Backcountry Safari Key West

Explore the wondrous and enigmatic mangrove islands with one of our very knowledgeable nature guides on Backcountry Safari Key West.


  • Sail on a 65ft traditional style schooner
  • Guided Kayak tour through mangrove ecosystems
  • Key West Reef Snorkeling
  • See corals, sponge gardens, tropical fish, and other dramatic marine life
  • End your day on a deserted island beach


Explore the wondrous and enigmatic mangrove islands with one of our very knowledgeable nature guides on Backcountry Safari. Learn all about the mangrove eco-system, while paddling through a maze of mangrove-canopied canals and streams, that are home to an incredible tropical array of birds, rays, sharks, sport fish, and more. And, no worries if you’ve never kayaked before; our kayaks are very stable sea kayaks that novices from ages 6 to 90 and beyond can easily paddle with a few simple instructions from your guide!

Backcountry Safari features a guided kayaking tour through wonderfully enigmatic mangrove islands, snorkeling on pristine and uncharted patch reefs and wrecks, and, of course, sailing!

Backcountry Safari’s specialty shallow-draft vessels visit pristine patch reefs in the calm and protected waters of the Florida Keys backcountry to provide you with an exceptional Key West snorkeling experience. And, due to the topography of islands and flats that surround the wildlife refuge, you can be assured of great visibility and calm seas while you snorkel amid a beautiful collection of corals, sponge gardens, tropical fish, and dramatic marine life.

Weather permitting, we end the Backcountry Safari at a deserted island beach or a shallow sand bar in gin-clear emerald green waters. This is the deserted island beach experience you’ve dreamed about! With cold beer, wine, or soft drink in hand, we relax and intimately explore along the water’s edge these beautiful areas. Join a guide for an informative walking tour, or relax on your own in this idyllic paradise.


  • Departure time: 9:30AM
  • Duration: 6.5 hours (approx.)
  • Check-in time: Please check-in 30 minutes before the activity start time.
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.


  • All Equipment and Instruction
  • Snorkeling
  • Guided Kayak Tour
  • Lunch of chicken, tuna, pasta salads, deli meats and cheeses, artisan breads, and a little something sweet!
  • Snacks
  • Wetsuits in the Winter Months
  • Water and Sodas
  • Unlimited Beer and Wine (after snorkeling)


  • Gratuities (optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing Suit
  • Water Proof Camera


  • Advance Purchase Recommended
  • Upon booking you will receive an instant receipt with Voucher Confirmation to follow
  • Capacity: 25

Booking Info

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Where is the departure point for this tour?

Detailed check-in instructions will be included in your confirmation email.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before the tour begins. The exact tour start time may be based on your chosen options and will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

Where can I park?

Parking is available on the 400 block of Caroline Street (it is a pay lot).

Do you provide a shuttle to the tour?

Currently, we do not provide transportation to the tour

Can you pick us up from the airport?

Currently, we do not provide transportation from the airport.

Do you provide wetsuits?

Yes, we are happy to provide a wetsuit, free of charge, during the cooler winter months.

How long is each activity?

Guests will enjoy 45 minutes of sailing to Key West National Wildlife Refuge, a 60 minute guided kayak tour and 60 minutes of reef snorkeling.

I've never snorkeled before, will I be OK?

First time snorkelers can be assured of one-on-one instruction and assistance. We find introducing folks to our world very rewarding! In addition, we are pleased to provide prescription-strength masks and wetsuits in the winter-time at no extra charge.

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$ 120
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@ $95.00
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Please note: After your purchase is confirmed you will receive a complete tour itinerary with check-in time, location and what to bring.

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