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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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Professional guide
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.
Stop At:  
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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star-5
Must-do tour for families
Jingjing_C
, Jun 2022
Fantastic experience! Must-do tour for family. We saw sharks and dolphins and other wildlife. It is beyond our expectations!
star-5
Exciting
Jo_O
, Jun 2022
My son wants to be a marine biologist and wants to work with sharks so we decided to do the trip. Both teenagers said it was the best part of the trip.
star-5
A must if you love sharks!!!!
Katherine_M
, Jun 2022
The captains were interactive and informative. His granddaughter was an additional crew member who came around to talk with us and share information on sharks. They got us right up with the sharks and gave us all enough time to see them feed and take pictures. The dolphins were great and we got lucky to catch a sea turtle before it dove off
star-5
Bucket List Trip June 2022
Kenneth_M
, Jun 2022
I wish I could bottle my wife's excitement after this experience. The shear joy left her walking on a cloud all day. I lost count of the sharks some where after 20. This is a bucket list experience. Imagine sharks turning the ocean into a washing machine spinning around. There was plenty of room and pretty easy to move around so that everyone gets to be "Front Row Center Stage". The crew was very knowledgeable of the animals, the area, and the history. We were having such a great time we may have stayed out a bit longer than stated ......shhh don't tell the boss
star-5
Wonderfull
Nicolas_G
, Jun 2022
very friendly crew. extraordinary experience. we saw giant turtle sharks and dolphins. I highly recommend it
star-5
Fantastic shark and marine life tour
Ross_C
, Jun 2022
Genuinely loved this trip. I was very impressed by the enthusiasm, care and fun the tour guides provided. On our trip not only did we see sharks but we also saw dolphins - mainly because the guides are always listening to reports of sightings to make sure you get the most out of your trip. I imagined this would be good but it really exceeded my expectations. The guides are very knowledgeable and approachable. If you like sea life and would rather see animals in the wild and not in tanks then please just book this trip you won’t regret it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Guy_D
, Jun 2022
Such a great experience, we saw lots of sharks and then dolphins as well. The captain was a real pro, lots of facts and funny stories to keep us entertained. A fantastic way to spend a few hours, highly recommend.
star-5
Loved this trip, we had a...
terisowder
, Jun 2022
Loved this trip, we had a great time!! The captain and his son were excellent guides and we learned so much. A wonderful experience.
star-5
Hang with the sharks!
Merrideth_G
, Jun 2022
My 7 y/o is such a shark enthusiast and to see so many lemon sharks so close was super cool! Captains Dave and Clay were very knowledgeable and shared personal experiences while we enjoyed hanging out with the sharks. The weather "dampered" our chances of seeing other animals, but still an excellent value and we did it all---parasailing, snorkeling, etc!
star-5
Recommend it
Asli_U
, May 2022
It was a great trip just 2 hours. Recommend it. We didn’t get a chance to see the dolphins which 80% of the time is a possibility but still had a great tour around the Key West.
star-5
How much passion the...
Dawn_W
, May 2022
How much passion the captains had for the sharks and their well-being. Also learning more about the sharks in general.
star-5
Lots of Fun!
Pamela_M
, May 2022
I went with my husband, 2.5 year old son, and my mom. We had a really good time. Lots of great shark and dolphine footage. The crew is Very Knowledgeable, I learned A LOT of very interesting facts. It's a great family trip. My son even got to feed a fish tail to the sharks and it made his day :) Great time, Definitely recommend this trip 👌
star-5
Outstanding, exceeded expectations 100 stars
Douglas_I
, May 2022
Captain Dave and his nephew Clay were simply the very best, outstanding, worth every Penney, saw lots and lots of lemon sharks, and then weren’t over to another area and saw loads of dolphins jumping and having a great time, exceeded our every expectation, plus we saw a manatee briefly in the harbor as we were leaving. Captain Dave and Clay were extremely knowledgeable and very informative about sharks and dolphins. Highly highly recommend this excursion!!!!
star-5
Great Adventure!
Ann_L
, May 2022
Highly recommend this adventure. My husband and I had a great time! The crew was extremely knowledgeable!
star-5
Great way to spend your morning!!
Donna_W
, May 2022
The Captain and First Mate were very informative and answered everyone’s questions. It was a great excursion!
star-5
Great experience!
Heather_F
, May 2022
We had a great time on this shark adventure. We saw a ton of Lemon sharks. They came right up to the boat and were fed Bonita fish. Such a cool experience. We also saw a bunch of dolphins swimming around in the dolphin’s playground. We’ve never seen so many in one area. Dave and his nephew were great tour guides. They know a lot about sharks and dolphins.
star-5
Awesome shark experience
Andrea_H
, May 2022
Had a great time on this excursion! Guides were awesome and we got to see tons of sharks and dolphins! Would recommend this to anyone looking for something fun to do
star-5
Amazing wildlife experience
Melinda_H
, May 2022
Great trip. Captain Ken and Clay were amazing and very educational. We saw sharks and dolphins very up close. Great trip.
star-5
Amazing Shark 🦈 Adventure!
Borderline_P
, May 2022
This was an absolutely amazing adventure for me & my son. We got to ride at the front of the boat, we got to see over 20 Lemon Sharks eating up close & personal, we even saw some dolphins. My son was able to feed the sharks the leftover fishtail from the bait, it was just super excellent 👍 Thank you guys so much, Jack & I will definitely be going back again as soon as possible, I can't say enough about this experience, you gotta see it for yourself.
star-5
Don’t miss this adventure!
Shirley_E
, May 2022
My video of the sharks actually feeding. We’re so happy we went. Everything was perfect. Thank you to the Captain and his “favorite” son. 🦈😂

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