The first Dolphin Watch and Snorkel trip of Key West is now aboard SQUID the first Electric Boat in Key West! SQUID was designed specifically for giving our guests the best wildlife experience possible, based on our thirty plus years of experience, while having the least possible impact on the environment and our local pod of dolphins. SQUID offers plenty of shade, space for taking in the sun, and is high up off the water for the best views of your surroundings.
For our trip, we take four hours, so that you can fully experience our resident wild dolphins as they play, sleep, hunt and mate, all in our tranquil, turquoise waters and still be left with plenty of time for a snorkel at one of our protected snorkel spots.
Join us, and you’ll walk away with a Key West Eco Tour experience to remember for a lifetime.
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We offer the Wild Dolphin Guarantee - If you don’t see dolphins, your next trip is free.
The waters surrounding the lower Florida Keys provide a year round home for about 200 wild Bottlenose Dolphins. And while our local dolphins have never been fed or trained, with the right know-how they can usually be found in under an hour and in calm waters. Once we find the dolphins, our reason for only running 4 hour minimum trips becomes clear, as it leaves us with enough time for what we consider an honest wildlife experience, and because we have plenty of time, not only do we not feel rushed, we often get to observe the display of multiple dolphin behaviors.
“The best way to see a fish, is to become a fish.” -Jacques Cousteau
Slip off of our swim platform and into another world, where you’ll observe a wondrous diversity of life in the last habitat that we haven’t made our own. You’ll be captivated by the snappers, angelfish, eels, crabs, lobsters, sponges and corals amongst others, and your understanding of our world will deepen. Your mate will accompany you, casting an experienced eye on the surroundings, there to help explain and unmask this novel ocean setting.
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.
Introducing SQUID! Key West’s first Electric Powered charter boat and one of the first near coastal hybrid catamarans to make it through the challenging United States Coast Guard certification process.
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.