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Key West Eco-Adventures without the crowds
Who knew 2020 was going to throw us a curveball like this and who knew wearing a mask and social distancing would be part of our daily to do’s. It’s time to get away from the quarantine conversation, escape the crowds and learn about three of Key West’s best eco-adventures and tours for small groups. Let’s go outdoors with Honest Eco Tours, Lazy Dog Adventures, and Key West Eco Tours.
Honest Eco Tours
Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Trip
The Honest Eco Tours in Key West focus is small group sizes and authentic wildlife experiences. There are many reasons we love Honest Eco, and one of them is the Wild Dolphin Guarantee - which means If you don’t see dolphins, your next trip is free! Now that’s important info to share. Another reason is the eco-friendly dolphin watch tours, kayaking, and snorkeling trips that take place in their fully electric boat!
Photo credit: Honest Eco Tours
Honest Eco offers sustainable nature tours that put the wildlife and the guests at front and center. One of our favorite trips is the 4 hour Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Trip, where you have two choices; Dolphin watch and snorkeling or kayak and snorkel adventures. What makes them stand out from the rest of the tours is the experience and the boat - they built SQUID (the electric boat) from scratch to ensure guests, and the animals, have the best wildlife experience possible.
They also offer private charters for small groups. A great way to continue social distance at sea with your family and friends. Did you know you can charter the catamaran SQUID for just your family or small group? They do and it’s a great way to spend quality time with the people you love or “Socially Distance” while on vacation.
What people are saying about the Dolphin Watch and Snorkel adventure with Honest Eco Tours
The overall experience was amazing! Katie and Brady were spectacular and truly made the trip an incredible experience. We went on 4 other boat trips during our time in the Keys and this was far and away the best and the crew made the difference. We were on dolphins in about 20 minutes and we spent the next 45 minutes with dolphins swimming all around the boat. After leaving the dolphins we then headed out to the sponge gardens for some great snorkeling! Brady took some cool under water photos there and shared them with us. Katie and Brady were personable, knowledgeable and truly a pleasure to be around! As an added bonus the snacks were really good as well! Thanks to the crew for an incredible experience! ~ Jerry G., TripAdvisor
Honest Eco is a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award Winner
The boat departs from the Historic Seaport in Old Town Key West, steps from our resort. 37' length x 14' width - 4 Hour Long Trip on a Quick Power Boat. For COVID-19, we are limiting our trips to 12 Guest Max. Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings or Your Next Trip is Free.
Lazy Dog Adventures
Back Country Eco Boat Adventure
Now let’s head out to learn more about another great escape and adventure with our friend Sue Cooper and the staff at Lazy Dog! The crew at Lazy Dog is ready to hook you up with the best Key West kayak and paddleboard backcountry eco-adventure.. If you want to know where the locals go, you’ll find them exploring the outdoors with Lazy Dog.
Photo Credit: Lazy Dog Adventures
Lazy Dog Adventures is one of the top ten boat tours and water sport adventures in Key West and is also a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award Winner! They offer kayak and stand up paddleboard tours and rentals and backcountry boat tours. A must see and do while visiting without the worry of social distancing and crowds.
Since we are focusing on small group adventures, let’s talk about Lazy Dog’s Back Country Eco Boat Adventure, a! 3 1/2 hours tour, 6 person max.
Guests will board the Lazy Dog pontoon boat for a half-day (3.5 hour) backcountry experience.
The experienced Lazy Dog captain will motor out to the offshore mangrove islands. You’ll paddle or kayak on your own through beautiful, peaceful, winding mangrove creeks.
Not interested in kayaking or paddleboard and prefer to chill and relax on the boat, no problem. After the paddleboard or kayak adventure, the captain will take you to a sandbar (or deserted beach depending on tides) where you can relax, unwind and get away from it all.
Keep your eyes open for turtles and dolphins on the way to and from the offshore islands!
What’s provided on this trip: Experienced Captain (usually has a dog too!), Paddleboard or Kayak, paddles, Non-alcoholic beverages, Fresh snacks, Sand chairs/umbrellas.
What people are saying about the Lazy Dog Adventure
Floating in Paradise
We took a 1/2 day private boat trip with Lazy Dog. Lindsay was our captain. She was amazing. She took us out to a locals spot to go paddleboarding, snorkeling and swimming. It was a fantastic day!!
~ Stephanie R., TripAdvisor Review
Check out the Back Country Eco Boat Adventure 3 1/2 hours, kayak, or paddleboard adventure, just let them know ahead of time what you prefer doing. Remember, 6 person max.
Lazy Dog is located at 5114 Overseas Highway, Key West.
Key West Eco Tours
Half-Day Java Cat Eco Tour
Another great way to escape the crowds is spending a Half Day Eco-Tour with our friends at Key West Eco Tours.
Photo Credit: Key West Eco Tours
This is one of the most popular eco-tours, and we know why. This half-day Java Cat Eco Tour is one of the best snorkeling and kayak tours for small groups and a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award Winner.
Wondering where you’ll go and what you’ll see? Get ready to set sail to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge where your captain will take you on a guided kayak tour of lush mangrove islands and snorkeling in sponge and coral gardens.
The captain and guides make this trip extra special and informative as they will point out the abundant marine life, tropical fauna, and birds. It’s exciting to discover new sea creatures as the captain will do a show and tell and yes, even bring up marine life to pass around for you to see and touch. Another cool and memorable travel experience you won’t forget.
This Eco Half Day Tour is another small group adventure for a group of 6 or less. If you are seeking a more personal tour, this ones for you. Children under two years of age are not permitted on tours.
Included on this excursion: light tropical catering, bottled water & soft drinks, kayaks, snorkel equipment, expert instruction, and camera dry-bags.
What people are saying about the Key West Eco Tour experience
We took the Java Cat out this morning for the kayak and snorkeling eco-tour. Captain Amanda was soooo awesome!!! She catered to exactly what we wanted, our little family of 5. :) She was able to give us information about the wildlife, the water, the mangroves and anything we asked. The after activity snacks were perfectly prepared and Absolutely fresh and delicious!!! We would recommend this experience to anyone who is looking for a more intimate experience than those big tour boats!!! ~ Christine andTina, TripAdvisor Review
Where to Check-In
The Java Cat is located at the Key West Historic Seaport along the main Harbor Walk near our resort.
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