“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.
“Ours is truly a blue planet - Water covers most of the world’s surface. Here, we are outsiders” -David Attenborough Life of Fish
Your Mate hops into the water with you and helps identify and point
out the animals that live underwater. Because of this, they demand that
we take them to the spot that has the best conditions for the current
In the winter it is often a Sponge Garden, in the summer it is often
a coral patch reef. But regardless of the season, it’s always worth
Our Mates are Your Guides
Over the years, we have tried LOTS of different brands of gear and we have finally found our match for adults and Junior snorkel masks. We use Cressi F1 masks for their comfort, effectiveness and durability. These are the same masks that you would find in the crew’s bag for personal trips. Because if it is good enough for our guests, then it is definitely good enough for us! For childrens masks we are currently using the Akona Joey, and have a selection of googles on board. As kids are so unique in their sizes and also their comfort with getting in the water, we try and have an assortment of options on board to serve them.
Environmentally friendly foam belts
Swim Platform Entry and exit
Not only do we want our guests to enjoy snorkeling, We NEED our guests to enjoy snorkeling! So we teach you how to use all of your gear and provides tips and pointers for how to be successful while snorkeling.
Patient Instructions prepare you for exploring!
Our snorkeling spots change by the season and sometimes by the day.
Our experience has taught us that our guests have the best time when we
take them to a location offering the calmest and the clearest water for
the weather conditions. Sometimes this is a barrier reef or a gulfside
patch reef and other times a shallow water sponge garden; wherever we
decide to snorkel, our guests, both beginners and experienced, enjoy the
experience so much that they often stay in the water for up to an hour.
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!