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Miami Beach, United States
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icon15 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get ready for fun in the sun on this day trip and snorkeling adventure off the coast of Key West from Miami. Ride across 32 islands from Miami to Key West, explore the island city, then sail away on board a spacious 50-foot catamaran vessel. Jump into the water off the coast for a snorkeling session above a coral reef with 600 different species of marine life. Professional snorkeling instruction provided. Relax, feel the warm sea breeze and enjoy the day. Miami hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Ride across 32 islands on this scenic day trip to Key West
  • Enjoy a cruise to the coral reef in a 50-foot (15-meter) catamaran
  • Receive professional snorkeling instruction
  • Discover tropical fish, reefs, and animals

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

You'll have some time to explore fun-loving Key West on your own before boarding the catamaran cruise to the coral reef. No worries if you've never snorkeled before -- the professional crew will have you discovering the exotic marine life in no time!
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Day Trip to Key West
Round-trip bus transportation with English/Spanish driver
All taxes, fees and handling charges
3-hour Snorkeling adventure
Professional snorkeling instruction and equipment
6 Hours of free time to explore Key West
Area to change in/out of your swimsuit
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Admissions unless stated

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6:00 AM
Gray Line Miami Offers pickups at over 200 hotels in the Miami Beach and Downtown Miami areas, if your hotel is not listed please enter it manually and call us to confirm pickup time Hotel Pickups are outside by the main entrance
After a Miami hotel pickup, begin the long bus ride to Key West, driving across 42 bridges and 32 islands on the way. Once in Key West, enjoy time exploring the island city and seeing its top attractions, like popular Mallory Square, where everyone comes to hang out, eat, and shop. Be sure to make a stop at the popular Hog’s Breath Saloon.

Then, hop on board a 50-foot catamaran vessel for a cruise off the coast. Try a snorkeling session above a coral reef in the Key West wildlife refuge. Before diving in, get some simple instructions from the experts, then prepare to see more than 600 species of colorful fish, coral, and other sea life that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. All the equipment—a snorkel, mask, fins, and vest—are included.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: The snorkel portion of the tour is subject to weather conditions and it is not known if the snorkel portion will operate until you are in Key West. If it is not safe to operate you will be refunded for the snorkel portion of your tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Must know how to swim
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Miami
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 Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:This tour offers pickup from most Miami Beach & Downtown Miami Hotels.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I book the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami if I do not yet know where I will be staying in Miami?
A:Yes - Simply select "I will select my pickup location later" when confirming your reservation. Be sure to contact the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to let them know where to pick you up once you've confirmed your hotel.
Jun 2021
Q:
Approximately what time should I expect to be picked up at my hotel for the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:Pickups are typically between 6:00 am and 7:30 am. Please be sure to confirm directly with the local tour operator to confirm your exact pickup details.
Jun 2021
Q:
How do I confirm my exact pickup details for the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:Please contact the local operator directly at the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to departure to arrange meeting/pickup details.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any age restrictions to participate in the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:Although allowed, this tour is not recommended for children under 6 years old.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:Bring your camera, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a bathing suit/towel.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any stops on the way to Key West during the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:Yes, there is one rest stop on the way to Key West to use the facilities if necessary.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the snorkeling tour during the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:You will spend approximately 3 hours exploring Key West's coral reef, which is the 3rd largest in the world. It is home to numerous fish, animals, and plants. This reef can be snorkeled year round because of its warm, tropical waters.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used for the snorkeling tour during the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:You will board a comfortable, 65-foot catamaran for the snorkeling tour to Key West's beautiful coral reef.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami if I do not know how to swim?
A:All participants must be able to swim.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami?
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 Key West Sail and Snorkel Trip from Miami.

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star-1
Human lives in danger due to failed regular maintenance to thier buses
Mayada_H
, May 2022
I would never use them a gain. They placed 55 humans lives in danger. Our bus broke down on our way to key west. We were stranded in the middle of nowhere for over four hours. I would never ever use them again
star-4
Worth it
Casey_D
, May 2022
First time in Miami and saw this trip come up for things to do. Super glad we went with the snorkeling option. The boat was fun and we so many different fish
star-1
Terrible customer service
Nicholas_R
, Feb 2022
We had it cancelled literally 10 minutes from arriving in the keys I’ve been given no update regarding refund and Viator and gray line Miami have been very frustrating to deal with. Total incompetence in regards to customer service and professionalism.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience for the...
Jerry_B
, Jan 2022
Great experience for the kids. First time for them on a boat and the crew were very entertaining and polite
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Beware of Gray Line Miami SCAM
Khoa_P
, Jan 2022
Beware of scam by this company: Gray Line Miami. After booking a snorkling trip for 3 for $370.00, bad weather caused the snorkling portion of the trip to be cancelled, so they did a partial refund as expected. However, this is where the discrepancy comes in: they refunded only $160.00, meaning they are charging us over $200.00 for the ride from Miami Beach to Key West. To put it in perspective, this same company has another listing on Viator for the trip only without snorkling for only $49.00 per person. That means they're over-charging us for our ride by over $50.00. When reached out about this discrepancy, their rep gave us the run around to contact viator and have viator contacting their manager without any actual result. Also, even though they have the option for you to manually type in where you're staying, they don't actually pick you up there. They just use that to determine where you needed to go to get picked up at 6am. We had to catch an uber to another location when there's another pickup point 2 blocks from our rental which their rep didn't tell us about (we found our on our way back to Miami Beach). Driver and host were awesome, nothing against them, but I'd rather spend my money elsewhere instead of this agency. Very shady and not being upfront. Overall, I am very disappointed in the trip as our entire purpose of going to key west was to snorkel. Not only was it cancelled due to unexpected weather, we ran into issue with the refund amount, making it a waste of a trip. Shop elsewhere guys, make sure your tour is not operated by Gray Line Miami. Avoid them at all cost if you don't want to run into the same issue as us. I should have listened to the bad reviews before booking. Lessons learned.
star-3
Big group, but felt safe
Jill_H
, Dec 2021
The driver and tour guide were great, most everyone wore masks and we felt safe, but the bus smelled like the toilet in the back. It’s too long of a drive from Miami to have to smell that there and back. Also, this is a big tour group on the bus and the snorkel trip (40-45 people), so if you like something more personal, I would choose a different tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The CAPTAIN !!
Charles_T
, Aug 2021
That Captain belongs on Netflix with his own show!!!! Lol 😂 Omg he was truly amazing & funny!! Free drinks , sailing , snorkeling , it was truly amazing.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
Bus is very old and we...
mohamed_M
, Aug 2021
Bus is very old and we took like 9 hours from key west to Miami It was a bad very experience I do not recommend it for any one
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Fun! Needs a little more time there so cut out stopping for breakfast
jamie_c
, Aug 2021
Everything was great. The only issue was it felt rushed doing the snorkeling experience since we stopped for breakfast on the way down. It would have been better to warn people to eat before pick up or bring food. That way people have more time in key west to shop and choose a restaurant and experience the town. We arrived and had to go right to the snorkeling spot and when we got back we had an hour and a half roughly to try to eat and see the city which was not much. If breakfast was not stopped for that would have given more time to see key west. We had to uber to the two spots, the southernmost point and back to the bus station, or we would have missed both. The snorkeling was amazing however and our tour guide was awesome!!!
star-1
The expectation was not as expected
Salvador_B
, Aug 2021
The expectation was not as expected, a long time under the sun, the boat does not have enough shade for the clients, they took us down to dive in an area where there were no fish and the environment was not fun
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Rough travel but the island is worth it
Koby_K
, Jul 2021
Key west is beautiful, that bus out there need some work though. Seats are broken so you’re laying on the person behind you or someone is laying on you and the AC doesn’t work. The drive there and back is rough but the island itself is worth it. Highly recommend snorkeling!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Never riding a bus again EVER
michael_c
, Apr 2021
I really enjoyed the snorkel part of the trip. I hated the bus ride from Miami to Key west. The ride was very long. In retrospect I think that is too much traveling in one day for 3.5 hours on the water. In addition the bus was very uncomfortable. Everytime we hit the slightest bump it felt like the bus was going to break apart from the impact. One other thing is that Viatar sent me to the wrong location for the excursion. Luckily I was able to find the right place with a few minutes to spare.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Better than the reviews below!!!
Lindsey_T
, Apr 2021
The bus ride was not nearly as bad as the reviewers were saying. You’re tired from waking up early anyway so you can either sleep or look out the window and see all the keys on either side as you drive down to key west. Our guide was great. We stopped an hour in to get breakfast and continued on the way. He talked a bit about the keys and when we got off the bus he took us exactly to the snorkel area and even gave us more time to explore after the snorkel trip! The snorkel trip was great, the waters were choppy but once you got in it was completely clear to seeing the fish and sea life below. They gave us refreshments after and it was a great time. We then had two whole hours to explore key west and eat. We then got back on the bus around 6ish and it was a pretty quick ride back to Miami. We got back around 10:30pm. You’re so exhausted from the day most people fall asleep and you don’t even realize we are already back. Definitely one of the best snorkel experiences I’ve been on.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Megan_B
, Apr 2021
Fantastic staff and wonderful spot to see the beautiful reef and all the wonderful sea life! I was thrilled with the entire experience!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very caring and fun tour
Melissa_W
, Mar 2021
The day was not ideal but the group offered more than once to back out of the trip and we’re very upfront about making sure we understood the conditions were not ideal for the best trip. They still made it a really fun and memorable experience.
star-2
Brutal bus ride for 40 minutes of snorkeling
Jason_C
, Jul 2019
The snorkeling was a lot of fun but we were on the bus packed like sardines for 4 hours there and almost 5 hours back.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
It was a trip with double decker bus...
Anna_O
, Mar 2018
It was a trip with double decker bus , thus there were a lot of people on the trip. Because of that the pick-up delay occurred and we waisted some time waiting for others. In the bus, the toilet is reserved just for 'number one', what was repeated by the guide several time. At the beginning it was funny, but taking into account that there was just one stop on the way to the key west, and none on the way back, it was not funny anymore. Catamaran and snorkelling was fun, however coral reef was not very visible due to the windy weather, so we just haven't been lucky. Nevertheless I recommend it . The team on the boat was super nice, and helpful, and it all felt very safe. SUMMARY: go to Key West, but find another operator who will drive you there in better condition, time and for cheaper price.
star-5
Loved it! Tour guides were great! It...
Caitlin G
, Aug 2017
Loved it! Tour guides were great! It is a long drive so make sure you take something to entertain yourself on the bus, or a pillow to have a nap also pack a jacket, the bus is always cold
star-5
Highly recommend, long day but its...
Dominik_F
, May 2017
Highly recommend, long day but its worthy, nice bus guide, amazing and pro cruis crew, unforgettable experience!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The sailing part of the tour was...
Kim G
, Apr 2016
The sailing part of the tour was fantastic, and I'd highly recommend a day out on the water to appreciate the tropical feel of the Keys. However, I was expecting a bit more from the bus tour down to Key West - it was basically a shuttle service that stopped at McDonalds and dropped you at the wharf to then go find the snorkeling tour. I only had 50mins before and after the snorkeling trip, which wasn't really enough time to see or do anything else. As a result, I don't feel like I know much about Key West from the experience apart from walking past the many t-shirt shops and bars. Snorkeling trip - 5 out of 5, bus trip just a 1 I'm afraid.

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