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Key West Backcountry Schooner Eco-Tour

  • 6-hour schooner cruise from Key West
  • Kayak through mangrove islands
  • Snorkel at a patch reef
Key West Backcountry Schooner Eco-Tour
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Key West Backcountry Schooner Eco-Tour
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Explore the patch reefs, mangrove islands, and waterways of Key West on a 6-hour cruise and snorkeling tour aboard a wooden sailing schooner. Take a hand at the wheel on your way across the Gulf of Mexico, kayak through the mangroves, then snorkel through patch reefs and sponge gardens. This 6-hour tour includes breakfast, lunch, and access to an open bar on the return sail to Key West.
What to Expect
Make your way to Key West’s Historic Seaport for a 10am departure on the Appledore Star, a 72-foot (22-meter), two-masted wooden schooner. Join the crew to unfurl the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax on deck as you sail across the Gulf water. Watch for dolphins and sea turtles during the morning sail, as the crew serves a continental breakfast of different quiches, fresh fruits, and pastries.
When the Appledore Star reaches Key West’s mangrove islands, the captain will drop the anchor for the first stop of the day. Step into a stable, easy-to-paddle sea kayak, and follow a guide through the calm water, exploring the mangrove ecosystem and wildlife. Following the sea kayaking tour, return to the boat for a buffet lunch of deli meat, cheeses, fresh bread, fried chicken, and Key West’s “pink peel” shrimp.
Spend the afternoon at a nearby patch reef, where you can snorkel above the reef’s nursery systems and sponge gardens. Climb back on deck after your snorkel, wash off the salt using Appledore Star’s fresh water rinse, and grab a beer, wine, sangria, or soda from the open bar for the return trip to Key West.
Reviews (22)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing day with amazing crew! What a way to start 2019...

The total experience exceeded our expectations! Captain James, along with crew members Katie and Pax were welcoming, engaging, informative and fun. Our snorkeling experience was a bit limited in what we saw due to somewhat cloudy waters, but the kayak trip and sailing made up...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 25 November 2018
Everything I hoped it would be ... and integral to your Key West experience!

Seabago Key West runs 2 Schooners and 5 Catamarans that each host a similar trip: B'fast, Lunch & drinks while sailing or anchored and stops to snorkel the reef and kayak around a mangrove island. The 5 catamaran crews change boats, but the 2 schooner...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank hank2d
Maya N, Public Relations Manager at Sebago Key West, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Hey there hank2d Wow! We appreciate such a great detailed review for the Bugeye Backcountry tour. We are ecstatic to hear that you guys had such a great last day in Key West and got to enjoy it with us. We hope your time here...More

Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile
Best Day!

Key West was a stop on our 5 day Caribbean cruise and we chose to book an excursion outside of the cruise line. It turned out to be an extraordinary day. Just a short, 10 minute walk from our pier, we arrived at The Appledore...More

1  Thank me-cruiser
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Unforgettable experience - an absolute must-do!

Captain Russ, along with the crew Nick and Anthony were exceptional. Extremely knowledgable and friendly. They were always there help us with any of our needs. The boat itself had a ton of charm and quite the history so it was great learning about the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Megan B
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Mitchell Dominica captain linear and jess awesome Crew would love to come back. Will come back next year when family and friends

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Harood
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Colin M
2 January 2019|
Response from me-cruiser | Reviewed this property |
The kayaks were two seaters. And the paddle around the mangroves was very calm waters. But you have to kayak open water to and from the boat. I would ask the captain about letting the child go.
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