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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get up close with sharks and other marine wildlife on this boat tour from Key West. Travel on board an eco-friendly, 34-foot catamaran just a few miles off the coast of Key West. See dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about Key West’s waters, and then watch as the pilot drops bait to draw a variety of sharks right to the edge of the boat. Bring a camera to capture the excitement as these super predators swarm. Cold drinks, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark cruise.
  • Shark and wildlife boat tour from Key West
  • View lemon, nurse and other shark species from the safety of your catamaran
  • Spy dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles on your way to the shark viewing location
  • Travel in a catamaran built to minimize environmental impact
  • Learn about the marine life and mangrove islands on your tour from your pilot
  • Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and chips provided
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Use of polarized sunglasses
Soda and juice
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Bottled water
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Opal Key Resort & Marina , 245 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Directions: Dock is located on Pier B behind the resort.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Check in at the dock, located on Pier B behind the Westin Resort in Key West, and then climb on board the Tiger Cat. This 34-foot (10-meter), custom-built, eco-friendly catamaran is captained by local wildlife experts with more than 30 years of experience on the Florida Keys’ backcountry waters. The boat utilizes a power-pole system rather than an anchor(s) to keep it in place while viewing sharks, thus preventing any possible damage to the seagrass and coral bottom below.

Travel through the shallow waters close to natural mangrove islands and look for a variety of wildlife — like dolphins, turtles, stingrays and birds, to name a few. Then proceed about four miles (six km) offshore to prime shark territory. A scented bait is dropped into the water to attract these super predators right to the edge of the boat, sharks of all kinds: lemon, nurse, bull, blacktip and hammerhead sharks. Make sure to have a camera ready to capture the scene.

Cold beverages, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Key West Extreme Adventures Shark Tours
After check-in, the Tiger Cat will cruise through Key West harbor on the way to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Here guests will see numerous sharks and a variety of wildlife including dolphin.
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Key West
Travel through shallow water close to mangrove islands as you make your way about 4 miles (6.4 km) away from shore to the shark viewing site. Along the way, keep your eyes open for dolphin, sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas, tarpon and an array of native birds. Listen to your experienced pilot discuss the delicate ecosystem of this area and its abundance of wildlife. Enjoy complimentary water, soda, juice and chips — as well as the use of polarized sunglasses — during your trip. When you arrive at the shark destination, get ready for an unforgettable experience! Your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort. See numerous lemon and nurse sharks, and watch out for bull, black tip and hammerhead sharks during nearly one hour of shark viewing. Capture dramatic photos you can't wait to share with family and friends.
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • No alcoholic drinks permitted
  • Guests may bring their own lunches and beverages
  • Important Note: must call to confirm departure time or your tour may not be guaranteed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Key West Extreme Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The departure location is 245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040. The dock is located on Pier B behind The Westin Resort.
Jun 2021
Q:
What time is the departure for the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The departure is typically 10 am, however, tour times may vary due to season, tides, and weather conditions. be sure to call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to your tour to confirm the departure time.
Jun 2021
Q:
What kind of boat is used during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Enjoy the comfort and shade aboard “Tiger Cat”, a 34-foot catamaran that uses a power-pole system in lieu of anchors to keep the boat secure. This eliminates potential damage to the sea grass and coral bottom.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes - Children age 5 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Please specify if bringing children in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
Does the wildlife come close to the boat during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes, your pilot will use bait to draw a host of sharks that swim right up to the boat so you and your family can observe them in safety and comfort.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera as there will be several amazing photo ops! Polarized sunglasses are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish!
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Whale Shark tour?
A:It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there shaded seating available during the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes, there is seating available under the canopy for shade.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own drinks/snacks with me on the Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:Yes - cold drinks and snacks are provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West.

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  • "I would consider this a must excursion if you are coming to Key West!!!" See review
  • "You can get perfect pictures and videos as there is so many opportunities to see them." See review
  • "The deck is plenty big for kids to get some energy out." See review

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Worth the expense!!
MARCUS_S
, Oct 2021
Most wildlife tours are completely contingent upon the wildlife as to whether or not you get to see them. So you are taking a risk. But with this company, they have mastered the art of bringing the sharks to the boat for viewing and entertainment. It was amazing. I have never seen so many sharks that close before. They were very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife indigenous to the waters.
star-5
This was such a fun...
Sunny_B
, Oct 2021
This was such a fun tour.Seeing the dolphins,sharks and jelly fish on a beautiful day was priceless.The guides were funny,knowledgeable and helpful.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
What a great trip!!! The...
Rhonda_A
, Oct 2021
What a great trip!!! The weather was beautiful, the water was amazing and the sharks didn't disappoint!!! Our crew was awesome!!! Our captain was very informative and funny!! I love that it was a family operation - father and son working together!!! This trip is a must do!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. We think our guests are awesome too. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
I took my 6 year old son...
Linsey_B
, Oct 2021
I took my 6 year old son to see the sharks. The whole crew was awesome with him and even let him feed the sharks. He had a blast!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Children's reaction to the sharks makes my job a lot more fun. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Awesome time!! Leaned so...
Amanda_W
, Oct 2021
Awesome time!! Leaned so much about the local area and Glen is so personal and Clay is as pretty as the views :-)
star-5
Great trip!
Angie_C
, Oct 2021
Such a fun experience! Everything was perfect, the weather and crew were great. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Great experience!!!...
jeff_b
, Oct 2021
Great experience!!! Highly recommend. The crew was very fun and made sure everyone on board was satisfied. After feeding sharks they took us to a different are to see dolphins.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Sharks and Dolphin in the same trip. Can't beat that! Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
One of the best boat tours we have experienced!
Michael_K
, Oct 2021
We had great views of the feeding sharks, and later several dolphins. The crew were very approachable and made sure we had an enjoyable experience, and had respect for the marine life.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Must do!
Michelle_C
, Oct 2021
Was a great excursion!! We really enjoyed it! We saw sharks and dolphins. The crew was friendly, and insured everyone had a chance for a front row view!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave
star-5
Sharks feeding
Richard_M
, Sep 2021
I wanted to see sharks And I saw them. We had a very Good time. And we still saw a large pod of dolphins. I was very happy with the knowledge that the crew and captain had about sharks and dolphins. I recommend them 👍
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 5 STAR REVIEW! It's nice to be appreciated. Hope we see you again soon. Captain Dave

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