put on your underwater gear and you’re ready for a snorkeling adventure worth posting on social media the minute you get back to the hotel. And don’t forget to include a selfie with Sand Key’s landmark lighthouse in the background!
Even closer yet you’ll find Boca Chica Sandbar, a get-away-from-it-all snorkeling place that’s not too far from it all. With Key West insight, Boca Chica Sandbar feels both remote and close by at the same time. Soft sandy beaches surrounded by shallow clear water make for a great place to try snorkeling for the first time.
I was having a hard time trying to find a snorkel boat big enough for my best friend’s bachelor party. Key West Charter Boat made the whole process a breeze. Not only did we find a snorkel boat big enough but it came with all the toys food and drink we could have ever asked for!
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Just wade in, relax and put your mask in the water and look around. That’s it, you’re a snorkeler! Once you get comfortable, try floating on your stomach and gently kicking your feet. In just a few minutes, you’ll be snorkeling like a pro.
Like any activity in the Keys, local knowledge can make all the difference between choosing a good snorkeling trip and a great one. We know just about every snorkeling tour operator in the area, as well as what they’re best at excursions for large groups, small private charters or something in between. Our years of booking trips that match your experience level and interests is what makes people come back year after year. It’s easy to get hooked on snorkeling the crystal clear waters of the Keys.
Key West snorkeling water adventures are fun for everyone in the family. Even if you don’t snorkel, going along for the ride can be just about as much fun, especially if kids are involved. You’ll hear stories about crawling underwater creatures, swimming ninja turtles, and fish in more colors than a Crayola box. But please remember: everyone should wear reef-safe sunscreen to protect themselves and the fragile underwater ecosystem they’re swimming in.
Family Snorkeling Fun
Families have been coming here for generations and leaving with memories that can’t be matched. If we all do our part to protect these beautiful national treasures, generations to come will be able to marvel at them, too.
Key West snorkeling almost feels as if you’re swimming in a fantasy world, but trust us, it’s real. The endless schools of brightly colored fish are real. So are the sea turtles, and eels and lobsters crawling along the seafloor. It’s all real and waiting for you to come visit.
For more information or to book a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, give Key West Charter Boat a call or fill out one of our quote forms. You can reach us live 24/7, but if we don’t pick up it means we’re helping other customers. If that happens, just leave a short message along with your phone number and we’ll call you right back. We’re always happy to talk about this amazing place that we call home.
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3200 Harriet Ave,
Key West, FL 33040
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