Limited Spaces Available! For reservations call (866) 576-9151. Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.

Wild Dolphin Encounter and Snorkel


  • Experience Dolphins in Their Natural Habitat
  • Snorkel in the Pristine Waters Surrounding the Island
  • Complimentary Refreshments
  • Family-Friendly Atmosphere Great for the Whole Family
  • Very Intimate Experience with 6 Guests Max Per Boat
  • All Boats Have Double Bimini Tops for Plenty of Shade, but the Front of the Boat is Open for Those Who Want to Sunbathe
  • Private Charters for Up to 6 People are Available at a Discounted Rate

Tour Summary

Experience a dolphin safari like only Key West can offer! With the Wild Dolphin Encounter and Snorkel tour, six lucky guests get to experience our most intimate and awe-inspiring dolphin experience available anywhere in the Florida Keys! With Captain Gary and his team leading the way, you and your group will go on a Key West safari that takes you through the calm blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and out to the famous Dolphin Playground. After interacting with the local Key West dolphins, the trip will take you out to the coral reef where you will get the chance to snorkel in one of the country’s only living coral reef sites.

Key West is one of the best cities anywhere in the country from which to see wild dolphins. You can simply stand on the shoreline and probably catch a glimpse of one or two. But the absolute best way to really see these wonderful animals up close is by going on the Wild Dolphin Encounter. On our small, center-console vessels, we will take you out to the area in the Gulf of Mexico that is named the Dolphin Playground because of the high number of dolphins that populate these waters. The chances of seeing wild dolphins in the Dolphin Playground are extremely high, and the best part is that these dolphins are very friendly and oftentimes come right up to the boat for some truly unbeatable picture moments!

After seeing the Key West dolphins, playing wild and free in their natural habitat, we ride out to the coral reef! We provide all snorkeling gear, instruction, and even floatation devices to help you in the water! Snorkeling is fun and easy, so even if you have never actually snorkeled before, you will see just how easy it is! You will be snorkeling in no time and exploring the beautiful world of reef fish and other marine creatures that live among the coral. Captain Gary and his passionate team of tour guides will be sure to provide you with the kind of Dolphin and Snorkeling experience that you will not forget!

What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the activity 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?
There is free parking at the location where this tour departs, follow the signs for dolphins upon arrival.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your actvity taking place. Your departure time will be listed on your confirmation email.

Can you accommodate more than 6 guests?
This tour operates on 3 different boats and each boat can take up to 6 guests. If you have a group with more than 6, we can simply put you on two different boats. Typically we are able to take multiple boats to the same areas. 

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.

  • Maximum capacity on each boat is 6 passengers. 
  • Private Charter max capacity is 6 passengers per boat.
  • It is really easy to see dolphins on this tour since we go to the areas that are most highly populated by dolphins. Dolphin sightings are, however, based on dolphin behavior and since these are free and wild creatures, they cannot be guaranteed (but don't worry - there is rarely a tour where we don't spot dolphins!)
  • This is a wild dolphin watching tour. Wild dolphins are an endangered and protected species.

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 Wild Dolphin Encounter and Snorkel 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 ͡°)