Learn about our Key West ecosystem as you Kayak through Mangrove Islands and Snorkel. Our 4.5 hour trip departs from Old Town Key West and explores the distinct habitats of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.
Learn about our diverse animals and plants when you kayak a mangrove island and snorkel with sponges and corals. Your guide will lead you through mangrove tunnels and around a calm snorkeling spot. She will point out animals that make our ecosystem unique and answer any questions that you have.
Keep reading for more information or Book Now to reserve your spot on what reviewers are calling the “Best Part of Our Trip!” Our Honest Eco tours combine knowledgeable, passionate, and friendly captains with small groups aboard a custom built boat. And, we take our time- our Genuine Eco Tours take 4 ½ hours so that you can Discover Your Nature.
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Kayaks are Great for Exploring the Refuge.
To experience the best the Wildlife Refuge has to offer, you have to get shallow and you have to get close! Kayaks are stable, easy to use and are environmentally low impact.
Before we venture out, you’ll receive a tutorial on how to maneuver your kayak.
We typically kayak for an hour or more and you can bring water bottles from our cooler.
Discover many different Species of Fish, Birds and Plants.
Peer into the water to see what fish or invertebrates like to hang out in the protection of the mangrove roots. Gaze over the shallow flats at low tide to see the herons and wading birds, patiently working for their meals, or maybe you’ll get to see a horseshoe crab as it labors by.
The best part is, you never know what you’re going to see, and sometimes it’s more about the serenity of the surroundings than checking a list. The only thing we really know is that you’re going to love it.
“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!
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!
We were in Key West for 2 days and did not have any plans. We were happy when this trip was recommended by our guest house host and booked it right away. We were not disappointed. The boat ride, the kayaking and snorkelling were all amazing. We saw many different kinds of birds, fish and wildlife. It was the most relaxing and fun activity. Billy was very knowledgeable and he sure knows how to serve up refreshments! We would definitely recommend this to our friends and family. Loved it. Thanks again Captain Billy! All the best from Windsor, Ontario Canada.
Captain Evan took us out on a phenomenal trip that included kayaking, snorkeling as well as a nature tour. We chose this company again after having a great experience with them and Captain Stephanie in December.
The smaller group size enabled Captain Evan to snorkel and kayak with the group, pointing out stingrays, sea turtles, birds and fish species that you miss when you’re on your own with one of the larger companies.
We’ll definitely choose them again next time we visit Key West!