Nature lovers can slip through the silent backcountry waters off Key West and the Lower Keys in a kayak, discovering the flora and fauna that make up the unique Keys ecosystem, on a Blue Planet Kayak Tours tour. All excursions are led by an environmental scientist.
Choose between a Boca Chica Tour, Wildlife Refuge Tour, a variety of Specialty Tours, and the Sunset, Starlight and night kayaking tours typically offers cooler temperatures and calmer winds than daytime paddling - as well as a quiet, serenity-inducing experience on the water. In addition, the red mangrove forests in the backcountry appear mysterious and enchanting when explored at night.
Tours begin approximately 45 minutes before sundown so paddlers can view a Keys sunset while watching birds such as pelicans, cormorants and ibis flock to a mangrove rookery for the night. After dark, each kayaker is provided with a headlamp with an adjustable beam to allow the viewing of nocturnal marine life such as lobster, shrimp and octopus while traversing the shallow backcountry waters.
The starlight tours last between 2.5 and three hours. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. While mosquitoes are rarely an issue, bug spray is provided.
Cost for most guided kayak adventures start at $50 per person, but Specialty tours may vary. Departure times vary depending on seasonal changes, and complimentary transportation is available to the departure site near Key West.
Blue Planet also offers kayak rentals. Reservations are suggested, as tours fill up fast.