Board the Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Cruise Key West for a journey to observe the beauty of Key West dolphins.
Watch dolphins as they swim, play and feed
Create memories you'll treasure for a lifetime
Complimentary fresh fruit, soda, juice, bottled water
Fresh Water Rinse
Come aboard the Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Cruise Key West for an aquatic journey to observe the grace and beauty of our resident Key West dolphins.
Take our beautiful sailing catamaran on an adventure into the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As we make our way out to sea, our experienced crew and captain will share some fascinating and fun facts about the estimated 200 Key West dolphins. Together, we'll responsibly watch dolphins as they swim, play, feed and do what comes naturally. Bottlenose dolphins are a wonder to behold and a memory you'll treasure for a lifetime.
The tour operator is a part of "Dolphin SMART", a program that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. The program was put together by many conservation agencies including NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary, National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as the Dolphin Ecology Project and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Next, we'll head to the Key West wildlife refuge where we'll snorkel along the shallow backcountry. See sponges, coral, tropical fish and more as the warm Florida Keys sun illuminates the sky. You don't have to be an expert swimmer, because our crew will provide you with guidance and top-of-the-line gear including mask, fins, snorkel and a float if you wish.
After a day on and in the water among nature's most stunning gifts, we'll begin our ride back to dock. Enjoy complimentary fresh fruit, soda, juice, bottled water.
Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.
Duration: 3.5 Hours (approx.)
Check-in time: Please check in 30 minutes before the activity start time.
Equipment and Instruction
Water and Sodas
Beer and Wine (after snorkeling)
Champagne at Sunset (with Sunset Option)
What To Bring
Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Likely To Sell Out
Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.
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.
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 tour requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given to customers' questions.
Will I get seasick on Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel with FREE shuttle to location?
If you have any doubts about becoming seasick on the water, we recommend taking a Dramamine® Motion Sickness Relief tablet the night before your trip. Some people recommend taking it the night before your cruise and then again that morning so you will not feel so drowsy.
Where is the meeting point for this activity?
Detailed check-in instructions – including meeting point address, Google map, and parking information – for Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour with FREE shuttle to location will be included in your confirmation email from Cool Key West. Please be sure to double and triple check your email address is correct at checkout so this important email makes its way to you!
Where can I park my car?
If required, parking instructions for the Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour with FREE shuttle to location will be included in your confirmation email.
What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour with FREE shuttle to location must be canceled due to bad weather, and you cannot go on another day or time, you will be issued a refund by Cool Key West.
What is the age limit for snorkeling?
There are no legal age limits for snorkeling. We have found that age 5 or 6 is a good age to learn the basics of snorkeling, however, it’s entirely up to individuals to make the best choice for their family.
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!
Do you provide a pickup service from the airport, cruise ship port, ferry, or our hotel?
Yes, Cool Key West is happy to offer complimentary customer pick-up from anywhere in Key West, including the airport, cruise ship port, ferry, or your hotel. Your Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour with FREE shuttle to location email confirmation will contain a local phone number to coordinate your pickup. Avoid expensive taxis and high price parking, and let Cool Key West make your vacation easy.
Do you offer pick up at one location and drop off at another?
Yes, you may request a shuttle drop-off at a different location within Key West.
Do we get to swim with or touch the dolphins?
As an active member of the Dolphin SMART program, we do not have physical contact with the dolphins on Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour with FREE shuttle to location. We watch them in their natural habitat from the boat.
Can we use our own snorkeling gear?
The snorkel gear we use on Cool Key West tours is high quality and for your protection, the equipment is sanitized after each use. However, if you feel more comfortable using your own snorkeling equipment, feel free to bring it on the tour. Please note, there is no discount for providing your own equipment and we can’t be responsible for any lost or damaged items.
Can I go snorkeling if I cannot swim?
Yes, this is possible, as long as you are comfortable going into the water. All Cool Key West snorkeling tours adhere to strict safety regulations and have been designed to be enjoyed by all.
Your safety is our #1 priority, which is why:
You will be wearing a flotation device at all times.
On many tours, there is a stairway from the boat into the water so you won’t have to “jump” in!
There are trained staff in the water and watching from the boat at all times.
For these reasons, we believe that even non-swimmers can have a wonderful time on our snorkeling trips, however, the final judgment call is yours to make. Please note we do not give refunds if you decide not to snorkel on the trip.
Average 4.85 out of 5 stars based on 89 verified reviews from Cool Key West and TripAdvisor
809bethh, May 2023 Verified
Fantastic crew and excursion! We saw tons of dolphins and great instructions for snorkeling. We were traveling with 4 adults ages 21-50 and this trip was perfect. Zach and Paula were excellent at educating us on the safest way to snorkel. We saw lots of fish of all colors! We would highly recommend this trip for all ages!
Culture32522581999, May 2023 Verified
1000000/10!! This experience exceeded my expectations. The tour guides were so fun and kind! They made the experience so enjoyable! I highly recommend booking with Cool Key West ! Next time I return to key west I will be booking this tour again and trying the jet ski tour!
923maddiem, May 2023 Verified
First time going snorkeling and had a blast! The crew was super welcoming and made sure everyone felt comfortable during the entire trip. They were super knowledgeable about snorkeling and the ocean life and taught me so much! They made the trip memorable and fun for everyone. When back in Key West I will be booking another activity with Cool Key West !
aubreyt594, May 2023 Verified
We had a great time on the sail and snorkeling tour! The crew, Scott and Charles brought great vibes and knowledge and really made sure everyone had a great time.
JBUKSOUTH, May 2023 Verified
Maybe we got lucky, the weather was great, the sea was calm and only had 10 on the trip. The Crew, Captain Scott and crew hand, dive master and all round good guy Charlie, were welcoming and friendly. Everything is provided by BILLY’S s9 if you don’t have snorkel, mask fins, towel, don’t worry, they got you covered.
Took us out to a great spot, seven miles off Key West, for snorkelling. Some of the best snorkelling I’ve ever had, plenty of fish around. Then it was on to spot Dolphins and again we were lucky enough to see several. Drinks and snacks provided make it an all round good tour, thoroughly recommend them.
Jill_A, May 2023 Verified
Zac and Paula made our experience so special and Zac took us right where the manatees, dolphins and we even got to see turtles. What a great day we all had.
ChristineKH99H, May 2023 Verified
I cannot explain what a blast my group of 4 girlfriends had on our trip! Both Captain Scott and First Mate Charles were extremely knowledgeable and informative for the entire trip. A member of our group was still feelings the effects of Duval from the night before, Scott & Charles were the best with some hangover recovery. We left right on time out of the marina on Friday 4/26 for the 1:00pm trip. We did have a little bit of chop but the Captain Scott was sure to make the ride as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We were able to see multiple pods of dolphins including a few babies! The snorkeling was relaxing and enjoyable for our small group. First mate Charles got in the water and was guiding and helping everyone identify different varieties of fish and coral. We had a beautiful ride back into the marina with lots of drinks, cocktails and snacks. If you are a novice on a boat or to snorkeling I cannot recommend Barefoot Billy's enough. I loved the smaller group as you received a much more personal experience than the other large crafts on the island. I would definitely recommend Captain Scott & First Mate Charles if you can book your trip with them.
Scott D, Apr 2023 Verified
Awesome tour and crew. Saw multiple dolphins and the snorkeling was great. Zach and Paula were fun and knowledgeable.
lrdunkel, Apr 2023 Verified
We had an amazing time! Scott and Charles were awesome hosts. We were lucky enough to see the Blue Angels practicing for their show!
We will definitely do another tour with Barefoot Billy's on our next visit to Key West.
Pushkar B, Apr 2023 Verified
Great activity in Key West! Captain John and Tyler were amazing.. we enjoyed snorkeling but no luck with the dolphins.. next time maybe!!
Wonderful on board experience with all nibbles and drinks!
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