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Bugeye Backcountry Eco Adventure


  • Sail on a Wooden 65' Shallow-Draft Bugeye Schooner with Wide and Open Decks
  • All Meals Prepared Daily by our Own Catering Kitchen
  • Explore the Uninhabited Mangrove Islands of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge

Tour Summary

Climb aboard our Appledore Star, a two masted 65' shallow drafted bugeye schooner, and sail with us to the mangrove islands and experience snorkeling and kayaking. This tour combines these great activities in Key West so you can don't have to sacrifice anything!

We will sail to Key West's mangrove islands located in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Our Appledore Star is equipped with a bathroom and wide decks for your comfort. Since we only take 16 people per trip, you will have plenty of room to walk around and relax. 

During the whole trip, be sure to watch for dolphins, manta rays, and sea turtles. Many wildlife call this place home so keep your eyes open as you never know what you will see!

Our time there will include snorkeling and kayaking. During the snorkeling part, you will be able to enjoy the warm, calm waters. You may choose to enjoy the tropical fish and wildlife or grab a noodle and float in the water. During kayaking, we will guide you throughout the experience and teach you about the mangrove islands. During a typical day, you may see bald eagles, ospreys, and blue herons.

After these fun activities, you can cool off onboard with our fresh water rinse. We also have complimentary beer, wine, homemade sangria, water, and soda. 

Lunch is also served on the boat as well. This lunch buffet includes offerings like shrimp, fried chicken, roast beef slider, pasta salad, and cookies.

What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the activity must be 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?
There is metered parking available near the check-in facility.

What do I need to bring?
You will want to bring your own towels, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, camera and money for souvenirs.

What kind of drinks are included?
Included drinks are home-made sangria, premium beer, boutique wine, soft drinks and water.  Alcoholic drinks after snorkeling, w/ ID

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.

  • Must show ID/DL before being served any alcoholic beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverages are served only after snorkeling is complete.
  • NOTICE: The discounted prices may not be available during Peak or Holiday periods. Peak/Holiday pricing is $119.95 per adult. 

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 Bugeye Backcountry Eco Adventure 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 ͡°)