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Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West

Badge of ExcellenceKey West, United States
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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Use of polarized sunglasses
  • Soda and juice
  • Chips
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Opal Key Resort & Marina
    245 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

    Directions: Dock is located on Pier B behind the resort.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

Key West Extreme Adventures Shark Tours (Pass By)

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.

Key West

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.

1 hour 55 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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.

Jun 2021

Q: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

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Traveler Tips


I would consider this a must excursion if you are coming to Key West!!!
You can get perfect pictures and videos as there is so many opportunities to see them.
The deck is plenty big for kids to get some energy out.
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You’ll see sharks!
8z22qcw7y7, Aug 2022
Great fun, as Capt Clay fed many lemon sharks from the boat. Photos too large (>10mb) for website. Believe me you’ll get great photos on this trip
Lemon sharks galore!
Jeswyn_P, Aug 2022
Was a wonderful experience! The captain and his son running it were very knowledgeable and interesting to hear about their experience with wildlife. Would definitely recommend this excursion!!
It was a great experience !!!
Karmella_F, Aug 2022
It was amazing seeing sharks !!! The crew was so knowledgeable about sharks, dolphins and key west!!
The captain made this a...
Cheryl_T, Aug 2022
The captain made this a great experience. He cared about everyone getting an opportunity to have a good view and really took care of his guests. Best tour of our vacation.
Eating/feeding frenzy!
Seth_T, Jul 2022
Our daughter is in school for Marine Biology and will specialize in sharks. This was an amazing experience for her. She enjoyed it tremendously and even had the chance to do the feeding herself.
Highlight of our trip to...
Krista_K, Jul 2022
Highlight of our trip to Key West! Captains where very knowledgeable about sharks. Learned a great deal.
This was an outstanding...
Valerie_H, Jul 2022
This was an outstanding trip. We saw dolphins and approximately 24 sharks! The trip operators were extremely knowledgeable and the trip exceeded our expectations!
Amazing experience!
Jessica_S, Jul 2022
Such a cool experience not only for our nine year old daughter but for mom and dad as well! Our captains were friendly, knowledgeable, funny. We had a great time!
Outstanding experience
Barbara_D, Jul 2022
We had a great time. The captains ensured all passengers were able to see and experience the sharks and dolphins. We were not rushed through the tour either.
Great experience!
Sandra_F, Jul 2022
It was a great experience, we learned a lot about sharks & dolphins. Experiencing so many sharks up close was quite a thrill.
Don’t miss this opportunity!
Willie_B, Jul 2022
Crew was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. We saw exactly what was promised. A 5 star adventure!!!
Amazing shark experience
Lindsey_B, Jul 2022
This was one of the coolest experiences of my life! Seeing the sharks out in the ocean was amazing!! The captain and his son were so knowledgeable and it made the experience that much better. I would definitely recommend this to everyone!
Must-do tour for families
Jingjing_C, Jun 2022
Fantastic experience! Must-do tour for family. We saw sharks and dolphins and other wildlife. It is beyond our expectations!
Exciting
Jo_O, Jun 2022
My son wants to be a marine biologist and wants to work with sharks so we decided to do the trip. Both teenagers said it was the best part of the trip.
A must if you love sharks!!!!
Katherine_M, Jun 2022
The captains were interactive and informative. His granddaughter was an additional crew member who came around to talk with us and share information on sharks. They got us right up with the sharks and gave us all enough time to see them feed and take pictures. The dolphins were great and we got lucky to catch a sea turtle before it dove off
Bucket List Trip June 2022
Kenneth_M, Jun 2022
I wish I could bottle my wife's excitement after this experience. The shear joy left her walking on a cloud all day. I lost count of the sharks some where after 20. This is a bucket list experience. Imagine sharks turning the ocean into a washing machine spinning around. There was plenty of room and pretty easy to move around so that everyone gets to be "Front Row Center Stage". The crew was very knowledgeable of the animals, the area, and the history. We were having such a great time we may have stayed out a bit longer than stated ......shhh don't tell the boss
Wonderfull
Nicolas_G, Jun 2022
very friendly crew. extraordinary experience. we saw giant turtle sharks and dolphins. I highly recommend it
Fantastic shark and marine life tour
Ross_C, Jun 2022
Genuinely loved this trip. I was very impressed by the enthusiasm, care and fun the tour guides provided. On our trip not only did we see sharks but we also saw dolphins - mainly because the guides are always listening to reports of sightings to make sure you get the most out of your trip. I imagined this would be good but it really exceeded my expectations. The guides are very knowledgeable and approachable. If you like sea life and would rather see animals in the wild and not in tanks then please just book this trip you won’t regret it.
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Great experience
Guy_D, Jun 2022
Such a great experience, we saw lots of sharks and then dolphins as well. The captain was a real pro, lots of facts and funny stories to keep us entertained. A fantastic way to spend a few hours, highly recommend.
Loved this trip, we had a...
terisowder, Jun 2022
Loved this trip, we had a great time!! The captain and his son were excellent guides and we learned so much. A wonderful experience.
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