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Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Explore the patch reefs, mangrove islands, and waterways of Key West on a 6-hour cruise and snorkeling tour aboard a wooden sailing schooner. Take a hand at the wheel on your way across the Gulf of Mexico, kayak through the mangroves, then snorkel through patch reefs and sponge gardens. This 6-hour tour includes breakfast, lunch, and access to an open bar on the return sail to Key West.
  • Kayak through mangrove islands
  • Snorkel at a patch reef
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Breakfast, buffet lunch, and drinks included
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Professional guide
All equipment
Full buffet lunch and afternoon snacks
Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

205 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to Key West’s Historic Seaport for a 10am departure on the Appledore Star, a 72-foot (22-meter), two-masted wooden schooner. Join the crew to unfurl the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax on deck as you sail across the Gulf water. Watch for dolphins and sea turtles during the morning sail, as the crew serves a continental breakfast of different quiches, fresh fruits, and pastries.

When the Appledore Star reaches Key West’s mangrove islands, the captain will drop the anchor for the first stop of the day. Step into a stable, easy-to-paddle sea kayak, and follow a guide through the calm water, exploring the mangrove ecosystem and wildlife. Following the sea kayaking tour, return to the boat for a buffet lunch of deli meat, cheeses, fresh bread, fried chicken, and Key West’s “pink peel” shrimp.

Spend the afternoon at a nearby patch reef, where you can snorkel above the reef’s nursery systems and sponge gardens. Climb back on deck after your snorkel, wash off the salt using Appledore Star’s fresh water rinse, and grab a beer, wine, sangria, or soda from the open bar for the return trip to Key West.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available. Must notify operator 72 hours prior ro departure.
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to expedite the check-in process, please provide lead traveler's e-mail address in the 'special requirement' section during check-out.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sebago Watersports

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak.
Q:
Is there a restroom onboard for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour?
A:
Yes, each of our ships is equipped with a restroom to maximize your comfort. In addition, each of the catamarans has a freshwater rinse.
Feb 2021
Q:
What do I need to bring with me for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour?
A:
Bring along your towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, and camera. If you want to drink alcoholic beverages on your tour, remember your photo I.D. to show you are at least 21 years old.
Feb 2021
Q:
Should I wear my swimsuit or change on the boat for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour?
A:
It is easier to wear your suit to the tour. There aren’t any changing facilities at our office. However, if you do need to change after boarding, there is a very small changing area in the restroom on board.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is there parking at the terminal for the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
There is no parking at our office but you may unload passengers in front of our office. The most convenient city parking lot is at Margaret and Caroline Street with pay machines in the center of the lot.
Mar 2021
Q:
Will I see wildlife during the Key West Schooner Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak?
A:
The Florida Keys and the living reef are full of wildlife and it is common to see birds, fish, and marine animals, however, that can’t be guaranteed.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there a place to store my belongings while on the Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres?
A:
We do not have lockers or storage facilities in our office. Parties are welcome to bring a beach bag or backpack with personal belongings on our boats. However, if you have luggage or suitcases these would be best stored at your hotel or vehicle.
Mar 2021

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A perfect day trip
Justin_H
, May 2021
Fantastic! Crew was knowledgeable and experienced and really fun to share a few hours. Kayaking and snorkeling were great and lunch was superb!
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Awesome
Jim_P
, Apr 2021
The crew was awesome! I would recommend this excursion to everyone. Russ, Issac, and Maddie were professional, made us feel safe, and so much fun!
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The Crew Outstanding,...
Alan_S
, Apr 2021
The Crew Outstanding, seeing the Sponges Great but seeing a baby shark kayaking once in a lifetime experience!
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Ok
MaryAnne_M
, Apr 2021
Wonderful crew who were very attentive and great service. Terrible food. Would not recommend or go again.
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Day of Adventure
Erica
, Mar 2021
This was an amazing experience. The staff is friendly and accomdating in every way! The drinks continually flowed and the lunch was delicious. If you enjoy a full day of activities, this is an adventure for you.
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Paradise found!
Stacy_T
, Mar 2021
Loved every minute! Beautiful weather and scenery. The crew was fabulous. We have a special needs child and they were so kind and patient. Thank you Maddie, Isaac and Captain Russ! We enjoyed the slow pace and laid back vibe. Great lunch. Would definitely do it again!
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Great fun!!
Amy_G
, Mar 2021
The crew was great and very accommodating and very informative. Highly recommend for anyone! Great for couples or families.
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Awesome
Tre
, Feb 2021
Our captain Russ and the crew were awesome.!!!! We had a wonderful time. Very informative and helpful and so laid back. Had a terrific day!!!!!
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Great day on an awesome ship!
chrisgoebbert
, Jan 2021
Great day with an attentive crew. Very cool schooner too! Food was great, would definitely do it again.
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Excellent, highly recommend this trip and crew.
Jan_D
, Dec 2020
This was one of the best decisions we made during our trip to key west. Captain Russ, Wade and Maddie were amazing. We ran into some rain, but they made sure we were safe and still had an incredible experience. Our only regret is that we did not bring more cash for a bigger tip, they were worth it!
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