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Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West

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iconOffered in: English
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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
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Get up close with sharks and other marine wildlife on this boat tour from Key West. Travel on board an eco-friendly, 34-foot catamaran just a few miles off the coast of Key West. See dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about Key West’s waters, and then watch as the pilot drops bait to draw a variety of sharks right to the edge of the boat. Bring a camera to capture the excitement as these super predators swarm. Cold drinks, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark cruise.
  • Shark and wildlife boat tour from Key West
  • View lemon, nurse and other shark species from the safety of your catamaran
  • Spy dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles on your way to the shark viewing location
  • Travel in a catamaran built to minimize environmental impact
  • Learn about the marine life and mangrove islands on your tour from your pilot
  • Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and chips provided
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Professional guide
Use of polarized sunglasses
Soda and juice
Chips
Bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

245 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Check in at the dock, located on Pier B behind the Westin Resort in Key West, and then climb on board the Tiger Cat. This 34-foot (10-meter), custom-built, eco-friendly catamaran is captained by local wildlife experts with more than 30 years of experience on the Florida Keys’ backcountry waters. The boat utilizes a power-pole system rather than an anchor(s) to keep it in place while viewing sharks, thus preventing any possible damage to the seagrass and coral bottom below.

Travel through the shallow waters close to natural mangrove islands and look for a variety of wildlife — like dolphins, turtles, stingrays and birds, to name a few. Then proceed about four miles (six km) offshore to prime shark territory. A scented bait is dropped into the water to attract these super predators right to the edge of the boat, sharks of all kinds: lemon, nurse, bull, blacktip and hammerhead sharks. Make sure to have a camera ready to capture the scene.

Cold beverages, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Key West Extreme Adventures Shark Tours
After check-in, the Tiger Cat will cruise through Key West harbor on the way to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Here guests will see numerous sharks and a variety of wildlife including dolphin.
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Travel through shallow water close to mangrove islands as you make your way about 4 miles (6.4 km) away from shore to the shark viewing site. Along the way, keep your eyes open for dolphin, sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas, tarpon and an array of native birds. Listen to your experienced pilot discuss the delicate ecosystem of this area and its abundance of wildlife. Enjoy complimentary water, soda, juice and chips — as well as the use of polarized sunglasses — during your trip. When you arrive at the shark destination, get ready for an unforgettable experience! Your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort. See numerous lemon and nurse sharks, and watch out for bull, black tip and hammerhead sharks during nearly one hour of shark viewing. Capture dramatic photos you can't wait to share with family and friends.
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • No alcoholic drinks permitted
  • Guests may bring their own lunches and beverages
  • Important Note: must call to confirm departure time or your tour may not be guaranteed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Key West Extreme Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The departure location is 245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040. The dock is located on Pier B behind The Westin Resort.
Jun 2021
Q:
What time is the departure for the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The departure is typically 10 am, however, tour times may vary due to season, tides, and weather conditions. be sure to call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to your tour to confirm the departure time.
Jun 2021
Q:
What kind of boat is used during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Enjoy the comfort and shade aboard “Tiger Cat”, a 34-foot catamaran that uses a power-pole system in lieu of anchors to keep the boat secure. This eliminates potential damage to the sea grass and coral bottom.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes - Children age 5 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Please specify if bringing children in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
Does the wildlife come close to the boat during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes, your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera as there will be several amazing photo ops! Polarized sunglasses are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish!
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Whale Shark tour?
A:It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there shaded seating available during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes, there is seating available under the canopy for shade.
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Can I bring my own drinks/snacks with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes - cold drinks and snacks are provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in 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 Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in 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
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in 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 Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.

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  • "You can get perfect pictures and videos as there is so many opportunities to see them." See review
  • "The deck is plenty big for kids to get some energy out." See review
  • "My husband and I are older but would recommend this to any age group and families." See review

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Great experience
Heather
, Jun 2021
Very knowledgeable and welcoming. Also made the younger children feel extra special. Captin Clay and his uncle were fantastic. They answered any questions and told us many interesting facts about sharks and dolphins.
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Great tour!
Brandon_B
, Jun 2021
Great tour. Able see lemon sharks as well as multiple schools of dolphins. Captain and co-captain were friendly and knowledgeable. Recommend tour!
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This trip is a must while in Key West
BradW
, Jun 2021
Captain Dave and Captain Clay were great! What fantastic experience. We viewed countless sharks and ocean life. This is a one of a kind experience. The Captains were informative and humorous.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Amazing!!!
Joey_M
, Jun 2021
Such a great experience!! Don’t hesitate! Boat was very comfortable and staff were nice, funny and very accommodating.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Great experience with the family
Axel_G
, Jun 2021
Captain Dave & Captain Clay were awesome!!! Our family had a blast. We saw a ton of sharks. Highly recommend👍🏽
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Never looked at it that way before, but I'll bet we were close to a ton of sharks. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Amazing
Sharon_C
, Jun 2021
The guys were so friendly and knowledgeable. It's was all over a really beautiful experience! DO THiS TOUR!!! You won't regret sit!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you agin soon. Captain Dave
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Awesome time!
Robert_M
, Jun 2021
We had so much fun! The crew was very informative and would answer any questions we had. They also made sure our 6 year old had an enjoyable time. They cared about our experience and wanted to make sure everyone was able to have a chance to see the sharks. We even got lucky and saw some dolphins and a sea turtle.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. I love the reaction of a child watching the sharks feed. Laughter and giggles. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Nothing but amazing!!!
Renate_S
, Jun 2021
Great experience! Captains knowledge on wildlife made the trip!!! Fun and wonderful time on the boat and vast opportunities to take amazing pictures
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Show everyone those pictures. Hope to see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Highly recommended!
Joey_P
, May 2021
Fantastic experience watching the sharks feed! The two captains were a pleasure to visit with. I'd definitely do this excursion again.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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Sharks, Sharks and more Sharks!!!
Teresa_L
, May 2021
Delivered on seeing sharks!!! Great father/son duo. Gave lots of interesting facts about sharks. Would definitely go again.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
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