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Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak

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Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the patch reefs, mangrove islands, and waterways of Key West on a 6-hour cruise and snorkeling tour aboard a wooden sailing schooner. Take a hand at the wheel on your way across the Gulf of Mexico, kayak through the mangroves, then snorkel through patch reefs and sponge gardens. This 6-hour tour includes breakfast, lunch, and access to an open bar on the return sail to Key West.
  • Kayak through mangrove islands
  • Snorkel at a patch reef
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Breakfast, buffet lunch, and drinks included
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Professional guide
All equipment
Full buffet lunch and afternoon snacks
Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks
Gratuities
205 Elizabeth St , 205 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Located along the Harbor Walk at the end of Elizabeth Street, between Schooner Wharf Bar and the Conch Republic Seafood Company on the byway colloquially known as Lazy Way Lane.

10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to Key West’s Historic Seaport for a 10am departure on the Appledore Star, a 72-foot (22-meter), two-masted wooden schooner. Join the crew to unfurl the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax on deck as you sail across the Gulf water. Watch for dolphins and sea turtles during the morning sail, as the crew serves a continental breakfast of different quiches, fresh fruits, and pastries.

When the Appledore Star reaches Key West’s mangrove islands, the captain will drop the anchor for the first stop of the day. Step into a stable, easy-to-paddle sea kayak, and follow a guide through the calm water, exploring the mangrove ecosystem and wildlife. Following the sea kayaking tour, return to the boat for a buffet lunch of deli meat, cheeses, fresh bread, fried chicken, and Key West’s “pink peel” shrimp.

Spend the afternoon at a nearby patch reef, where you can snorkel above the reef’s nursery systems and sponge gardens. Climb back on deck after your snorkel, wash off the salt using Appledore Star’s fresh water rinse, and grab a beer, wine, sangria, or soda from the open bar for the return trip to Key West.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available. Must notify operator 72 hours prior ro departure.
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to expedite the check-in process, please provide lead traveler's e-mail address in the 'special requirement' section during check-out.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sebago Watersports
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is there a restroom onboard for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour?
A:Yes, each of our ships is equipped with a restroom to maximize your comfort. In addition, each of the catamarans has a freshwater rinse.
Feb 2021
Q:
What do I need to bring with me for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour?
A:Bring along your towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, and camera. If you want to drink alcoholic beverages on your tour, remember your photo I.D. to show you are at least 21 years old.
Feb 2021
Q:
Should I wear my swimsuit or change on the boat for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour?
A:It is easier to wear your suit to the tour. There aren’t any changing facilities at our office. However, if you do need to change after boarding, there is a very small changing area in the restroom on board.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is there parking at the terminal for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:There is no parking at our office but you may unload passengers in front of our office. The most convenient city parking lot is at Margaret and Caroline Street with pay machines in the center of the lot.
Mar 2021
Q:
Will I see wildlife during the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:The Florida Keys and the living reef are full of wildlife and it is common to see birds, fish, and marine animals, however, that can’t be guaranteed.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there a place to store my belongings while on the Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres?
A:We do not have lockers or storage facilities in our office. Parties are welcome to bring a beach bag or backpack with personal belongings on our boats. However, if you have luggage or suitcases these would be best stored at your hotel or vehicle.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.

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star-4
Was fun but hot
Sheila_D
, Sep 2021
Boat hand was great . Forgot her name. It was cool but really hot no shade . It was neat being on a real boat. Kayak was fun did see a shark which was neat .
star-5
Great last full day trip on the Gulf of Mexico.
Jennifer_K
, Sep 2021
What a great Captain and crew. We had a fantastic day. The sailing was great. Kayaking fun. Learned alot about the eco system here with the mangroves. The snorkeling was awesome. Crew were very attentive. Well worth the money. Very friendly and did not rush anything.
star-3
Not good for snorkeling.
Carla_K
, Aug 2021
The schooner and staff was great. Food was good. The main reason we did this was for snorkeling and it was low tide. So couldn’t ancor over the sponge bed. We saw absolutely nothing. Very disappointing. Water was just cloudy and murky.
star-5
Great way to spend a day on the water!
Elizabeth_P
, Jul 2021
We had a great time on this excursion!! It was a beautiful day, and we were offered beverages (water, soda, juice) as we sailed out. We had 14 people in our group, so once we arrived at our spot, half of the group snorkeled while the other half were led on a kayak trip around & through the mangroves. While snorkeling, we saw lobster & a lot of different fish. A school of fish started following us around which was pretty entertaining. The kayaks were tandem, and we enjoyed going around the mangroves and into two trails where we were able to sit in the shade & listen to all of the wildlife. The snorkeling & kayaking were about an hour long each & it felt like the perfect length of time for each activity. Back on board we got drinks- the sangria was delicious, and they also had beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks & water. After everyone was settled & they put away all of the snorkel gear, they served lunch. We had 1-2 piece of fried chicken (depending on the piece- I had 2 wings, husband had a breast), a slider (roast beef or turkey & cheese), pasta salad, and some chilled peel & eat shrimp. Everything was great & it was the perfect amount of food. The captain & crew were fantastic- very personable & fun to engage with. We enjoyed our time very much & would definitely do it again. Be sure to bring. Towel, sunscreen, & $$ for gratuity because they earn it!
star-5
Above and beyond crew & experience
ToddfromAustin
, Jul 2021
The crew in general were awesome. Professional but laid back. Mangrove interiors were our highlight.
star-4
Birthday cruise
Judy_B
, Jun 2021
Canceled due to weather. It was my birthday and so looking forward to getting on a sailboat again. But, it is the rainy season.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Brittany_B
, Jun 2021
It was such a blast! Kayaking around the island and getting to see all the underwater life while snorkeling. Made it something to remeber.
star-4
Sailing, kayaking and drinks= FUN
Michael_J
, Jun 2021
Sailing on the way back was really cool. The mangrove kayak tour was fun, kayaking in the ocean back to the sailboat was fun. The snorkeling was fun but wished the water was more clear and I got to see more colorful fish. I did see lobster and some fish.
star-5
Would go again!
Kris_B
, Jun 2021
The crew was great! Very attentive to all of our needs. Food and drinks were amazing, especially the sangria! Snorkeling and kayaking was great!
star-5
A perfect day trip
Justin_H
, May 2021
Fantastic! Crew was knowledgeable and experienced and really fun to share a few hours. Kayaking and snorkeling were great and lunch was superb!

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