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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get up close with sharks and other marine wildlife on this boat tour from Key West. Travel on board an eco-friendly, 34-foot catamaran just a few miles off the coast of Key West. See dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about Key West’s waters, and then watch as the pilot drops bait to draw a variety of sharks right to the edge of the boat. Bring a camera to capture the excitement as these super predators swarm. Cold drinks, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark cruise.
  • Shark and wildlife boat tour from Key West
  • View lemon, nurse and other shark species from the safety of your catamaran
  • Spy dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles on your way to the shark viewing location
  • Travel in a catamaran built to minimize environmental impact
  • Learn about the marine life and mangrove islands on your tour from your pilot
  • Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and chips provided
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Professional guide
Use of polarized sunglasses
Soda and juice
Chips
Bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

245 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Directions: Dock is located on Pier B behind the resort.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Check in at the dock, located on Pier B behind the Westin Resort in Key West, and then climb on board the Tiger Cat. This 34-foot (10-meter), custom-built, eco-friendly catamaran is captained by local wildlife experts with more than 30 years of experience on the Florida Keys’ backcountry waters. The boat utilizes a power-pole system rather than an anchor(s) to keep it in place while viewing sharks, thus preventing any possible damage to the seagrass and coral bottom below.

Travel through the shallow waters close to natural mangrove islands and look for a variety of wildlife — like dolphins, turtles, stingrays and birds, to name a few. Then proceed about four miles (six km) offshore to prime shark territory. A scented bait is dropped into the water to attract these super predators right to the edge of the boat, sharks of all kinds: lemon, nurse, bull, blacktip and hammerhead sharks. Make sure to have a camera ready to capture the scene.

Cold beverages, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Key West Extreme Adventures Shark Tours
After check-in, the Tiger Cat will cruise through Key West harbor on the way to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Here guests will see numerous sharks and a variety of wildlife including dolphin.
Stop At:  
Key West
Travel through shallow water close to mangrove islands as you make your way about 4 miles (6.4 km) away from shore to the shark viewing site. Along the way, keep your eyes open for dolphin, sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas, tarpon and an array of native birds. Listen to your experienced pilot discuss the delicate ecosystem of this area and its abundance of wildlife. Enjoy complimentary water, soda, juice and chips — as well as the use of polarized sunglasses — during your trip. When you arrive at the shark destination, get ready for an unforgettable experience! Your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort. See numerous lemon and nurse sharks, and watch out for bull, black tip and hammerhead sharks during nearly one hour of shark viewing. Capture dramatic photos you can't wait to share with family and friends.
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • No alcoholic drinks permitted
  • Guests may bring their own lunches and beverages
  • Important Note: must call to confirm departure time or your tour may not be guaranteed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Key West Extreme Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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:
What is the departure point for the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The departure location is 245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040. The dock is located on Pier B behind The Westin Resort.
Jun 2021
Q:
What time is the departure for the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The departure is typically 10 am, however, tour times may vary due to season, tides, and weather conditions. be sure to call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to your tour to confirm the departure time.
Jun 2021
Q:
What kind of boat is used during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Enjoy the comfort and shade aboard “Tiger Cat”, a 34-foot catamaran that uses a power-pole system in lieu of anchors to keep the boat secure. This eliminates potential damage to the sea grass and coral bottom.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes - Children age 5 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Please specify if bringing children in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
Does the wildlife come close to the boat during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes, your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera as there will be several amazing photo ops! Polarized sunglasses are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish!
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Whale Shark tour?
A:It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there shaded seating available during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes, there is seating available under the canopy for shade.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own drinks/snacks with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes - cold drinks and snacks are provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
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 Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would consider this a must excursion if you are coming to Key West!!!" See review
  • "You can get perfect pictures and videos as there is so many opportunities to see them." See review
  • "The deck is plenty big for kids to get some energy out." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Awesome Experience
Mackenzie_B
, Sep 2021
This was such an awesome experience! Knowledgeable, friendly and enjoyable tour guides. Made sure everyone was able to get a good view. Clean boat with plenty of seating, shade, and open sides. Saw sharks, sea turtles and jellyfish! Definitely worth the price. Would go again!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Wow!
Brenna_M
, Sep 2021
You go on these things and think you will be lucky to see even one shark. OMG! We saw at least twenty of them! What an experience! Definitely recommend!
star-5
It was my favorite
Laura_M
, Sep 2021
The guys were great! You could tell they love their job and that this was a family owned business and not a large corporation. The boat trip was relaxing and they were great w the sharks. There was a pigeon that fell in the water and our captain saved it. Omg I would have cried if I saw this baby bird drawn. But again you can tell that this family really loves the wildlife. I recommend this highly.
star-4
Shark Tour
Steve_W
, Sep 2021
Watching the sharks come that close to the boat. Water was very clear and you could see other wildlife.
star-5
Good time. Is as as advertised.
Dan_B
, Sep 2021
Captions were very nice. We got to see sharks getting feed. A very nice way to spend a couple hours and to get to see nature.
star-5
Family Vacation with Teens
Carlan_M
, Sep 2021
What a day!!! So much humor excitement, education. Highly recommend this experience. We got to see tons of lemon sharks. Both captains made sure that EVERYONE got a chance to witness the feedings. There was no shortage. You see everything from bait prep to sharks swimming to the bait. It was incredible. All the reviews are true. There is ice cold drinks available. Take as much as you need. We saw so many dolphins in the wild as well. It’s a great time for everyone . All ages. Toddlers to teens. Adults. Singles families etc
star-5
Fun day with the 🦈's
jfazio
, Sep 2021
Captain Clay and Captain Dave were very professional and super knowledgeable. Best tour I did on this vacation. Saw Sharks, dolphins, fish, and birds. They shared their knowledge of each. Highly recommend!
star-5
Awesome experience!!!
Celinet_F
, Sep 2021
Awesome experience! Very educational. They news everything about wildlife. I will remember recommend them.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Must go activity
HEZHENWANG
, Sep 2021
Amazing trip to see wild sharks! Great captains with a lot of knowledge about everything in the ocean! Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope to see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Amazing views.. amazing knowledge
Matthew_T
, Sep 2021
Very nice tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and kind. They made us laugh and I enjoyed the attention to the kids on the trip. Will 1000% recommend and will go back!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you and your family again soon. Captain Dave

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