Escape the crowd on one of Key West’s most popular tours. Our half-day Java Cat Eco Tour combines the best Key West activities into an immersive eco adventure of authentic catamaran sailing, snorkeling marine nurseries teeming with life, and a guided sea kayak tour through lush mangrove islands. With a 6 passenger maximum, this all-inclusive outing is perfect for someone desiring a more personalized tour. On this intimate trip, your captain is also your nature guide, sharing with you their passion for the ocean and its marine life. The 31' Java Cat’s shallow draft allows us to explore areas other boats don’t dare to go in the Key West Wildlife Refuge. Relax under the shaded mid-deck, sun on the fore deck slings, and yes, there’s a toilet below.
Daily 9AM & 2PM
Check-in ½ hour before
Light tropical catering, bottled water & soft drinks, kayaks, snorkel equipment, expert instruction, and camera dry-bags.
Sail to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge where your experienced captain takes you on a guided kayak tour of lush mangrove islands and snorkeling in sponge and coral gardens. You don’t need any kayak or snorkel experience - we provide you with expert instruction. Included with the tour is all the necessary equipment. There is plenty of shaded seating under Java Cat’s bimini top. Sun lovers can stretch out on the expansive trampoline and watch the world go by.
Your captain plans each tour depending upon that day’s wind, tide and general weather conditions. During the hour long sail to the Refuge, your knowledgeable captain talks about Key West’s beautiful tropical mangroves, marine life and birds. Kayaking is done in an area called “The Lakes” due to its calm waters, even on windy days, and downwind trails are chosen for easy paddling. After dropping anchor at the Refuge, your captain assists you into your kayak and provides you with instruction. We use high quality sea kayaks with comfortable back rests. Effortlessly kayaking on “The Lakes” through the mangroves islands and seagrass beds, your captain guides your small group and points out the abundant marine life, tropical fauna and birds. Discover new sea creatures as your captain brings up marine life to pass around for you to see and touch. Each day is different and your captain may find sea cucumbers that squirt like water guns, Cassiopeia which are upside down jelly-fish, shells where hermit crabs take up residence, sea stars, huge sea slugs or tulip snails in their banded shells. Other species often observed (but not touched) on the tour are dolphins, turtles, rays, small non-aggressive sharks, spiny lobsters, sponges and crabs.
After kayaking, we pull up anchor and sail to another area of the Refuge known for coral and sponge gardens easily viewed in the crystal clear calm waters. This is a new world to explore from your usual Key West reef snorkel. Before entering the water, your captain provides you with expert instruction. Our snorkel gear is of higher quality than the standard rental equipment. We use short split fins ideal for the shallow water and dry snorkels that keep the salt water out. Don’t worry if you haven’t snorkeled before - its easy and this area is perfect for first-time snorkelers. You will soon be enjoying the bounty of sea life surrounding you in the aqua green tropical waters.
When you’re done snorkeling, come back aboard and rinse off the salt water with our fresh water shower. Then dig into the included delicious and healthy tropical catering. Our varied menu consists of fresh fruit, veggie slices, pasta salad, Fausto’s famous curried chicken salad, and Cole’s Peace bread. Cool off with a complimentary chilled soft drink or water. Only too quickly, its time to sail back to Key West.
Polarized sun glasses, towel, sunscreen and large brim hats. Don’t forget your camera or GoPro®! We ask that you not use aerosol sunscreen - it makes the deck of the Java Cat slippery and the chemicals in the aerosol sunscreen harm our beautiful marine ecosystem. There is a cooler with ice on board - you are welcome to bring along some of your favorite beverages and prepared food to create your own picnic in addition to what we provide. Below deck in the head, there is limited space to change into your swimsuit.
Charter the Java Cat and create your own Key West experience for up to 6 guests. Perfect for a family outing, friends exploring the Wildlife Refuge or a romantic day on the water for just the two of you. Java Cat is the ideal location for an engagement or intimate wedding. Charters are tailored to your interests and time schedule - call us to start planning your exciting day on the water.
You can reach us 7 days a week from 8:00AM until 10:00PM Key West Time. We’ll be happy to answer your questions on our tours and rentals. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.