“People Protect What They Love.” Jacques Costeau said it, and it inspires us at Honest Eco as we work to help people discover and fall in love with the environment we are all part of.
My dad and I went on the morning dolphin watch and snorkel eco tour with Billy and Kelsey and we loved it so much that we literally booked another tour for that same afternoon while still on the boat. It was really important for us to choose a tour by a company that was environmentally conscious and respectful of the wildlife and Honest was exactly that. The boat, besides being beautiful and spacious enough for everyone to see the wildlife in the water, is electric. Also, there’s no single use plastics on the boat so we all got a reusable stainless steel water bottle that we could refill throughout the tour.
Billy and Kelsey were absolutely amazing and made us feel like we were part of the family. Before we searched for dolphins, Kelsey explained the plan for the day and then she told us all about the geologic history of the Keys which was really interesting. Then it was time to see the dolphins. We saw a bunch of them that kept swimming right by the boat while Billy told us fun facts about dolphin behavior.
The snorkelling was the best part of trip. The crew jumped in the water with us and helped us identify all the marine wildlife we were seeing. We spotted many tarpons bigger than us, barracudas, huge stingrays and a nurse shark swam right underneath us. By the end of the trip Kelsey shared all the pictures she took on her waterproof camera which I’m super thankful for since my own camera ran out of battery.
This was honestly the best experience of my life and it was amazing to do it with a crew that loves the ocean and shares the same ideals as we do. It was 100% the highlight of our trip and it’s an experience we will never ever forget!!! 😊
First off, Billy and Stephanie were amazing. They immediately made us feel at home and started sharing their extensive knowledge of their home and the surrounding ecosystem. On our way out to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge on the E.O. Wilson, they talked about everything that we were passing including the various species of sea birds, how the gigantic cruise ships navigated through the area, the history on how the refuge came into existence, and even why E.O. Wilson was a very fitting name for the vessel we were on. On the outskirts of the refuge we snorkeled through a gorgeous sponge garden full of beautiful fish, rays, and crystal clear water. On our next portion of the adventure they led us on a kayak trip through the mangroves that would make anyone contemplate going back to school to become a biologist. Billy shared his extensive knowledge about the mangroves and how they moved, their importance, and all of the various animals that called them home. We were able to see horseshoe crab, various heron and osprey, turtles, and even a small species of shark. Billy and Stephanie made sure that everyone was comfortable throughout the entire trip and my wife and I couldn’t have asked for a better tour!