Key Largo

Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys

Badge of ExcellenceKey Largo, USA
Half Day Snorkel Trip
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket

Overview

Explore the marine wildlife rich waters of the Florida Keys. This snorkeling trip takes you out onto the water in a large, comfortable catamaran. You'll journey to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to explore reefs that are part of the third largest living reef system in the world and the only living coral reef in the United States.
  • Head out onto the waters of the Florida Keys in a comfortable catamaran
  • Go snorkeling and explore the US's only living coral reef
  • Learn about the marine wildlife you see from your guide
  • Suitable for beginner snorkelers: You only need to know how to swim

What's Included

  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Bottled water
  • Snorkel vest
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen
  • Towel

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 103800 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA

    Meet at the dive shop in the middle of the Reefhouse Resort & Marina in Key Largo The AM boat checks in at 8:30 AM - boat departure is approx. 9:00 AM The PM boat checks in at 1:00 PM - boat departure is approx. 1:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your underwater tour either begins in the early morning or afternoon, depending on which half-day tour slot you select. Make your own way to the start point in Key Largo. There, you’ll meet your guide and get familiar with your snorkeling gear—everything you need is provided for your convenience. Then, set sail on the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.

Your destination is Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: the only living coral reef in the United States, and a one-of-a-kind destination. While still on board, learn all about the wealth of wildlife that you’re likely to discover there.

Thanks to your guide’s local knowledge, you’ll head to several different dive sites where you’re most likely to enjoy good visibility and reef access. Swim near tropical fish and have the special chance to discover this unique marine habitat.

Once you’ve gotten back on the boat and returned to the departure point, your experience ends.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Erin_F
Captain John and the staff at Pirates Cove water sports were fantastic. Trip was great and John made sure we went to best location for best visibility. We got to snorkel in two spots and all the equipment was in great condition. Would definitely book with Pirates Cove Watersports again!!

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Not worth the money!
Thomas_F, Apr 2024
The location of the office is at a resort and difficult to find. The organization of who was going where and on what excursion was not clear. The water was ruff for snorkeling and ended an hour earlier than scheduled, with no refund offer.
Poor communication
Kevin_W, Apr 2024
It was canceled due to weather, but no one bothered to notify us until we were actually at the office when they opened at 8:30 AM
Great snorkeling trip in Key Largo!
Brooke_A, Apr 2024
Captain Meg was great! She was friendly and knowledgeable. We had a small group which was nice, only six of us total. We went to two locations and saw tons of fish and even a ray.
Capt. Meg made our trip perfect!
Sue_L, Apr 2024
We had a perfect day on the water! Captain Meg was the best. Tons of knowledge about the area, best places to snorkel and eco friendly education. She was funny and kids and adults loved her. She even stopped to get a floating out of the water teaching our kids the importance of treating the planet with TLC. Hearing how much the company gives back to the community wad fabulous as well. What a great overall experience!
Great Snorkel Trip
Lori_K, Mar 2024
Captain John took us on a great snorkel trip. Even with the waters being a choppy, he clearly explained what to do and we had a great time. Saw lots of fish and sea turtles. Highly recommend this tour.
Spring Break
Jeb_W, Mar 2024
Peaceful trip. Two solid snorkeling locations. The family had lots of fun. This trip was much better than trying to snorkel from the beach.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you had a great experience with us!
Snorkeling Adventure
Mary_F, Mar 2024
Enjoyed the journey as well as the snorkeling! My 17 year old daughter said it was the best thing she's ever done. We saw lots of pretty fish, barracuda and even an eagle ray! Our captain was very knowledgeable and we felt we were in good hands.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
It sounds like you had a beautiful day! Thank you for 5 stars!
We loved it so much, it...
gerrimar_v, Mar 2024
We loved it so much, it was amazing diving, we so a lot kind of fish, and one turtle. I recommend for you
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review and choosing Pirates Cove for your snorkel excursion!
Screw you just give us your money!!
Robert_P, Mar 2024
Tanya at the reception desk was extremely rude. She made several snide comments. Then capt. Tony and she sat at the desk complaining about the last group of tourists and how stupid they were. They discussed how they could make more money from fishing. These people do Not belong in customer service jobs. No focus on the customer, only how to take advantage of tourists.
Stunning day at the reefs
earl_t, Mar 2024
Located in the dive shop of the Reef House. We left promptly at 9am. Captain John was very engaging throughout the trip. We went to the reefs and it was absolutely beautiful. Took out time and never felt rushed at any point. We will be doing this again. Wonderful experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for 5 stars! It sounds like you had an amazing time!
Grecian Rocks is spectacular
Jonette_S, Mar 2024
There were only six of us on the boat which was nice. The captain was very knowledgeable and funny. I have snorkeled in Mexico & The Dominican and the Grecian Rocks in John Pennekamp SP topped them all. So many variety of fish. The colors were amazing. And then the coral was gorgeous. It was a bit rough that day but the captain made sure we stayed in the safe zone and still allowed plenty of time to explore. We also visited Christ of the Sea statue. Again, a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this tour. P.S. go ahead and wear the life preserver and use a noodle for extra floatation. You won’t have to fight the waves then and can relax while enjoying the fish and coral.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for choosing Pirates Cove for your snorkeling excursion! We are so glad you enjoyed your time out on the reef!
Amazing clear water
Erin_F, Feb 2024
Captain John and the staff at Pirates Cove water sports were fantastic. Trip was great and John made sure we went to best location for best visibility. We got to snorkel in two spots and all the equipment was in great condition. Would definitely book with Pirates Cove Watersports again!!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for choosing Pirates Cove for your snorkel excursion! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and would love to have you back!
Unsafe
Myra_B, Feb 2024
Freezing cold. waves two feet high and strong current. Not safe for moderate swimmers. Crome latter was clicking against the side of the boat as it booped in the ricjug sea. The current made it difficult to swim and the waves made it difficult to get in and out of boat.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It is our winter here;-) We do offer wet suits along with letting people know the approximate water temperature. Ladders on boats are made to move up and down and also move with the waves. They are never fixed in a down position because you cannot run the boat with the ladder hanging down. We do not take people out if it is not safe. Safety is our number one concern!
Great
Abhinav_A, Feb 2024
It was a fun experience, we did not get to see actual ocean or coral, as the host mentioned everyone in the party has to know swimming or else they couldn’t carry on with the snorkeling trip. However, the host was very accommodating and let us go on the trip where we got a chance to get in the shallow backwaters and have some fun and see dolphins as well. Our captain was very friendly and fun guy.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your review! I'm so glad you got to hear your captain was accommodating and you still got to enjoy your time on the water!
Great experience
Jessica_S, Feb 2024
My sister and I had a great time. We were not able to go out into the ocean due to choppy waves but they offered a bay side trip and it was still great! Will be coming back for another trip! The crew was fun!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your review, Jessica! We are so glad you were able to enjoy your trip snorkeling in the mangroves!
So fun
Dee_F, Feb 2024
Beautiful water and super fun crew. We swam with Ray’s sharks, loggerhead turtles, all kinds of great things. It was so amazing we actually.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so happy to hear that you had such a great snorkel experience with so much wildlife!
Great day with Captain...
CHRIS_H, Jan 2024
Great day with Captain Brad and First Mate Anya. Great humor, very knowledgeable, and fun. Brad had many time delayed "Dad" jokes!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review!
Turtles were Awesome
Chris_C, Jan 2024
The sea turtles were amazing , water was crystal clear, Boat staff were knowledgeable they made everything easy
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the kind review! It is great to hear that you were able to enjoy some sea turtles out on the water with us!
Excellent Tour Company!
Jane_W, Jan 2024
Everything about Pirate's Cove Watersports is top notch. Everyone from start to finish was professional, friendly, and helpful. The equipment was clean and in good working order. Safety was the most important thing at all times. Kate and H ran a safe trip making sure all of us were taken care of. The sea was rough on my tour, but I knew that was a possibility both from reviews here and from the crew before we headed out. I decided to take my chances. I got a good 45 minutes of snorkeling in-- lots of beautiful fish! Then, unfortunately, I got seasick-- this is unusual for me, but the swells were 3-4 feet. The first mate, H, took great care of me and the other passengers who were also a bit green. Pirate's Cove has no control over the weather and sea swells, but everything they did have control over was excellent. It's January, so I rented a shorty wetsuit for $10 and was glad I did. We had scuba divers on our trip and they did not get sick and had an excellent dive.
Family Fun!
CHRISTY_T, Jan 2024
We had a great time. We were able to see Christ of the Abyss even though the water was a little rough. We also saw many colorful fish as well as barracuda. An enjoyable swim in January!
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