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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

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Key West, United States
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Escape to the secluded islands and tropical beaches off the coast of Key West on this guided, full-day adventure to historic Dry Tortugas National Park. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will love this unique voyage, where getting there is half the fun on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling (equipment provided) in the crystal blue waters and take in the military fort, national park, campground, sandy beaches and coral reefs that make this area special. Breakfast and lunch included.
  • Day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Ride a spacious catamaran across the tropical seas
  • Enjoy spectacular views and learn about your surroundings from an on-board naturalist
  • Cruise past Boca Grande Key, the Marquesas Keys and the Rebecca Shoal Channel
  • Swim or snorkel around the park’s coral reef with ocean life such as dolphins and sea turtles
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch on the boat
This 10-hour journey departs from Key West on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art, high-speed catamaran that ferries passengers from Key West to Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take in the scenic beauty while cruising 70 miles off the coast through the Gulf of Mexico, listening to the naturalist tour guide describe the surroundings and the history of the national park.

Dry Tortugas National Park is located inside Fort Jefferson, one of the largest coastal forts ever built. This seven-island cluster is comprised of coral reefs and sand — and famous for its bird and marine life, as well as legends of pirates and sunken gold. 

This tour includes a variety of exciting activities and amazing scenery while providing a sense of history. Begin with a 45-minute tour of the fort, then wander the beach looking for seashells and watching tropical birds swooping through the air. Try a bit of swimming or snorkeling around the coral reef, looking for dolphins and sea turtles in the warm, tropical water. Visitors agree, this is the best place for snorkeling in the Florida Keys.

Time for a break? Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board the boat or along the shore.

Spend any remaining time sightseeing or wandering the island, then reboard the boat mid-afternoon and enjoy the trip back to Key West. Relax on the deck with a refreshing beverage from one of the onboard bars (own expense) and soak up the remaining rays of the sun — a perfect ending to a perfect day of outdoor fun and adventure.
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Yankee Freedom III
The Yankee Freedom III catamaran is powered by twin Caterpillar engines that give her a speed of over 30 miles per hour, making Yankee Freedom III Catamaran the fastest vessel of her size out of Key West. Also, below decks are two generators plus a multitude of machinery and equipment to operate the vessel in the safest, quietest, and most dependable manner possible. Yankee Freedom III passengers have the option of joining a 40-minute guided tour of the fort led by one of our expert naturalists. You’ll hear captivating stories about the fort, its remarkable history and its surroundings. As you explore the fort, imagine life here during the hectic 1860s. At its height nearly 2,000 people lived within this remote city on the sea... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers faced many challenges during the fort’s lengthy construction. Shifting sands, storms, and harsh conditions were common obstacles. The remote location hampered the shipment of supplies and skilled workers, especially during the Civil War.
Admission Ticket Included
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Fort Jefferson
From their discovery in 1513 by Ponce de Leon, through the visit of naturalist John James Audubon in 1832, to the present, the Dry Tortugas have been known for their amazing richness in migrating land birds and vast seabird colonies. Imagine, 100,000 Sooty Terns all in one place, all at one time. That’s what you can see if you’re near Bush Key in the Dry Tortugas National Park during the nesting season each year from March through September. Though Bush Key is closed during nesting, the rookery may be observed with binoculars from Fort Jefferson on nearby Garden Key. Also seen nesting in the rookery are some 4,500 Brown Noddy Terns and occasionally Black Noddies are seen among them.
Admission Ticket Included
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Tortugas Banks
No Key West beach trip is complete without visiting the best beach in the Florida Keys: Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park, located just 70 miles west of Key West. Whether swimming, sun bathing or just plain strolling, you will enjoy the crystal blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft, powdery sand of this island paradise. These beautiful, pristine beaches are a Key West attraction not to be missed.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dry Tortugas National Park
Make your way to the departure point and then cruise across dazzling blue waters on the spacious Yankee Freedom III, a high-speed catamaran that ferries passengers from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. Dig in to breakfast as you sail past Boca Grande Key, the Marquesas Keys atoll and the Rebecca Shoal Channel. Stroll the decks and take in views of your pristine surroundings while you listen to a naturalist talk about the area and the national park.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers.

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  • "The water is perfect, the boat is fun, the drinks in the afternoon are strong." See review
  • "The trip is well organized and you can have plenty of time to hang around on the island and enjoy yourself." See review

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4 dec 2019
flopesi
, Dec 2019
Very nice trip the dry tortugas national park. Friendly staff and a beautiful isle. We snorkel and see many fishs and we have luck and see an big (in german we called it „Rochen“).
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Dry Tortugas
pgardoin
, Nov 2019
A wonderful excursion on the Yankee Freedom from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park. The Catamaran trip was great, the crew was very nice and knowledgeable. The Fort tour was interesting. The water at the Fort was simply beautiful. Snorkling was awesome. Enjoyed lounging on the beach area. It was a full day of pleasure.
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Best day visiting Keys
Debbie B
, Nov 2019
A wonderful experience from beginning to end! Loved snorkeling the beautiful clear water and the history of the island.
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Trip could not be found
julia50h
, Oct 2019
I will never use Viator again. I arrived and the could not find my ticket. I had 2 and cancelled 1 about a month ago and was refunded for the one. When I arrived that is the only one they could see. I went with 6 friends so did not want to skip. I paid another $180. They said not to use Viator they always have issues.
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Absolutely amazing views and great hosts!
Ashlee65471
, Sep 2019
The crew on this boat were fantastic. They were very friendly and had so much knowledge about the Fort, and you could really tell they had a passion for their jobs. The boat ride was about 2.5 hours but went by quickly due to the beautiful views. The Dry Tortugas were absolutely beautiful and it was a highlight of our week long Key West Trip. The food included was plentiful and better than expected, and we even got to see a wild sea turtle up close on one of our strolls at the island. It was a great day and the crew made it even better!
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Wet Tortugas
Jay C
, Jul 2019
It rained most of the tour from the time we left Key West until we were leaving the Dry Tortugas. Still an awesome fort but the rain definitely detracted from the tour and the snorkeling. Highly recommend only try to avoid a rainy day.
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Beautiful day trip. A little pricey but...
cbullard2014
, May 2018
Beautiful day trip. A little pricey but worth the trip
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The trip is well organized and you...
Qiaoyi H
, Dec 2017
The trip is well organized and you can have plenty of time to hang around on the island and enjoy yourself.
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Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. What an...
Michelle P
, Jul 2017
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. What an experience, like nothing else. The water is perfect, the boat is fun, the drinks in the afternoon are strong. A highlight of our Key West trip!
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Really enjoyed this trip, The Food...
John G
, Jun 2017
Really enjoyed this trip, The Food and drink on board was excellent. The trip was made perfect by the tour guide Ryzee, a young guy who had a wealth of knowledge about Fort Jefferson and the different islands etc we saw on the way. anyone that didn't join him on the tour of Fort Jefferson missed so much. All the crew were great and very helpful. I would recommend this trip.

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