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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Tours

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
When visiting the Florida Keys it is hard to miss the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as most of the water surrounding the Florida Keys is part of the sanctuary. Covering 2,900 square nautical miles, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects the incredible underwater world of the Florida Keys, where reefs and animals flourish. 

During a visit to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, you have a few different options for how to experience this protected area of nature. The sanctuary is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef and is an excellent spot for scuba diving or snorkeling. There are even a series of shipwrecks you can explore as a diver called Shipwreck Trail. 

If you’d rather stay above water, you can rent a boat to explore the sanctuary and possibly do some fishing. When boating it is important to use mooring buoys for your anchor as they won’t damage the reef. In addition, boaters should pay attention to the commands of other buoys in the sanctuary as they are strategically placed to protect the environment. 

To learn more about the history and conservation efforts of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a visit to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a must. Through interactive exhibits you’ll learn about the land-based and under the sea wildlife and plants of the Florida Keys. There is also a living reef tank, which has an abundance of coral and fish living in it. 

Practical Info

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary starts just south of Miami and stretches through the Florida Keys to the Dry Tortugas. If visiting the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, head to 35 East Quay Road in Key West; it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has free admission.
Address: 33 E Quay Rd, Key West, Florida 33040, USA
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Private Looe Key Snorkel from Big Pine Key

Private Looe Key Snorkel from Big Pine Key

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Looe Key Marine Sanctuary is part of the Great Florida Reef, the only coral reef in the continental USA, and the third largest barrier reef system after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the Palancar Reef in Mexico and Belize. It is a special place for snorkeling.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$495.00
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$495.00
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Key West Morning Boat Charter

Key West Morning Boat Charter

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Enjoy a morning in the crystal clear water of The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This private custom charter will take you on an adventure snorkeling at the reef. See marine life in their natural habitat. Sea Turtles, Tropical Fish, Starfish and a living coral reef abound. Your Captain is knowledgeable and will guide you through the experience. You will stop at a tropical sandbar to splash around and see the home for many bird species while encircling the mangroves on your tour. You will also be welcome to Kayak or use the stand-up paddle board! This will help you navigate the sand-bar and have some fun. If fishing is on your bucket list, we can cast the rod and enjoy some near shore fishing. It's your day and you design the activities that you are interested in. No two trips are alike and we can't wait to help you make wonderful memories!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.00
Price varies by group size
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Booze Cruise Key West Private Charter

Booze Cruise Key West Private Charter

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This is the only private guided booze cruise in Key West. We provide you with dockside access to three different watering holes on three different keys in Key West. First stop is at The Geiger Key Marina Restaurant. This is a Tiki bar and restaurant located approx. 5 miles north of the City of Key West. Access is through a beautiful mangrove inlet. Second stop is located at The Boat House restaurant located on Cow Key Channel and in the city of Key West. See the sites while enjoying a cold beverage. Third and final stop is The Hogfish Bar located in the "Old Florida" fishing village of Stock Island. This is the quintessential locals experience that you don't want to miss. Book it today!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.00
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$248.00
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Sunset Booze Cruise Key West Private Charter

Sunset Booze Cruise Key West Private Charter

This is the only private guided booze cruise in Key West. We provide you with dockside access to three different watering holes on three different keys in Key West. First stop is at The Geiger Key Marina Restaurant. This is a Tiki bar and restaurant located approx. 5 miles north of the City of Key West. Access is gained through a beautiful mangrove inlet. Second stop is located at The Boat House Bar located on Cow Key Channel in the City of Key West. See the sites while enjoying a cold beverage. The third and final stop is The Hogfish Bar & Grill located in the "Old Florida" fishing village of Stock Island. This is the quintessential locals experience that you don't want to miss. Book it today!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.00
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Private Sunset Boat Charter Key West

Private Sunset Boat Charter Key West

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Enjoy a private 2 hour sunset cruise in Key West with your family and friends. Sit back and relax while your Captain points out all the sites along the way. Enjoy the privacy of a private charter while you take in the gorgeous sunsets that Key West celebrates nightly. Feel free to bring food or beverages of your choice, the cooler is full of ice. Looking forward to seeing you on the dock!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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Private Afternoon Charter Boat Tour Key West

Private Afternoon Charter Boat Tour Key West

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Many of our guests have described their trip with us as a highlight of their visit. We are a private custom charter tour that provides you with all the options for a fun-filled day on the water. We are laid back and flexible. We let you decide how you'd like to spend your day. We can customize times so, please give us a call if you have a longer excursion in mind. We are conscientious and keep our vessel and equipment clean and sanitized to give you the ultimate peace of mind.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$248.00
Price varies by group size
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2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise around Key West

2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise around Key West

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This is the only 2 hour sunset cruise in Key West that provides a private guided tour around the island.Sit back and relax while your Captain points out all the sites along the way. Enjoy the privacy of a private charter. Feel free to bring food or beverages of your choice. Price is $375 TOTAL and includes up to 6 people. Looking forward to seeing you on the dock!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

Private Fishing Charter from Ramrod Key

Private Fishing Charter from Ramrod Key

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you'll be able to fish the Atlantic side of the Florida Keys and the Gulf side in the same outing if you so desire.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$450.00
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$450.00
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Backcountry Paradise Charters on Dart

Backcountry Paradise Charters on Dart

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Customize your exclusive 3.5-hour tour of the Key West backcountry on a private chartered boat. With space for up to four guests, you’re able to enjoy a completely exclusive experience. It’s a great option for couples, families, or solo adventurers. Discover local wildlife, visit snorkel patch reefs, and more.  A complimentary Mediterranean platter and soft drinks are provided and you’re welcome to bring any additional food or drinks.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$532.35
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