Our All the Above trip, is All of our Favorite Things!
For 14 years, we have dreamed of offering this trip, but only if we could maintain the high standards our guests expect from an Honest Eco trip.
Now, the time has arrived! With the launch of our comfortable, quiet, electric boat SQUID, organic provisions from our friends at Date and Thyme, our smart crew, and our support boat ink, we have assembled the necessary pieces to turn all of our strengths into the crescendo of Honest Eco’s tours.
On our All the Above trip, You will be able to experience all the splendor that the Key West National Wildlife Refuge has to offer for that day.
SQUID provides an amazing platform for experiencing and learning about the unique Key West ecosystem. Our sustainable nature tours are run by biologists on an electric boat and focus on the ecosystem, conservation, sustainability and ethical wildlife viewing.
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.
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!