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Key West Wild Dolphin Sail and Shallow-Water Snorkel

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Key West, United States
Key West Wild Dolphin Sail and Shallow-Water Snorkel
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Take a half-day sailing adventure off the coast of Key West, Florida and observe wildlife. Sail away from the island city of Key West to the beautiful blue waters off the coast on a large catamaran. See dolphins swimming and jumping alongside the boat, then jump in for an easy shallow-water snorkel above a coral reef, shipwreck, or sponge garden, all supporting over 600 species of marine life. Relax, feel the warm sea breeze and enjoy light snacks and a variety of refreshing beverages on board the boat.
  • Snorkeling and dolphin-watching cruise in Key West
  • Spend the day sailing on a spacious catamaran
  • Snorkel above a shipwreck and a coral reef
  • Enjoy light snacks and drinks, including complimentary beer and wine
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Wild dolphin, sailing and snorkeling tour on the Echo
Soft refreshments and a variety of snacks and fresh tropical fruit tray
Drinks including premium beers and wines
Snorkel equipment and snorkeling instruction
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Key West Bight Marina , 201 William St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Drop off at 201 William St. - located Dock D-30. At the Water, go up the steps, proceed to the Waterfront Brewery, Boat House at Turtle Kraals area. See Catamaran Echo dock sign across the water. Check-in at the boat 15 minutes before departure. Email info@dolphinecho.com for complete information.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the marina and climb aboard the spacious catamaran Echo, a quick and comfortable sailing vessel, on the water at the historic seaport at Key West Bight. Then embark on a journey into the crystal blue waters off the coast for this exciting adventure.

The first stop is a wild dolphin playground. Watch wild dolphins swimming, feeding, jumping out of the water and following alongside the boat in their natural habitat. Next, try a snorkeling session above a coral reef, shipwreck, or sponge garden. See more than 600 species of colorful fish, coral, and other sea life in these shallow waters. All gear is included and is sanitized for your use.

Not interested in getting wet? Simply relax on the boat and enjoy the sun and scenery from a comfortable seat in the shade with a cool drink. On the journey back to Key West, enjoy a tropical fruit tray with light snacks and beverages, including beer and wine for those guests who are 21 and over.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guests should bring a towel, sunscreen (no oil), hat, camera, sunglasses, dry bag for personal belongings, and a jacket in fall, winter, spring.
  • Exclusive seating now limited to a maximum of 14 passengers on this 28 person sailing catamaran, for comfortable social distancing
  • Cancellations due to weather: You will be issued a full refund in the event that the Captain decides to cancel your tour or activity due to weather.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Passenger waivers must be completed online in advance to board. If a waiver is NOT completed for any passenger, boarding is NOT permitted and no refund is available. A LINK for online Waivers, 1 for each person, is emailed along with your reservation confirmation email.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Echo Inc. (Catamaran Echo)
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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 sanitization during Key West Wild Dolphin Sail and Shallow-Water Snorkel?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Key West Wild Dolphin Sail and Shallow-Water Snorkel.

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star-5
Afternoon Bliss
Noel_M
, Jul 2022
Loved the shallow snorkel The Dolphins were hunting g for food And we’re fun to watch We also saw a large Sea Turtle on our way to the shallows
star-5
An experience that will now become a hobby!
Serina_N
, Jul 2022
The experience was very rewarding g by having the encouragement to feel comfortable in the water with the coaching of the crew I enjoyed the snorkeling. Justin was not afraid to jump in the water and help me and captain Lindsay was so sweet to come back to the dock after I was tardy to my tour.
star-3
Shortened tour
Cindy_K
, Jul 2022
The tour ended 50 minutes prior to the scheduled end time. Snorkeling area was not the best. Didn’t get to see much.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best adventure we had while in key west
Amie_J
, Jul 2022
This was by far the best experience with snorkeling and dolphin watching. We had the best time. I would definitely recommend this trip.
star-5
Amazing day viewing dolphins and snorkeling a reef
Amy_D
, May 2022
We had a great time ! So many dolphins 🐬. Captain and first mate so nice . Not too crowded . Snorkeling was easy and we even saw spotted rays !
star-2
The views were pretty,...
Micheala_M
, May 2022
The views were pretty, few dolphins and the water is not where you can touch so it is not as shallow as the online description sounds. I would not recommend this for anyone who is afraid of being in deep water. The hosts were very nice and accommodating, the water was just deeper than expected for a new swimmer and life jackets aren’t given, but are available on request but discouraged.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great afternoon on the water!
Jon_V
, Apr 2022
Great trip loved that the boat was "Smaller" and only held 20 people. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely sail with them again.
star-5
Ballards in Paradise!! 🌴
Stefani_B
, Apr 2022
Ren was an amazing host and Joe was the best captain!! They searched long and hard for dolphins but just couldn’t find them! Best snorkel ever!!
star-5
All’s good in the hood !😎
Richard_E
, Mar 2022
Very nice relaxed trip Not to crowed Great Crew Would do it again, and recommend to friends visiting key west !
star-5
Captain and first mate...
April_G
, Mar 2022
Captain and first mate are amazing. Highly recommend! Saw so many dolphins. Snorkeling was a blast. Knowledgeable about area.
star-2
Poor customer service
Priyanka_S
, Feb 2022
The customer service was poor. The crew seemed disinterested in helping out with anything on the trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Sadly it was raining the...
Dianne_M
, Feb 2022
Sadly it was raining the day we went. Spotted a group of Dolphins. Snorkeling time was maybe 30 min. Then the ride back to docks was miserably cold even with the little rain ponchos they give you. Did have adult beverages and snacks and fruit to munch on.
star-1
Awful experience!!!
Britt_C
, Dec 2021
Captain wasn’t interested in helping. He talked to the deck hand the entire time. Saw 2 dolphin and essentially rode around in the ocean going 8 MPH for nearly 3 hours. My 4 boys were super disappointed!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Britt C. We’re very disappointed that your boys were not happy. We wish that you would have talked to the Captain or management about your concerns so we could address them on the spot. So it’s a bit mysterious to us why seeing any wild dolphins while cruising the beautiful waters around Key West was not in itself a pleasant experience, along with a stop at a shallow water snorkel spot. But realistically, the environment is different on the water every day and some days more subtle than others. While we always hope for lots of action, we are happy with whatever Mother Nature gives us every day on the water. We just love being on our tropical waters, and we love sharing that with our guests everyday. We’re sorry we missed the mark with your boys. We wish you would have just let us know of your disappoint when onboard, so we could have better understood and address any perceived issues with your experience. Thank you.
star-5
Fun few hours on the water!
Irene_P
, Nov 2021
Madison and Captain Morgan were both wonderful. Beautiful sail day! Met some lovely people. Snorkeling was a little chilly but would go again!
star-5
Fun relaxing day!
Cathy_F
, Nov 2021
Nikki was a great captain and her first mate was super helpful. It was like spending the day with new friends. We can’t wait to come back.
star-5
One of the highlights of our trip
Nicole_K
, Sep 2021
Instructors were friendly and knew what they were doing. Had plenty of refreshments on board and got plenty of time to snorkel and see the ocean views!
star-5
Great day out
Marla_R
, Sep 2021
We had a great experience with the dolphin sail and snorkeling. Got to see lots of dolphins (our lucky day). My family enjoyed the snorkeling as well (their first time). Shout out to Joe and Marisa (crew) - very knowledgeable and informative. Thank you guys for a wonderful time out on the water.
star-5
First time and I loved it!
Christine_B
, Aug 2021
The tour guides were extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see dolphins, different Fish, lobster, sting rays and more. This is an experience I would definitely do again!
star-5
Amazing!
Corinne_M
, Aug 2021
Best Tour Ever! My Fiance and I had such an amazing time! Crew was helpful and accommodating! If you are coming from Miami leave 5 hours early! We almost didn’t make our trip but thankfully the crew waited for us! Bucket list check!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Ok
Theresa
, Jun 2021
It was ok. Crew was friendly and helpful. Was a bit disappointed that we motored around for 3/4 of the 4-hr cruise, small time looking for dolphins (saw very few), and bypassed any of the islands. Pics in advertisement show (and mention) ‘sailing’, but there was none. Teen liked the snorkeling, but bored with the rest.

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