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Shark and wildlife viewing in Key West, Florida.

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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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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Use of polarized sunglasses
Soda and juice
Chips
Bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 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 in Key West, Florida.?
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 in Key West, Florida..
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shark and wildlife viewing in Key West, Florida.?
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 in Key West, Florida..
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shark and wildlife viewing in Key West, Florida.?
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 in Key West, Florida..
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shark and wildlife viewing in Key West, Florida.?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Shark and wildlife viewing in Key West, Florida..

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  • "Parking in this area is hard to find and expensive, so either walk or ride your bike there." See review
  • "The deck is plenty big for kids to get some energy out." See review

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Great Time!
Eric_A
, Jan 2021
We loved it! We have never been that close to sharks before. The captain and his nephew were knowledgeable and funny! We would do this again!
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A great way to start a day in Key West
MartinK_C
, Jan 2021
Was a very relaxed boat ride, informative while dealing with the sharks, and crew was extremely attentive to everyone onboard.
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Would do it again!!!
Paul_E
, Jan 2021
I would recommend this to everyone, we were able to see sharks up close eating. I’m not sure where else you could get that experience. We were also able to see dolphins the Captain took us out to the area where they were seen, we were able to see one playing with his food!!! This was one of our favorite things we did this week on vacation. The Guys running this are so knowledgeable of the ocean wildlife.
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Highly recommend
EDWIN_H
, Jan 2021
knowledgable, very informative, down to earth people, great experience. We would recommend to anyone. It was just me and my wjde but we would like to take the children. This review wants 100 words so seriously it was good enough for me to take that time. A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Great small adventure for our trip
Denise_H
, Dec 2020
Captain ken and his son were very friendly and knowledgeable about the marine life we saw.. seeing the sharks feed was pretty amazing
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Super fun!!!
melissa_A
, Dec 2020
Great day on the ocean and a fun experience!!! I would highly recommend this trip. My husband and I are older but would recommend this to any age group and families. Staff was very knowledgeable and informative.
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Chomp chomp chomp
Ashley_M
, Dec 2020
This tour was a last minute time filler! And my gosh it was so much fun!!! Absolutely loved the Captain and Son crew! They were incredible! Such wonderful sense of humor, extremely knowledgeable about sea animals and identified sharks, fish and dolphins!! This is well worth it! Captain went over the time as he went out of his way to make sure we saw dolphins! Such a great father and son dynamic, extremely friendly and welcoming! I would absolutely book another tour!
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Highly recommended way to see sharks
Derek_F
, Dec 2020
Enjoyed the experience. Small crowd of only 10 when we went, giving us plenty of space on the boat. Captains were super friendly and knowledgeable. We started off by feeding some sharks a few miles off shore. Saw a dolphin on the way back. They were even willing to arrive back a few minutes late to ensure we saw at least one dolphin (but checked with everyone to make sure that was okay before doing so).
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Amazing!
Corey_D
, Dec 2020
Dave and Clay were awesome tour guides! They taught us a lot about the waters off of key west! It was so cool to be so close to a shark feeding frenzy! I highly recommend this tour! Thanks again Dave and Clay!
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Fantastic
Christania
, Dec 2020
Amazing adventure seeing sharks in their natural environment. We learned a lot from the Captain. Would recommend! Thank you!
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Product code: 6426SHARKECO

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