You’ll Feel Great when you book your family a Dolphin Watch and Snorkel trip with Honest Eco!
• Top Rated Eco Tour in Key West
• The First Dolphin Watch - Since 1986!
• The First Lithium Ion Plug-in Hybrid Boat
• Biologist (and Family) owned and operated
We designed and built SQUID from scratch to ensure our guests, and the animals, have the best wildlife experience possible.
Resident Wild Dolphins
The shallow, warm waters surrounding the lower Florida Keys provide an excellent year round habitat for around 200 Dolphins.
Our Coastal Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins have never been fed or trained, which allows us to observe the natural behaviors of wild dolphins.
“The best way to see a fish, is to become a fish.” -Jacques Cousteau
We built SQUID to access protected, calm and clear snorkeling spots so that our crew can point out the most wildlife as they guide you on your snorkel.
• Quality Cressi Snorkel Gear that works
• Patient Instruction and Assistance, especially great for Novice and Beginner Snorkelers
One of the oldest Wildlife Refuges in the country, KWNWR was established by Teddy Roosevelt in 1908, to protect a crucial habitat and breeding ground for birds, turtles and other wildlife. The refuge’s size is 300 square miles and only 1% of that is comprised of the mangrove islands, yet their canopies provide shelter for 250 species of birds, their trunks house the mangrove crabs and their roots exhibit a microcosm of life as juvenile species, both prey and predator, begin their lives here.
We are grateful for many things at Honest Eco, but nothing compares to our gratitude for the people who work to deliver on our promises and work towards our Company Vision - day in and day out!
Crew training starts on land with research and mission alignment before moving onto the water where we hone our seamanship skills and work to become as effective as possible at delivering on Honest Eco’s Purpose.
Our crew are expected to be continuously learning and pushing Honest Eco to be as environmentally responsible as possible.
While Watching Dolphins, the loudest noise Honest Eco’s electric boat makes comes from her water cooling pumps (and we can turn those off).
Introducing SQUID! One of the first Lithium Ion Battery, Electric Passenger boats in the USA.
We worked with David Walworth, an MIT educated Naval Architect and Principal Engineer known for his high efficiency catamaran designs to help design and engineer the perfect boat for our trips. We then packed up the family, moved west and spent the next year and a half of our lives building SQUID, from scratch!
With a great location at the Historic Seaport in Old Town Key West, our guests can arrive at SQUID‘s departure location by walking, biking, driving or taxi.
We recommend renting a bike while visiting as parking in old town can be tough, but if you are getting around by car, there is a convenient and close-by pay parking lot on Caroline Street (across the road from Pepe’s).
Historic Seaport, Key West Bight
SQUID‘s slip is located on the seawall in front of the public restrooms, in between the Waterfront Brewery and Turtle Kraals restaurant.
The address for the Historic Seaport is 231 Margaret.
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!!! 😊
Captain Rob brought us to an amazing spot filled with a total of 15 dolphins. He shared his knowledge of dolphins with us, answering and questions we had. We then had the opportunity to snorkel at the sponge gardens. He came in the water with us and pointed out numerous creatures. Crabs, lobster, sting rays, tons of different species of fish and of course giant sponges bigger than truck tires.
The Honest eco crew is composed of genuine and passionate people who love nature and what they are doing! Very nice boat, great snorkeling and incredibly beautiful sunset while eating fresh and delicious fruit:)
We will definitely go back:)