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

186 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • E-Ticket
  • 5 hr

Set sail aboard our classically-styled schooner as she departs Key West's Historic Seaport for a full day of sailing and exploration through the  pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Observe complex ecosystems and flourishing marine life as you snorkel the backcountry's own unique patch reef and kayak through centuries-old, uninhabited mangrove islands.  Enjoy our ample and diverse buffet lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the duration of your trip.  Adults are welcome to indulge in bottomless beer and wine on our leisurely sail back towards the harbor.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Sebago Key West

This intimate nature tour is limited to only 16 passengers, providing you with ample seating and room to spread out for your relaxing day on the tropical water. Departing from Key West's Historic Seaport at 10:00 a.m., the Appledore Star's sails are unfurled for an authentic sailing experience on the way to Key West's National Wildlife Refuge. If you always wanted to sail a tall mast wooden ship, this is your chance to help raise the sails and take a turn at the wheel. We encourage passenger participation!

From there, you will glide through crystalline Gulf waters toward the first of several destinations on your eco excursion.  Keep your eyes at sea in search of dolphins and sea turtles at play while the crew serves up a continental breakfast.  From our very own Sebago kitchen will be a variety of different quiches, fresh seasonal fruits, and pastries to indulge in.  Upon reaching the mangrove islands, the schooner anchors up and our exploration begins.

Your day is divided between guided kayaking tours and guided snorkeling tours. For kayaking, your crew will help you into your stable sea kayak, providing instructions as well as a narrated tour as you paddle through calm waters laced with mangroves and rich in wildlife. For the snorkeling portion of your tour, our experienced crew members provide professional instructions on our equipment and its use, along with information on the patch reef nursery systems and sponge gardens found within the protected marine sanctuary.  Between destinations, a plentiful buffet lunch is served.  Deli meats and cheeses, sliced ciabatta, sandwich accouterments, fried chicken, and Key West's famous pink peel and eat shrimp are just a few of the selections we serve daily. 

After your tours, come back aboard and wash off with our fresh water rinse. Find a comfortable spot to relax on deck. Choose from plenty of complimentary cold drinks - frosty cold beer, wine, Sebago’s homemade sangria, chilled sodas and filtered water. This is the best of laid-back island living!
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