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“Clear kayak tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Clearly Unique Charters

Clearly Unique Charters
631 Greene Street, Beside Conch Republic Restauraunt, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-747-8651
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Ranked #51 of 304 activities in Key West
Type: Tours
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Owner description: We have the only glass bottom Kayaks in Key West. Take a quick boat ride out to the National Wildlife Refuge for a guided tour around and through one of the many untouched mangrove islands. We often see such things as: a variety of birds, sharks, rays, turtles, lobster, crabs etc. Kayaking is followed by snorkeling in either a natural sponge garden, small boat wreck or coral reefs not visited by the larger companies. All ages are welcome. We love what we do and enjoy sharing it with others! *Private charters available.
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Arlington, Virginia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Clear kayak tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

We decided to do this on the spur of the moment. Just walked up with no reservations. I'm do glad we did. Sam and Matt were friendly and accommodating. The kayak tour of the mangroves was awesome. I'd been around the mangrove islands before but never cut through them in the narrow channels he took us through. He also new just where to find all the most interesting birds and underwater life. Then the took us to a sunken boat for snorkeling. If you've never dived on a shipwreck before, it's worth the experience. I always greatly prefer these small boat operators to the huge boats that take out a hundred people at a time. Ours was a nice group of about 8 people. . .

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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Best thing I did while in Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This kayak/snorkeling trip gives you an excellent opportunity to interact directly with the natural beauty of Key West, and Chris and Sam are stellar guides. They steer clear of the cheesy schlock offered by a lot of tour companies and instead spend the time imparting their knowledge, which I really appreciated. The ride out to Archer Key is worthwhile in its own right, along with the history Chris gave us on the way. As we kayaked through mangroves (a welcome contrast to the chaos and tourism of Duval Street), Sam did an excellent job pointing out the various species of marine life and birds, much of which was new to me. It felt like we were much further than five miles from mainland Key West. I also enjoyed the snorkeling, but the best part of this trip is the kayaking. And the ride there and back. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

Visited January 2013
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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“glass bottom kayak tour in Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spent a week in Key West in May and we spent every day taking in the beauty and interesting attractions Key West had to offer. We loved it all: the charm, the history, the culture, the nature, the food and drink --- but our absolute favorite adventure was our trip with Clearly Unique Charters. The guys running the tour were outstanding. The ride in the Beachcat out to the refuge was amazing and we had such a good time kayaking around and exploring the mangroves. While snorkeling, we saw a sea turtle and a large ray or skate, as well as fish. Great highlight of Key West stay.

Visited May 2012
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“Chris and Sam provided a friendly and interesting trip to a beautiful location in a relaxing and safe environment.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

We loved that they customized the trip based on weather. The water was glass so they extended the kayaking instead of rushing into snorkeling. We saw sharks, turtles, sting ray, baracuda, crab, and birds from the clear kayaks. They stopped boat on return trip when they spotted dolphins - which swam right up to us. Highly recommend this!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Just ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

First off wanted to say the crew of the boat was awesome. I don't know if it was due to time of year for the location they took us snorkeling. However much better snorkeling exists in the area. We didn't see much of anything. I've snorkeled the reef here before and enjoyed it much more than this. The clear kayaks are neat though.

Visited December 2012
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captmatth, Owner at Clearly Unique Charters, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you for choosing Clearly Unique Charters. We're very glad you were happy with our boat, crew and enjoyed using our clear kayaks. Sorry the snorkeling wasn't up to your expectations, however we are a back country kayak eco-tour with snorkeling included. The clear kayaking accounts for 2/3 of the trip (about 1 1/2 hrs) with snorkeling a smaller portion (about 45 mins). We do have a variety locations for snorkeling that include coral heads, patch coral, sponge gardens and a small boat wreck. These sites depend on wind, weather and tides. We choose the best location for the day, where it is calm, peaceful and never crowded.(our less than 20 passengers are the only snorkelers at our locations) No back country kayak eco- tour goes out to the main "reef". It's located in a completely different area. We hope you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the mangrove island and the wildlife in the water and trees while kayaking and hope you will join us again on your next Key West vacation.
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