By Lauren Tjaden
The Conch Republic is famed for its quirky, spirited personality, for oddities such as chickens roaming the streets and six-toed cats, and for its sunset celebrations and abundant nightlife. But the island offers even more, including these three unique adventures.
Sink Your Teeth into Adventure
“Shark Whisperers” Captain Ken Harris and Captain Dave Harris will take you on an eco tour of the backcountry waters of Key West for 2½ to three hours of shark and wildlife viewing. You’ll see sharks, circling and snapping at fish, so close to your catamaran you can hear the sound of their jaws. A scent is deployed to attract these apex predators right next to the boat. You’ll also see a variety of wildlife, including turtles, stingrays, birds and dolphins.
Key West Eco Tours, 245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040, 305-508-1951
Delight to dolphins
Escape to the “Dolphin Playground” on the Catamaran Echo to experience their “Wild Dolphin Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure.” You’ll watch wild dolphins in their natural habitat – swimming, hunting and feeding together, even courting and teaching their babies. The four-hour escapade includes snorkeling shallow shipwrecks and reefs in the tropical waters around Key West.
Catamaran Echo, end of Margaret Street and the Historic Seaport and Harbor Walk, Key West, FL 33040, 305-292-5044
Waves of fun
Join Key West Water Tours for their “Ultimate Island Tour,” a 26-mile, two-hour guided tour around Key West and its neighboring islands. You’ll bounce across the surf, screaming and laughing on a Waverunner, and you’ll explore a mangrove creek, trying to spot wildlife such as jellyfish, stingrays and birds. Stops include Southernmost Point, the historic Key West Harbor, and the submarine pits.
Key West Water Tours, Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 US Highway 1, Key West, FL 33040, 305-294-6790