The Florida Keys hold many natural treasures with a day trip that will give you an introduction to the most fragile ecosystems in the world and many endangered species. This one focuses on the coral reef and mangrove island habitat, which are disappearing fast as development continues to put huge stresses on the limited natural and human resources of the Keys.
Our tour offers the opportunity to snorkel offshore in the John Pennekamp State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The reef is off-shore, about 3 to 6 miles out, therefore, snorkeling must be done off a boat instead of wading in from the beach. Snorkel depths on most of the reefs we visit range from about 4’ to 30’ and a one-way trip to the reefs is about 30-40 minutes.
Pick Up from Mayor Hotels in Miami Area.
Lunch at Local Restaurant
Transportation from Miami to Key Largo
8:00 AM HOTEL PICK UP (MIAMI AREA)
8:30 AM DEPART TO KEY LARGO
We’ll set out on a field trip to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first undersea park in the country. One of our Group Leaders, a certified Florida Master Naturalist, will take us on a mile-long walk through mangrove habitat over pathways and boardwalk. We’ll learn about the importance of mangroves to the reefs and why the mangrove system is the second most productive bio-zone on the planet.
11:30 AM LUNCH AT LOCAL RESTAURANT
1:30 PM SNORKELING
After transferring by van, we’ll travel by boat for our first reef snorkeling field trip to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, one of 15 protected marine areas under the jurisdiction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This living, shallow-water reef teems with vibrant color and activity.