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Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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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
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Get up close with sharks and other marine wildlife on this boat tour from Key West. Travel on board an eco-friendly, 34-foot catamaran just a few miles off the coast of Key West. See dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about Key West’s waters, and then watch as the pilot drops bait to draw a variety of sharks right to the edge of the boat. Bring a camera to capture the excitement as these super predators swarm. Cold drinks, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark cruise.
  • Shark and wildlife boat tour from Key West
  • View lemon, nurse and other shark species from the safety of your catamaran
  • Spy dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles on your way to the shark viewing location
  • Travel in a catamaran built to minimize environmental impact
  • Learn about the marine life and mangrove islands on your tour from your pilot
  • Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and chips provided
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Professional guide
Use of polarized sunglasses
Soda and juice
Chips
Bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

245 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Check in at the dock, located on Pier B behind the Westin Resort in Key West, and then climb on board the Tiger Cat. This 34-foot (10-meter), custom-built, eco-friendly catamaran is captained by local wildlife experts with more than 30 years of experience on the Florida Keys’ backcountry waters. The boat utilizes a power-pole system rather than an anchor(s) to keep it in place while viewing sharks, thus preventing any possible damage to the seagrass and coral bottom below.

Travel through the shallow waters close to natural mangrove islands and look for a variety of wildlife — like dolphins, turtles, stingrays and birds, to name a few. Then proceed about four miles (six km) offshore to prime shark territory. A scented bait is dropped into the water to attract these super predators right to the edge of the boat, sharks of all kinds: lemon, nurse, bull, blacktip and hammerhead sharks. Make sure to have a camera ready to capture the scene.

Cold beverages, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Key West Extreme Adventures Shark Tours
After check-in, the Tiger Cat will cruise through Key West harbor on the way to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Here guests will see numerous sharks and a variety of wildlife including dolphin.
Stop At:  
Key West
Travel through shallow water close to mangrove islands as you make your way about 4 miles (6.4 km) away from shore to the shark viewing site. Along the way, keep your eyes open for dolphin, sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas, tarpon and an array of native birds. Listen to your experienced pilot discuss the delicate ecosystem of this area and its abundance of wildlife. Enjoy complimentary water, soda, juice and chips — as well as the use of polarized sunglasses — during your trip. When you arrive at the shark destination, get ready for an unforgettable experience! Your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort. See numerous lemon and nurse sharks, and watch out for bull, black tip and hammerhead sharks during nearly one hour of shark viewing. Capture dramatic photos you can't wait to share with family and friends.
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • No alcoholic drinks permitted
  • Guests may bring their own lunches and beverages
  • Important Note: must call to confirm departure time or your tour may not be guaranteed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Key West Extreme Adventures

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.

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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 Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
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 Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
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 Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The deck is plenty big for kids to get some energy out." See review
  • "My husband and I are older but would recommend this to any age group and families." See review
  • "I highly recommend the excursion to people of all ages (my boyfriend and I are in our 20s and it was one of the highlights of our trip)!" See review

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Great time!
Karen_B
, May 2021
It is a great family business. We had a great time! You can get perfect pictures and videos as there is so many opportunities to see them. I highly recommend taking this tour!
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Sharks up close
Rich_C
, May 2021
This was a great excursion. One of our best tours we’ve taken while vacationing. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see sharks up close. They make sure everyone on the boat gets a turn at the rail during the shark feeding. The Captain was experienced about sharks and shared stories as well as some Key West history. Good sense of humor. His son, Clay, made everyone feel comfortable at all times. I would highly recommend this tour..
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Great time in Key West
Cheryl_A
, May 2021
This was a great experience! The guide were very knowledgeable and kept us entertained. They made sure everyone got the best views of the sharks feeding. They even tried to make sure we saw dolphins but the dolphins didn't want to be found.
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Amazing experience!!
Elisha_H
, May 2021
Loved this trip!! The guides had a wonderful sense of humor and they were so laid back and informative. The sharks were outstanding to see and they made sure everyone in the group had a chance to see them and take great pics! Worth every penny and would do again in a heartbeat!!
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Special and exciting tour
Angela_M
, May 2021
There were so many active lemon sharks during feeding, but what was really special and unexpected was that the captain stopped to point out a stingray and dolphins. They made sure that everyone got a great view.
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Great fun feeding the sharks
DawnThomas
, May 2021
Really fun morning, great family adventure. Favorite part was feeding the Lemon sharks. Great local stories from guides that highlighted importance of conservation and a respect for sharks and all creatures of the seas. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Five Stars
Cassie
, May 2021
The trip was great. So much fun. Captain was great and very informative. The boat was great, we could move around and see very thing. They were really great to make sure every one was able to see the sharks. The perfect trip. 😎 Don’t forget your shades.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Also, polarized sunglasses are so important on a boat. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Wonderful excursion
Vicki_H
, May 2021
Capt Dave and his first mate were very knowledgeable about the sea life and were absolutely professional and friendly. Would highly recommend this trip!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Great Experience
John_K
, May 2021
We had a great time. The guides for this tour were natural comedians and made you feel very comfortable. They also gave us a lot of knowledge about the surroundings and the Sharks we seen. Over all great $$ spent.
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Ignore The Mask Requirement.
Alan_W
, May 2021
The shark experience was fun and mostly what was advertised. However, despite all the warnings about wearing masks, the crew did not enforce the mask requirement. The son allowed two last minute customers to go without keeping their mask up throughout the entire event. None of us love wearing a mask, but if you are going to require one it should be enforced fairly.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Yes it is Coast Guard mandated that masks be worn, and we knew you weren't happy with having to wear a mask. The couple got around that rule by having a drink in their hand most of the time they were onboard, which is allowed. We are not the mask police. We use common sense.
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