The Best Eco-Tours in Key West
Key West is located in a natural environment that’s begging to be explored. Gorgeous beaches, low-lying colorful coral reefs, unique wildlife in the sky and sea—all of these brilliant, natural surroundings are within reach when you’re visiting. When going out into the world, and celebrating its beauty, a conscious approach that avoid leaving a harmful footprint is important. With that in mind, we did some digging to list out some of the best eco-tours available in Key West.
Key West Eco Tours is one of the highest rated tour groups in the area, and it offers backcountry kayaking and paddleboard tours, backcountry boat charters to mangrove islands and remote sandbars, as well as snorkeling and sailing trips.
One of our favorite options from Key West Eco tours is the Guided Kayak & Paddleboard Backcountry Tour. You can hop on either type of board, and paddle along with a small group through one of Key West’s unique mangrove ecosystems. Each small tour is lead by an experienced nature guide, and they leave daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
Blue Planet Kayak Eco Tours focus exclusively on kayak trips, and they know all of the best spots and times to go around the island and surrounding waters. Nighttime and sunset treks offer unique adventure opportunities, and tours are all lead by experts on local nature.
Be sure to check out Blue Planet Kayak Eco Tours in Key West’s website to see availability on the calendar. Each trip takes a maximum of ten people, to help ensure a personal experience for everyone. The trips are geared for all levels of paddlers, and along the way you can learn about local birdlife that features egrets and herons.
Check out this company for guides on eco-friendly fishing guide services, charter boats, and kayak tours. This is one of the most conscious and thoughtful of the local eco tours that offers fishing, with trips suited for deep sea fishing, flats fishing, kayak fishing, and party boat fishing.
One of our favorite aspects of the Key West Fishing, Kayak, and & Eco Tours site is that it offers information and experiences of a wide variety. This will help you plan a weekend that explores all that Key West has to offer from fishing, to partying, to relaxing, and exploring. For something truly unique, we recommend giving a fly fishing in Key West trip a go.
Namaste Eco Excursions focuses on an an ecology-based coral reef and mangrove forest exploration excursion called Citizen Science. These trips feature 30-minute hands-on reef and mangrove presentation followed by a full hour exploring one of these ecosystems.
During the exploration period, the tour provides two passionate ecology guides to help guide you to the most wondrous sights with information along the way. Some things you can pick up along the way include fish identification skills, insights on how to assess a coral reef, all while helping to collect data used by helpful scientific organizations like Mote Marine and Coral Restoration Foundation.
If you’re on the lookout for eco tours in Key West, then you have a certain level of care and responsibility when it comes to the environment. Here are a few reminders on how you can travel more green.
When you’re here, try and walk the island as much as possible—it’s beautiful and leaves no carbon footprint. Lastly, you can help leave our beaches and forests as natural and clean as they are when you visit them originally. This way, we can keep this beautiful part of the world pristine for visitors like you to enjoy.
Discover more of Key West
Planning a Key West getaway? Learn more about our hotel here, so that you can experience Key West for yourself!