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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
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.

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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.

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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
Shark excursion was amazing
Carol_D
, Jan 2022
Dave and Clay were awesome!! Super knowledgeable about the ocean and all of the wildlife we saw. We were hoping to see 1 or 2 sharks on this trip and were amazed when we saw a whole swarm of them. I'd suggest this trip to everyone. If you're worried about being seasick, I can tell you that the style of boat they have really minimized movement. 3 of my family usually have issues with boat excursions and were nervous about this, but it was fine, they didn't have any issues at all. The crew also offers complimentary sodas and waters. I RECOMMEND THIS EXCURSION TO EVERYONE!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. It really is amazing that we haven't had a person get seasick is over 14 years. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Highlight of our entire trip
Tom_L
, Jan 2022
We had an excellent time during our entire Key West vacation, but this was the absolute highlight. Captains Dave and Clay were excellent. Both so accommodating and knowledgeable. I plan to take this tour again when I return. Would highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A terrific adventure !
Deborah_K
, Jan 2022
Never expected that many sharks. Details provided about their feeding habits was interesting but the biggest thrill was watching them go after the fish being fed to them. Also had the good fortune of seeing dolphins playing on the way back to shore.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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
Had a lot of fun and...
Scott_M
, Jan 2022
Had a lot of fun and learned some things I didnt know about sharks and dolphins. The ride was pleasant and beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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
Amazing
Sara_M
, Jan 2022
This was one of the best tours ever! The pictures don't lie...we saw so many sharks and even a dolphin. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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
Very good experience....
Mary_M
, Jan 2022
Very good experience. Highly recommend! Was very entertaining and a unique experience! Must do for key west!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great excursion!
Courtney_M
, Jan 2022
I highly recommend this excursion! Both captains were very knowledgeable, friendly, and made sure everyone was able to see the action. We loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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
Super fun!
Britt_C
, Jan 2022
Completely enjoyed watching the sharks come to the boat and enjoy a snack. Captain and son were very knowledgeable and super friendly. I took my 4 sons ages 17-7 and they loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you and your sons again soon, Captain Dave
star-5
What a fun experience!...
Rhiana_L
, Dec 2021
What a fun experience! Captain Ken and Clay were so informative, kind, and passionate about the sharks. Would definitely recommend while visiting!
icon Response from Host , Dec 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
Such a fun once in a life...
Amanda_M
, Dec 2021
Such a fun once in a life time experience! The captains were very fun and entertaining, but also very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave

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