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Spirit Snorkeling

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1410 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2117
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Snorkeling was top on our list for our trip. At check in and while loading the boat we are told... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stacey F
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I had been snorkeling once before in the keys on a pretty choppy water day and had been okay. I... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
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Spirit Snorkeling of Marathon – providing daily snorkel trips to Sombrero Reef & Pirate’s Cove. Specializing in families and first time snorkelers, our friendly crew will take you on a fun filled adventure to the either the Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary and Lighthouse or to our special location on the Florida Bay—Pirate’s Cove. Sombrero Reef is the third largest barrier reef in the world and this beautiful 30 acre coral reef ranges from 2–30 feet deep with thousands of tropical fish. The Sombrero Lighthouse was built before the Civil War and today still helps mariners navigate the Keys with its light. Coral Reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. They are second only to the tropical rain forests in the number of species they harbor, and indeed are sometimes called “The Rain Forests of the Sea”. You haven’t really seen the Keys until you’ve seen our under water areas. If the weather is too rough to go out to Sombrero Reef our dedicated crew will take you over to Pirate’s Cove, where the water is generally much calmer. Here you will see many species of tropical fish, under water plant life, lobsters and even sea horses. The water is quite shallow, making it a perfect spot to snorkel. Even sightseers enjoy our trips as many species can be seen from the boat. We take no scuba divers, we only go to shallow water snorkeling locations and Back Water Eco tours.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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1410 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2117
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Snorkeling was top on our list for our trip. At check in and while loading the boat we are told waves are 2-3 feet, the captain will try to take us to the reef, but if to rough, we would go back to bay. It...More

Thank Stacey F
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I had been snorkeling once before in the keys on a pretty choppy water day and had been okay. I brought my 57 year old mother and our 50 year old friend on their first snorkeling trip this time. My mother is a strong swimmer...More

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1  Thank Olivia S
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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Olivia, thanks for the great review and the five stars. We have the best staff here at "Spirit". They truly care about their clients and are always there to lend a helping hand. Come back and see us again sometime.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would go again. The only bad thing was they only have 5 songs they played. Yes, Keys West songs just need more.

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Thank Bodie C
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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the review. I'll check into the five songs. Trip is longer than that, lol. Good tunes always make the ride home better.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew was personable and very safety conscious. The area we visited was so clear and colorful! We are experienced snorkelers and we were able to see some marine life that we hadn't seen before :) The seating was a bit uncomfortable. Not a whole...More

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Thank Barbara M
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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Sounds like you made some memories on your snorkeling adventure. We share a parking lot with the restaurant and most people just try to pull into the closest spot. We have many signs, but some how folks don't see them. Thanks for you comments.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Angie and First Mate Jena we’re awesome! Snorkeling sights were awesome. Boat was clean and equipment excellent.

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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the five stars! So glad you had a great snorkeling experience aboard the , Spirit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip was great. The snorkling was wonderful with lots of fish to see. We both had a wonderful time.

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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed your adventure aboard the , "Spirit." Come back and see us again sometime.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The weather was too windy for Sombrero Reef so they took us to Pirate's Cove. While the Capt Roger and Jena were great and they have no control over Mother Nature - I wish we would have passed on Pirate's Cove. My son did see...More

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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Pirate's cove is a different eco system and you have to be a patient snorkel to get the total experience. You could be looking at what you think is bunch of muck and all of a sudden you see a seahorse hanging onto a piece...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our very first trip snorkeling. When we first arrived we were greeted with friendly staff and given very clear instructions. Captain Angie took us out to Sombrero Reef. It was BEAUTIFUL!! There were places on the reef only about 10 ft down so...More

Thank Amanda S
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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Amanda thanks for the amazing review, we appreciate your business. Looking forward to your next trip.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The fine folks at Spirit too us out to Sombrero Reef for a really fun trip. People of all different ages and abilities enjoyed the trip. The crew was very attentive and knowledgeable. We saw many different kinds of fish and a turtle. I would...More

Thank JayGins
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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jay, Thanks for the five stars. Sounds like you had a great snorkel at the reef!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The weather didn’t cooperate so we missed snorkeling at Sombrero Reef. Captain Roger & Mate Jenn let us know up front before boarding we would only stop at Pirates Cove, and anyone wanting to change days or a refund they would accommodate. It was our...More

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CaptainPips, Manager at Spirit Snorkeling, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the five stars. You do have to be a patient snorkeler to see the beauty of Pirates Cove. It's a different eco system. Please do come back and snorkel again when the weather is better and we can get out to the reef.

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Jeffrey T
11 May 2018|
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Response from CaptainPips | Property representative |
If you go in the morning the price is $29.99 plus tax 2.25. per person If you go in the afternoon the price is $35.99 plus tax 2.70 per person. Hope you decide to snorkel with us.
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Elizabeth S
12 February 2018|
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Response from chazzq | Reviewed this property |
Doesn't matter. Temperatures don't change much during the day on the Keys.
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