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Key West Schooner Appledore Backcountry Eco-Tour: Sail, Snorkel & Kayak

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Set sail aboard our classically-styled schooner as she departs Key West's Historic Seaport for a full day of sailing and exploration through the  pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Observe complex ecosystems and flourishing marine life as you snorkel the backcountry's own unique patch reef and kayak through centuries-old, uninhabited mangrove islands.  Enjoy our ample and diverse buffet lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the duration of your trip.  Adults are welcome to indulge in bottomless beer and wine on our leisurely sail back towards the harbor.


  • Family friendly
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Breakfast included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water



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Average 4.91 out of 5 stars based on 11 verified reviews from Cool Key West and TripAdvisor

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Timothy, Aug 2020 Verified
Amber and Dan are amazing. Amber is so personable and knowledgeable. Thank you to you both. We had a great time and learned lots while enjoying excursion and nature too.
Evelina, Aug 2020 Verified
Great trip! Wonderful staff and amazing experience with snorkeling! Make sure to go on the right side of the boat to snorkel and where the reef is. Bc there is so many fish! Also saw huge crab and stingray!
Charistian, Jun 2020 Verified
Excellent. Great captain and crew and the experience both snorkeling and kayaking was a wonderful dose of natural beauty.
Kevin B, Jun 2020 Verified
We had the absolute best time!!! Was a very educational and beautiful experience with our High School graduate, great way to send him off to college. The Capt and First mate(Ray) were very attentive and made our trip one to remember for a lifetime. Thank you to both of them and Sebago for sharing adventure with us.Kevin
Patrick W, Jul 2019 Verified
Though weather interfered with the completion of our tour, the crew was wonderful and we would go back in a heartbeat.
Monika H, Apr 2019 Verified
The Tour was organised perfectly, staff was very nice, professional and friendly. Plenty of good food and drinks (sangria was amazing) lots of time to relax on boat nets. The boat was modern, clean and spacious. Kayaking was great, I enjoyed it the most. Great fun squeezing between mangroves. It was my first time ever snorkelling, so I was a little anxious at the beginning but staff was very reassuring,vigilant and always around. There was not much to see under the water though....apart from couple of fish. For the first time I think snorkelling was ok. I enjoyed trip very much. My only suggestion would be...as it is called Eco-Trip, I would expect a recyclable/bamboo or wooden/paper cutlery, plates, cups. Overall experience was great. Highly recommended.
Ida S, Aug 2017 Verified

The experience was changed early Saturday morning for a Catamaran. We left our hotel open minded. It turned to be amazing, we had a fantastic captain and crew. Our small children were accommodated with the proper gear for snorkeling which was the highlight of the trip for them - open ocean, shallow reef, beautiful weather! - We had a fantastic kayaking time around a mangrove key and our children saw species of birds, nurse sharks... to later splash and play on a light padded foam laid to float on the open ocean safely close to the boat. The breakfast was very nice, lunch was great as well, open beer bar for adults, water and juice for our little ones! Good music and got very lucky to have a great group of travelers along on the catamaran.

Lori B, Jul 2017 Verified

Awesome captain and crew. Very small group on this trip. They made my grandson feel very special. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting a sailing,kayaking and snorkeling trip.

John M, Sep 2016 Verified
Great day on the water. I was fascinated to learn of the boats history. The staff was kind and knowledgeable. I have already recommended you to several friends.
chris s, Jul 2016 Verified

Excellent tour, great value for the money. Loved that they restrict trips to small groups just 8 of us. Super attentive staff on board who cater to your every need and truly want to ensure you have a good time. Too bad we couldn't raise the sails that day. But the snorkeling and kayaking and water play and sight-seeing were superb! A big shout-out to the on board crew of the Appledorf -- Jason, Jess and Jess -- y'all rock.

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