Key West Eco Kayak Tours
Key West, Florida, USA
- Intimate group tour: We keep it small (7 kayaks max) so everyone can hear the guide's commentary and the animals aren't distracted from normal routines.
- Sheltered routes: Your expert guide will evaluate weather, wind, and tide conditions and select a route that ensures easy paddling and the best chances for wildlife spotting.
- Nature's touch tank: Encounter dolphins, rays, sea turtles, schools of fish, aquatic birds – and get hands-on time with some of the Keys' most curious inhabitants.
- Everything's included: Single or tandem sea kayak, orientation session, bottled water, fruit and dry bags for cameras/smartphones.
About this Key West, Florida tour
It's kind of like being on a ride in a magical eco-park attraction. Only no animatronics or holograms; this is the real deal. And it's really remarkable, from your first stroke to your last. Wait, scratch that. Sometimes you won't even need to bother paddling. You'll just glide along in the same wondrous flow that carries the tide in and out of those winding mangrove trails you'll be on. Even the shallow flats and turtle grass beds just beyond the mangroves are easy to handle.
So are many of the very odd life-forms that make this ecosystem their home, like the sea cucumbers, starfish, lettuce slugs, tulip shells, and other critters your guide-slash-Keys-naturalist may pass around for you to inspect in your own hands.
They'll also be pointing out some of the larger animals known to frequent our routes – like dolphins, rays, sea turtles, soaring flocks of birds, and iguanas that like to sun in the trees. In fact, if you're into nature photography, this will be total heaven for you – since our small footprint and (hopefully) quiet approaches should allow for great shots of even shy, retiring creatures. Don't worry – they provide dry bags for the gear.
Speaking of not worrying: 1) the guides really know what they're doing out there, and have mucho experience safely shepherding their floating flocks through this environment; and 2) even kayaking newbies can come along and enjoy it – they'll help you get up to speed on the basics during a pre-float orientation. Experienced paddler? All the better.
So come along, and explore this living marine nursery for the fish, birds, and animals that make Key West unique. It's anything but a small, small, small, small world.
Have you thanked a mangrove today?
Most of us have no clue how ingenious, pioneering, and absolutely essential mangroves are. They survive twice-daily tidal flooding by using breathing tubes. They support themselves and provide safe havens for countless species with their buttressed aerial roots. They travel the world building land, thanks to floating seedpods that germinate on the tree, then root wherever the tides carry them. And they trap pollutants that would otherwise flow out to sea. They also bear the brunt of hurricane-driven storm surges. These babies deserve our gratitude.
Please exit the terminal building to meet your guide.
Single or Double Kayaks available. The tour also includes dry bags for your cameras and smartphones.
This is a high-activity tour and is only recommended if you are fit, and accustomed to exertion. This tour is not wheelchair accessible or for those with limited mobility.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Water and fruit included.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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