Welcome to our blog, this is where we will be sharing photos and thoughts of the beautiful Florida Keys Backcountry wilderness.  We specialize in Mangroves and personalized service. You will find current events, migration reports, & much more. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you.

Local Appreciation Day at Geiger Key Paddle Hut

Paddle Hut crew

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. Read More

The Best Kayaking in the Lower Keys.

Tortuga Jack leading the way.

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.   Read More

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. Read More

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.   Read More

Migration Season is here!


Java Cat

java cat heron

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. Read More

Local’s Appreciation Day

Geiger Key sign

It has been brought to my attention that I made a mistake and did not update this event page, unlike the other one. This has just been brought to my attention. Read More

International Coastal Cleanup

kayak ramp

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 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.

Our Tiki Hut at Geiger Key Marina

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We now have a phone at our Tiki Hut on Geiger Key. So if you want to call and get information on rentals, or reserve a paddle board or kayak, just pick up the phone and call 305-296-4126. We also have added more paddle boards and kayaks to our rental fleet.

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Key West to Cuba sailing club KWACS


CUBA from Key West is only 90 miles. That makes Havana closer to Key West than MIAMI. These intrepid adventurers took to crossing the Florida Straits on HOBIE CATAMARANS! Crazy. Read More

Bellenger Blog

captains onboard java cat

Greetings from the Bellenger’s.  We will be posting often in this location about unique experiences and pictures of our local wildlife and guest that chose to come out with us.  Everyday we find something to marvel at, so our goal is to share with our guest who visit our website.  Stay tuned….

Florida Keys Eco System


Key West National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds and other wildlife. This refuge was the first established in the Florida Keys and one of the earliest refuges in the United States. The refuge encompasses more than 200,000 acres with only 2,000 acres of land. The area is home to more than 250 species of birds and is important for sea turtle nesting. The islands are predominately mangrove with a few beaches and salt ponds. Read More