The Best Key West and Florida Keys Snorkeling Tours

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated February 8, 2023

Renowned for its calm seas and stunning coral reefs, diving and snorkeling are two of the most popular activities on Key West, with the chance to spot dolphins an alluring bonus.

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Part of the Florida Keys archipelago, the island city is a magnet for visitors keen to explore the area’s idyllic waters.  There are a huge number of options for snorkeling adventures in Florida and Key West, ranging from independent trips to fully organised tours. If you’re planning to visit this magical stretch of the US southeast and are keen to enjoy some under water action during your stay, we’ve picked out 5 of the best snorkeling trips available.

Key West Day Trip & Snorkeling 

Beginning with a pick-up from your Miami hotel, you’ll be transported by bus along the scenic coastal Overseas Highway, before embarking on your snorkeling adventure. On arrival in Key West, you’ll board a sailing boat and head out to sea to admire the magnificent reef. While on the boat you’ll be furnished with high standard snorkeling gear before plunging into the pristine waters. Afterwards, you’ll get to enjoy a few hours to explore Key West before your return journey. From $143 per person.

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Rum and Reggae Afternoon Snorkel and Sunset

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On board a high-tech, speedy catamaran you’ll be propelled across the Florida waters to enjoy a memorable Caribbean-themed snorkeling adventure. During the trip, you’ll get to soak up the tropical coral reefs and beautiful sunset, hear the rhythmic sounds of reggae music, and delve under the water for a snorkeling odyssey. After you’ve re-emerged from the sea, you’ll be treated to some complimentary rum punch, a signature tropical beverage, beer, wine and champagne before being whisked off to savour the region’s famous sunset to close out your trip. From $64 per person.

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Florida Keys Eco, Paddle, and Snorkel Tour

A tour for the adventurous of mind and spirit, this all-inclusive trip invites guests to take in wildlife and coastal ecosystems, accompanied by an experienced marine biologist or naturalist guide. During the tour, you’ll get to enjoy numerous action-packed activities including kayaking, paddleboarding and exploring mangrove forests and sea grass flats. You’ll also get to tuck into a lunch on the water (inclusive), snorkel in two reef locations and observe dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and plenty more. As a memento, you can home photos from your experience, too. From $332 per person.

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All Inclusive Watersports Adventure Tour

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This fun-filled watersports tour offers you the unique opportunity to snorkel at North America’s only living coral reef. During the trip you’ll sail out to sea on a speed-fuelled catamaran, snorkel for a full hour, go parasailing, propel yourself across the water on a jet ski, sunbath on the expansive deck, play around on yacht inflatables, enjoy some marine life spotting, and tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast and lunch with wine and champagne included. From $214 per person.

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Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

Combine dolphin watching with snorkeling during this Key West aquatic adventure. Sitting in the comfort of a speedy catamaran, you’ll traverse the waters while looking out for bottlenose dolphins emerging from the deep blue sea. Later you’ll move on to Key West wildlife refuge for more wildlife spotting and snorkeling in the area’s shallow backcountry waters. Back on the dock, you can savour a complimentary beer or glass of wine before your return journey. There’s also the option to extend the trip into the afternoon. From $75 per person.

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