Catamaran Reef Snorkeling
- Luxury 69' Sailing Catamaran
- 1 Hour of Snorkeling at a Coral Reef
- Attentive, Knowledgable and Friendly Crew
- Sanitized Snorkeling Gear
- Beer, Wine and Soda
Best on Key West offers an exciting afternoon of snorkeling at the Great Florida Reef, the third largest reef in the world. This unique ecosystem is home to thousands of species of fish, sponges, coral, turtles and more, and you can see it up close during our afternoon reef snorkel tour. Whether you're a novice or expert in snorkeling, we invite you and the whole family to come see the remarkable beauty the Great Florida Reef has to offer.
Situated just 6 miles seaward of the Keys, the reef is located in relatively shallow water, typically between 15 feet and 30 feet deep. As the No. 1 diving destination in the world, the reef attracts millions of visitors who can explore and appreciate the delicate ecosystem. You'll have a remarkable view from the Marquesa, a 69-foot Catamaran that boasts one of the largest sails in South Florida.
During your excursion into the beautiful coral, you may glimpse seahorses, angelfish and lionfish, as well as turtles and dolphins. The reefs are home to millions of creatures and marine plants so there's something new around every turn. And the reef never stays the same -- seasons, climate, plant growth, and the various life routines of the marine animals ensure the reef constantly changes. If you've taken our tour before, we invite you to return and experience how the reef has grown since you were last here.
An Afternoon of Adventure
This 3 and half hour tour sets sail at 1 p.m. on our state-of-the-art catamaran and heads straight to the reef. There's plenty of seating on this spacious deck, and while awaiting arrival to the reef, our crew provides safety instructions and demonstrates how to properly use the snorkeling equipment. We provide a snorkeling mask, snorkel, fins and buoyancy compensator for all our underwater adventurers. Our crew is capable of answering any questions you may have during this time. Once we arrive at the snorkeling area, passengers may descend our "Stairway to the Sea," a staircase running from the deck to the water level for easy access.
Our exciting catamarans are equipped with fresh water showers for when you're finished snorkeling, and there's plenty of deck room to stretch out in the sun or head to the shaded area for a refreshing break after snorkeling or on the return trip.
The afternoon reef snorkel tour provides complimentary water and soda to keep you hydrated, and for our adult passengers, we offer complimentary beer and wine on the return sail to Key West.
What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the activity must be cancelled due to bad weather, and you cannot reschedule, you will be issued a full refund.
Where is the departure point for this tour?
Check-in instructions will be included in your activity confirmation email.
Where can I park?
There is metered parking available near the check-in facility.
Do I have to know how to swim for snorkeling?
We ask that our guests feel comfortable in the water before booking a snorkeling tour. All guests will have the chance to wear a buoyancy vest while snorkeling. Swimming is not required, however.
Where do you go for your snorkeling?
We have various destinations that we go to for snorkeling. Our two main destinations include the Barrier Reef on the Atlantic side of Key West and Cottrell Key.
It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.
- Our 4:30PM departure time will not operate after November 5th, please book the 1:30PM time if booking 11/6 or later.
- Beer and wine is provided after snorkeling; valid picture ID must be provided