Although there were some bad reviews, I had a good experience with Strike Zone for a snorkeling trip. I took 3 trips over 3 days with 3 different companies within the Keys. 2 of the 3 were great, including this one. I did quite a bit of research for the best snorkeling in the Keys and found that Key Largo and Big Pine Key had some of the best places. We booked the 9:30am trip out to Looe Key, which is a fantastic reef to snorkel or dive.
The staff was friendly, including the captain; but he was a little cheesy. Oh well, this is a touristy type thing, so that's not unusual. My only complaint was that the boat was over-crowded. They did take some divers, but they were able to successfully accommodate both snorkelers and divers unlike the company on snorkeling trip #3 I took the next day. See my awful review for Florida Keys Dive Center for reasons why.
I highly recommend snorkeling Looe Key. There are both deep and shallow parts for snorkelers and divers. We had a nurse shark visit us on this trip and he came within 2-3 feet from us. We saw lots of sea life, including schools of Atlantic Blue Tangs, Queen Angelfish, large Barracudas, and, of course, the shark.
We went to two sites during the trip. Overall, it was great, and the price was about the same as the other tours at $38 bucks each. It was a nice day to spend out on the water, and I'd probably go with these folks again.
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