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Back Country Safari


  • Family Friendly Atmosphere - Great for Guests of All Ages
  • Snorkeling at a Shallow-Water Coral Reef Ecosystem
  • Dedicated Crew Made up of Local Eco Tour Guides
  • Sailing Through the Pristine Waters of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge
  • Amazing Kayaking Excursion Through the Mangrove Islands

Tour Summary

If you love the outdoors and being in nature, then the Back Country Safari snorkeling and kayaking combo tour is the tour for you! Departing from Old Town Key West daily, the Back Country Safari is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Florida Keys through an all-day excursion that features sailing on the calm waters of the Gulf, snorkeling at the coral reef, and kayaking through the Mangrove Islands.  If the weather permits, we even have an amazing island beach stop that we try to go to during the journey. This is the best way to take in all the natural beauty of the Florida Keys!

We head out every morning on one of our specially designed shallow-draft sailboats that provide stability and comfort while being designed to access certain areas that many of Key West’s larger boats are not able to access. The adventure starts off at one of the best stops for shallow water snorkeling, where you will get to swim above the extensive and diverse coral reef ecosystem of Key West. This underwater ecosystem provides a home for thousands of creatures, and when we go snorkeling here, we do so with care and delicacy, making sure to not disturb the fragile ecosystem. While snorkeling, you will get to see all kinds of marine creatures ranging from reef fish to reef shark to lobster and sometimes even a sea turtle or too!

After snorkeling, you will get the chance to jump on our sturdy sea kayaks that you will use to explore the Mangrove Islands. The Mangrove Islands are a vast collection of mangroves that, much like the coral reef below the water, offer a home to all kinds of species. Here you will see the land and air species that make their home in the Florida Keys. Exploring the Mangrove Islands is best done on a kayak, and we are confident that even those with no experience kayaking, will have a great time on this tour! Our crew will provide you with instruction and pointers on how to maneuver your kayak. The Back Country Safari also offers guests a full picnic-style lunch and drinks. Space is very limited on this tour so we highly encourage reservations be made well in advance!

What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the activity must is cancelled due to bad weather, and you cannot reschedule, you will be issued a full refund.

Where is the departure point for this tour?
Check-in instructions will be included in your activity confirmation email.

Where can I park?
Parking is available on the 400 block of Caroline Street, you must pay a fee in order to park there.

What is included with lunch?

Lunch includes curried chicken, tuna, and pasta salads. A selection of deli meats, cheeses, artisan breads, and a little something sweet!

How many passengers can this boat hold?

22 Maximum

It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.

  • Key West Snorkeling Tours is always interested in your tour experience with us. We hope you enjoyed your tour and love to hear comments.

    Bob Smith

    I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Back Country Safari is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!

    Jim Peters

    Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!

    Richard Dixon

    The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)