Welcome to Key West Eco Tours.


This is who we are

  • We always promote conservation efforts.
  • As stewards, we conduct ourselves with the best interests of the animals and their habitat in mind.
  • The best method of inspiring motivation for conservation is by personal experience
  • Small groups allow our professional guides the opportunity to introduce the natives to you.
Paddle Hut crew

Local Appreciation Day at Geiger Key Paddle Hut

We love and support our locals!  On Saturday, June 1, 2013 we co-hosted a Local’s Appreciation Day along with The Fish Camp at our Geiger Key Paddle Hut. more info

Tortuga Jack leading the way.

The Best Kayaking in the Lower Keys.

We know the perfect spot to take you kayaking.  If you looking for a birders paradise, we got it.  If you are looking for the path less traveled  we got just the spot for you.  No experience necessary to enjoy the natural beauty and wonders of the Florida Keys.


World Class Bird Watching awaits you.

We love winter in the Keys for many reasons like sunning on Key West’s beaches, biking in shorts and flip flops in January, beautiful sunsets, but what we really look forward to every year are all the birds that take refuge in the Florida Keys.   more info


Another good reason to swing by the Geiger Key Paddle Hut.

We are very please with our new paddle boards.  They are very stable, and easy to maneuver.  We rent them by the hour, day, or week.  Call our number at the hut 305-296-4126 to find out details.  Our hours 9 am to 5 pm.  Check out our Geiger Key Paddle Hut on Facebook..


Southernmost Razorbill? Maybe

“Whoa….Is that a penguin?”  That is what my husband George asked our guest on board Java Cat on Saturday, December 9th, 2012.  He changed course and headed towards these 2 birds.   They were chasing pilchers along the flats.  What caught his attention was the way they moved through the water.  They look like they were flying underwater. more info


Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival

It’s one of our favorite events.  The 14th Annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival, located in the subtropical Florida Keys, is scheduled for September 2012 , with core event dates of Sept.  25th through 30, 2012, and will be anchored at Curry Hammock State Park, MM 56.2, Marathon, FL.   more info

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Java Cat

Did you know Java Cat is the last sailing 6 passenger catamaran that takes guest to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge? It’s true.  Avoid the crowds, enjoy an all inclusive four and half hour charter with us.  We provide towels, equipment, lunch & beverages, and an experience of a life time. more info

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International Coastal Cleanup

International Coastal Cleanup: A Day on the Water to Make a World of Difference. Reef Relief will be celebrating the 27th year of the International Coastal Cleanup with a community kayak shoreline cleanup on Saturday, September 15th of Geiger Key. Kayaks are being generously provided by Key West Ecotours. Please RSVP by emailing us at reefrelief@gmail.com or on Facebook



Private Sunset Sails

We offer private sunset sails nightly.  If you want to avoid the crowds and have a personalized experience Java Cat is the perfect answer!  $295.00 includes light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music of your choice or just the wind in the sails for an intimate experience.  We have witnessed many engagements and weddings on Java Cat. Give us a call for more details.


For Local’s Only~Monthly Paddle Pass

For Locals Only~Monthly Paddle Club
Pay $50 a month for unlimited access to a paddle board or kayak. No sign up fee, no time obligation. All you need to do is call our Geiger Key Kayak & Paddle Board Hut ahead of time to insure availability for you.  305-296-4126 is the direct line to the Chickee Hut at Geiger Key Marina.

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If you have had the pleasure of visiting the island then you would know that boat charters are everywhere. Almost all are overpriced, crowded, and underperforming. I am happy to report that the Java Cat Eco Tours was anything but. Our first trip we opted for a half day kayak and snorkeling tour a small mangrove island about 4 miles off of Key west. Our guide Capt. George took the four of us out. What a great experience! He was incredibly knowledgeable of the local area and wildlife. We had the good fortune of snorkeling with Sea Turtles!! Very Rare! Our group was so impressed that were kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner. So we re-booked for a full day charter on our last day of vacation. I wish I could remember the second Captains name who took us out but he was equally impressive and welcoming. They are reasonable in price and flexible. They truly want you to have a memorable experience. The previous year we chartered another catamaran and spent the same amount for a half day with them compared to a day and half with Eco Tours.
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something more than an average experience. Eco Tours is exactly that. You will learn more in one day out on the water with them than month on-shore. We are already planning our next trip and will be heading straight back to the Java Cat! Thank you again guys, great job!

“GREAT” | 02/28/2012

Just returned from the all-in-one tour of sailing/snorkling/kayaking–what a great time! Our captain/guide, Johnny, was fantastic and very knowledgable about the incredible array of wildlife and the unique ecosystem of the keys and mangrove islands. We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and would highly recommend this trip–the lunch on board ship was terrific, too!

“Highlight of my trip!” | 03/23/2012

Reviewed March 11, 2012

My son and I had some big activities planned, but all three were cancelled last week due to high winds. We were really disappointed, but our concierge suggested we take a kayaking tour with Key West Eco Tours and we were very pleased. Tortuga Jack knows his mangroves and gave us a lot of information. There were 6 kayaks in our tour, so it was a small enough group to be able to ask questions. I highly recommend this!

“Great trip with Bethany” Reviewed July 5, 2012 NEW | 07/12/2012

Reviewed July 5, 2012 NEW

Perfect way to spend an afternoon. A little sailing, some kayaking and snorkeling. Small and very low key. Our guide, Bethany was great. Would recommend it!

Visited July 2012

“Kayaking in the Keys better than the booze cruises.” | 03/23/2012

Reviewed February 23, 2012

Had a great tour. Jack our tour guide was awesome! He knew so much. Tour was layed back. Get to learn about the Keys, see wild life, and kayak in the mangroves. If you want to see the back country and tired of the booze cruises and tourists traps, this is for you. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

“Worth every penny!” | 07/12/2012

Get so much for your money! Sailing on a catamaran, kayaking in the mangroves, snorkeling and to end a perfect day, being served some delicious food. Our host, Yajaira, was extremely knowledgeable and capable in all aspects! Being a part of a small, intimate group made it all the more enjoyable. I highly recommend this!

Visited June 2012

“Very Fun and Informative” | 09/09/2012

“Very Fun and Informative”

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2012 NEW

We booked this trip after looking through a book at our concierge desk, and we are so glad we chose them! It was so great to really have personal experience like that. With similar tours out there, this is what really set them apart. We had Betheny as our captain and tour guide. She really went out of her way to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves, and felt comfortable. She was very knowledgeable. We also met the owner, George, who was really helpful and informative about things in the city. We are so glad we booked this trip, it will be something to remember!

“The BEST Tour!” | 09/09/2012

I cannot recommend this tour enough! My boyfriend and I were looking for a small tour so we were not jammed onto a boat with 100 other people, and this was just what we wanted. The tour is limited to 6 people, plus the captain. Our captain was John, and he was wonderful – very relaxed, knowledgeable, and had great stories.

You definitely get your money’s worth with this tour – definitely check it out!

“Really enjoyed!” | 09/09/2012

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

We had Ed as a guide and he was knowledgeable and fun. It is easy for people of all ages and seeing the mangroves was just amazing. We would definitely come back when will be in key west next time!

“Highlight of our trip!” | 11/21/2012

Carla was our guide for the day and the trip was awesome! We snorkeled, kayaked and got to see dolphins jumping in the water three times! She is funny, knowledgable about the wild life there and a wonderful guide. The tour was only four people so it was a calm relaxing trip away from the craziness of Duval St. Good family activity as well.

Visited November 2012

“Excellent morning trip” | 02/08/2012

I went on the morning sail/kayak/snorkle trip. The captain/guide took us out to a mangrove island and expertly pointed out nurse sharkes, various birds (including bald eagles), and other wildlife. Kayaking around the island was my favorite part, it was a little windy going back to the boat so I felt like I had a good little workout, but it was not too difficult. While the guests were snorkeling the captain prepared a light lunch (curry chicken salad, bread, fruit and veggie). It was very windy and cold after getting out of the water, so bring a jacket. He put the sail up for the ride back to key west. The boat is small, in addition to me there were only four other adults on the trip- it makes for a very personal experience.

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