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Key West Backcountry Schooner Eco-Tour

  • 6-hour schooner cruise from Key West
  • Kayak through mangrove islands
  • Snorkel at a patch reef
Key West Backcountry Schooner Eco-Tour
From US$ 99.00
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Key West Backcountry Schooner Eco-Tour
From US$ 99.00
Explore the patch reefs, mangrove islands, and waterways of Key West on a 6-hour cruise and snorkeling tour aboard a wooden sailing schooner. Take a hand at the wheel on your way across the Gulf of Mexico, kayak through the mangroves, then snorkel through patch reefs and sponge gardens. This 6-hour tour includes breakfast, lunch, and access to an open bar on the return sail to Key West.
What to Expect
Make your way to Key West’s Historic Seaport for a 10am departure on the Appledore Star, a 72-foot (22-meter), two-masted wooden schooner. Join the crew to unfurl the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax on deck as you sail across the Gulf water. Watch for dolphins and sea turtles during the morning sail, as the crew serves a continental breakfast of different quiches, fresh fruits, and pastries.

When the Appledore Star reaches Key West’s mangrove islands, the captain will drop the anchor for the first stop of the day. Step into a stable, easy-to-paddle sea kayak, and follow a guide through the calm water, exploring the mangrove ecosystem and wildlife. Following the sea kayaking tour, return to the boat for a buffet lunch of deli meat, cheeses, fresh bread, fried chicken, and Key West’s “pink peel” shrimp.

Spend the afternoon at a nearby patch reef, where you can snorkel above the reef’s nursery systems and sponge gardens. Climb back on deck after your snorkel, wash off the salt using Appledore Star’s fresh water rinse, and grab a beer, wine, sangria, or soda from the open bar for the return trip to Key West.
Reviews (19)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Unforgettable experience - an absolute must-do!

Captain Russ, along with the crew Nick and Anthony were exceptional. Extremely knowledgable and friendly. They were always there help us with any of our needs. The boat itself had a ton of charm and quite the history so it was great learning about the...More

1  Thank Megan B
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Mitchell Dominica captain linear and jess awesome Crew would love to come back. Will come back next year when family and friends

1  Thank Harood
Reviewed 22 August 2018
Extraordinary schooner trip with great captain &crew

Oh my god, what a wonderful day. We went on a six hour kayak and snorkeling tour with Sebago’s schooner. The ship was an old schooner with wooden floors, great comfortable underbelly, and gorgeous sail. We began about four miles out with a kayak tour...More

2  Thank cmolidor
Reviewed 14 August 2018
Highlight of Key West trip

My husband and I went to Key West for our anniversary and this excursion was the absolute highlight! The day was lovely and relaxing and we enjoyed every minute of it! We enjoyed meeting the other people in the small group and the leaders were...More

Thank summergirl225
Reviewed 10 August 2018
Relaxing day to end our vacation

Russ, Kate, and Nick were incredible and really made the trip! Nick gave us a great kayak tour of Mule Key and shared some history as well as his knowledge of the birds, and other wildlife. Even saw two nurse sharks. Then back to the...More

Thank Brian F
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