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This is intended to describe the many types of watersports that are available in Key West by simply listing various operators and some of the activities that they provide. Note that all of the operators do a safe, entertaining, and informative job and the choice of operator depends more on what you want to do and how long you can spend on the water. All of the companies below run their trips year-round, but not every trip goes out every day. And there are different minimum and maximum numbers of people which can be accomodated.
Key West Jet Ski Tour Key West Jet Ski Rental
The Island Jet Ski Tour is 28 mile appx. 1 1/2 hour ride. This high speed guided tour takes you around the entire island with some interesting stops along the way such as the Southernmost Point in the United States only 90 miles to Cuba. The local tour guides will keep you safe while driving your jet ski. All Coast Guard safety equipment is furnished. Free shuttle pick up is also offered.
Fury Water Adventure Key West Fury Catamaran
The Fury Water Adventure provides a morning snorkel trip, an afternoon snorkel trip, a sunset sail, a sunset sail with music, a sunset sail with a reef eco tour, a glass bottom boat trip to the reef, a combination snorkel and sunset sail, and the Ultimate Adventure, a combination of several water-related activities. There are three departure points on the north side of Key West, and you can book any of the trips at these locations, from vendors on the streets in Key West, by calling, and on-line. Booking a Fury activity on-line will generally save you money.
Sebago Watersports Sebago Key West
Sebago Watersports provides a morning snorkel trip, an afternoon snorkel trip, a sunset sail, a dolphin encounter, a combination snorkel and sunset sail, parasailing, and two multiple activity trips; the Island T'ing with snorkeling and kayaing, and the Power Advernture with snorkeling, a banana boat, wave-runners, etc. Each of the last two provide breakfast and lunch. Some of the Sebago trips leave from the Key West Bight near the Conch Republic Seafood Company while others leave from the Galleon Resort. You can book a trip at these locations, by vendors on the streets, by calling, and on-line. Booking a Sebago activity on-line will generally save you money.
Floridays Floridays Key West
The Floridays is a single-hulled sailing ship which provides a morning snorkel trip to the reef, an afternoon snorkel trip to the reef, and a champagne sunset sail. They are located at the Key West Hyatt Resort Hotel at 601 Front Street (you must walk through the Hyatt pool area to their dock), and you can make a reservation by simply walking to the ship, or by calling 305-744-8335. They serve soda, beer, wine champagne and margaritas on every trip.
Danger Charters Danger and Danger's Prize
Danger Charters provides two half-day excursions, a full-day excursion, and a "Wind & Wine" sunset sail. All of the trips are on board one of two 65 foot "Skipjack" sailing ships, the Danger and Danger's Prize. The half-day excursions include a snorkel and kayak stop, and the full-day trip includes a snorkel and kayak stop as well as a light breakfast and full lunch. Both ships are moored past the Westin Resort at 407 Carloine Street, and you can book a trip by visiting their booth or by calling.
Restless Native Charters restlessnative.com
Restless native is a luxury 50' cruising catamaran that does snorkel and sunset trips. It is licensed for up to 6 persons. Upscale food and drink. Located in the Historic Seaport Bight City Marina just behind the Turtle Kralls and Raw Bar restaruants. Book by phone or walk up.
Blue Plant Kayak Eco-Tours www.blue-planet-kayak.com
Located just on the outskirts of Key West, Blue Planet offers kayak tours and rentals in the warm, crystal clear, shallow, "backcountry" waters in the shelter of mysterious mangrove islands. Guided tours are 2.5 hours with a maximum of 10 people per guide. Guides will explain the ecosystem's uniqueness in plants, marine life, birds and natural history, as well as catch marine animals only an expert could find for you to handle and photograph. Geared for any level of paddler, you won't have to go far to see the hidden beauty that so many have called serene, enchanting, romantic and captivating. More than a kayaking trip; you will have an Eco-Tour Experience! Pickup and dropoff at your hotel is provided.
Fishing Key West Historic Charter Boat Row
No matter what sort of angler you are, you can find a charter along Key West's Historic Charter Boat Row that will take you on the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Perhaps you want to follow in the wake of legendary sportman, Ernerst Hemingway, who certainly put the Southermost deep sea on the charts for big game fishing. He targeted marlin above all else, and broke records in his day. At the other end of the spectrum is flats fishing, targeting bonefish, permit and tarpon along the channels and shallows of the backcounty in a small skiff with a guide and perhaps one other fishing buddy. There are also light tackle charters which target all species, but do so on a lighter test line to even up the fight between angler and fish. This style of fishing was developed by local captains. If the charter boat rates are a little pricey, you might want to consider a party boat where for a reasonable fee, you fish the reef with other anglers. It's a great way to introduce the kids to the sport, and you are likely to catch your dinner! All these types of charters can be found on the docks of Charter Boat Row on Garrison Bight! Tight lines!