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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Tours and Activities

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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.

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Key Largo Snorkeling Tour - rental mask, fins and vest INCLUDED
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Key Largo Snorkeling Tour - rental mask, fins and vest INCLUDED

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This shallow-water snorkeling tour in Key Largo specializes in creating great snorkeling experiences for first-time snorkelers, kids, and families. Get a fun and comfortable introduction to snorkeling on this tour in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, known for its beautiful reefs and marine life. High-quality snorkel gear is included, so you don’t need to sweat the details.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$58.00
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Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys
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Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys

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Explore the marine wildlife rich waters of the Florida Keys. This snorkeling trip takes you out onto the water in a large, comfortable catamaran. You'll journey to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to explore reefs that are part of the third largest living reef system in the world and the only living coral reef in the United States.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$65.00
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Sunset Cruise on the Florida Bay

Sunset Cruise on the Florida Bay

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Beat the Florida heat and see the Florida Bay at its most magical: at sunset. This small-group cruise from Key Largo takes you out onto the bay in search of marine wildlife such as dolphins and manatees. You'll learn about the Florida Keys' ecosystem from your captain then enjoy a front-row seat to a beautiful sunset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$60.00
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Florida Keys Eco Tour by Boat

Florida Keys Eco Tour by Boat

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Swap the crowds of the big boat tours that are typical of the Florida Keys for a more personal experience. This small-group cruise from Key Largo takes you out onto the Florida Bay. As you cruise around the local waters looking for wildlife such as dolphins and manatees, the crew will provide insights into the unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$60.00
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2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise around Key West
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2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise around Key West

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Key West is famed for its sunsets but the scene in town tends to be crowded. Sidestep the big crowds by getting out onto the water on a private tour. In the company of just your party and the captain, relax as you cruise around the island and the captain points out all the important landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
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$200.00
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission Ticket

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission Ticket

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Relive the life of one of history’s most famous treasure hunters along with a wealth of exhibits on shipwreck archaeology with this admission to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. This Key West institution showcases a variety of treasures, both cultural and monetary, recovered from the treasure and slave ships that once plied the waters near the Florida coast. Check out the thought-provoking Slave Ship and Key West African Cemetery exhibits, then gaze in wonder at the magnificent gold, silver and jewels of the Spanish Treasure Galleons galleries.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$17.50
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

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Escape to the secluded islands and tropical beaches off the coast of Key West on this guided, full-day adventure to historic Dry Tortugas National Park. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will love this unique voyage, where getting there is half the fun on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling (equipment provided) in the crystal blue waters and take in the military fort, national park, campground, sandy beaches and coral reefs that make this area special. Breakfast and lunch included.
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  • 10 hours
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Skip the Line: Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission Ticket and Audio Tour

Skip the Line: Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission Ticket and Audio Tour

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Naval history buffs and aspiring pirates alike are guaranteed to have a whale of a time at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Your admission also includes an audio guide, which offers in depth commentary on the museum’s many artifacts. Highlights include the Spanish Treasure Galleons galleries, Slave Ship and Key West African Cemetery exhibits, and relics from the Henrietta Marie. You can even tour the museum's laboratory and see conservation firsthand.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Private Looe Key Snorkel from Big Pine Key

Private Looe Key Snorkel from Big Pine Key

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Discover the Great Florida Reef while visiting the Florida Keys on this private snorkel excursion. Board a private boat and depart from Big Pine Key towards Looe Key, where you can jump in the water and explore the extensive coral reef system. Snorkel alongside your captain and learn about the various species you encounter such as barracuda, parrotfish, and rays.
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  • 3 hours
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Half Day Scuba Diving Trip in the Florida Keys
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Half Day Scuba Diving Trip in the Florida Keys

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Come join us SCUBA diving some of the most beautiful reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Pennekamp State Park. We have many different reefs to explore: Molasses, Elbow, French Reef and the famous Christ of the Abyss on Dry Rocks. These protected areas offer an opportunity to see turtles, spotted eagle rays, moray eels and a variety of different fish. These special reefs are part of the 3rd largest living reef system in the world and the ONLY living coral reef in the US. We stop at two different sites on the reef. The sites are chosen by the captain based on the day's sea conditions. We cannot guarantee any specific sites. IMPORTANT: You MUST be SCUBA certified with recent dive experience for this activity. If you have not been diving in more than one year, you may be required to hire a guide at an additional charge. If you have not been diving in over two years, you will be required to take a refresher course. Single divers may be required to hire a guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Fishing Charter from Ramrod Key
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Private Fishing Charter from Ramrod Key

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Escape the Florida Keys crowds by heading into the backcountry on this private fishing tour. In the company of just your party and the crew, you'll enjoy your guide's undivided attention as you fish for a variety of species such as tarpon, bonefish, permit, barracuda, snapper and sea trout in the shallows and flats. Most likely, you'll be fishing depths of two to eight feet.
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  • 4 hours
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Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Adventure in Key West

Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Adventure in Key West

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Spotting dolphins frolicking in the sea is a highlight of a trip to Key West but you need to know where to find them. This guided tour is led by locals who known the Key West waters like their own backyard. They'll take you to the best places to see dolphins then to the backcountry waters where you can enjoy some snorkeling fun.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Small-Group 2-Tank Scuba Dive in Key Largo

Half-Day Small-Group 2-Tank Scuba Dive in Key Largo

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Whether you are 30 feet or a 100 feet underwater, Amoray Diving experience is one of a kind! The ocean is brisk, the slight current is stirring the sand, the colorful fish are swarming, the bright red lobsters are playfully harassing the neon eels — everything seems surreal, especially the fact that you’re breathing underwater. If you can love big, be open and trust in the power of good, the world truly is an oyster that is waiting to be explored. For most people, this is as close to being an astronaut as you’ll ever get. It’s leaving planet Earth behind and entering an alien world.
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  • 4 hours
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Florida Keys Eco, Paddle, and Snorkel Tour
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Florida Keys Eco, Paddle, and Snorkel Tour

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See Florida Keys wildlife and coastal ecosystems on a day trip from Fort Lauderdale or Miami that’s led by a marine biologist or naturalist guide. Paddle a kayak or stand-up paddleboard through the mangrove forests and seagrass flats, eat lunch on the water, then snorkel two reef locations in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Watch for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and much more, with an expert guide to help identify wildlife and explain the fascinating ecology of the Florida coast.
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  • 11 hours
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$329.00
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Private Afternoon Charter Boat Tour in Key West

Private Afternoon Charter Boat Tour in Key West

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Escape the crowds and swap the big Key West boat tours for a more personal experience. This private, customized charter tour is exclusively for your group. Explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, snorkel at the reef, see marine life including turtles and tropical fish, and stop at a tropical sandbar.
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  • 3 hours
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$264.54
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3-Hour Private Snorkeling Experience in Looe Key
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3-Hour Private Snorkeling Experience in Looe Key

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Enjoy exploring Looe Key Reef on your own private boat. Customers have the ability to customize tour activities. We will visit multiple locations on the reef, and in Newfound Harbor Preservation Area. The captain will provide you with instruction and education pertaining to marine life and the local ecosystem.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Afternoon Booze Cruise in Key West

Private Afternoon Booze Cruise in Key West

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Drinking and drifting on the ocean is the quintessential Key West experience, but most booze cruises cram their passengers in. Enjoy a far more relaxed and personalized experience on this private tour. You'll have dockside access to three different watering holes in three different parts of Key West, so you can see the sites while enjoying a cold beverage.
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  • 3 hours
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$248.00
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Private Sunset Booze Cruise in Key West

Private Sunset Booze Cruise in Key West

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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 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
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$258.34
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Key West Sandbar Charter on Luxury Deck Boat
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Key West Sandbar Charter on Luxury Deck Boat

The Barefoot I is 26' Bennington tritoon featuring full upholstery for the ultimate comfort on the water. The open deck allows 360° panoramic views of the amazing wildlife and seascapes of the Florida Keys with lots of shade provided under the bimini. The deck has cushioned bench seating and a large cooler for your food and drink. The stern features chaise lounge seating for the ultimate view and a small dive ladder for easy access to the water. Barefoot One is fully equipped for fun and easy days in the Florida sun!
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  • 4 hours
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$700.00
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Should I book Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary costs USD 17.50. Guided Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary tours start around USD 17.50 per person.
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