Choose a kayak or paddleboard guided Backcountry Tour featuring downwind trails for easy paddling, even on windy days. See the wonders of Key West’s mangrove ecosystem in small, intimate groups with experienced, friendly nature guides. A hands-on enriching experience paddling through a unique coastal ecosystem. With your guide as your explorer, discover and touch some of the oceans’s inhabitants like sea cucumbers, star fish, lettuce slugs and tulip shells. Paddle the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary leaving from our Geiger Key Paddle Hut with free Key West shuttle. It’s pure paradise for nature lovers, birders, and photographers.
Daily 9AM & 1PM
A seasonal 3PM tour is also offered. Please call us for availability.
Bottled water, all equipment, instruction, camera dry-bags, and complimentary van pickup/dropoff for guests in Key West.
Escape the ordinary - only 15 minutes from busy downtown Key West, Geiger Key is a pristine paradise. For easy paddling, we select the best route depending on weather, wind and tide conditions. Your expert nature guide takes you through sheltered winding mangrove trails, pointing out native marine life, plants and birds of the Florida Keys. Each tour is different as you explore nature’s touch tank and your guide looks for unusual sea creatures to pass around and touch. Learn about this tropcial ecosystem and how the mangrove islands and sea grass beds serve as a marine nursery for Key West’s fish, animals and birds. See dolphins, turtles, rays and bright fish in the water, iguanas sunning in the trees and birds soaring overhead. Feel the tropical air kiss your skin, hear tropical bird calls around you.
No experience is necessary. Our expert guide provides you with paddling tips for both kayaks and paddleboards. We use high quality sea kayaks with comfortable back rests. Children are welcome on our kayak tours. On the paddleboard tour, we use stable, easy-to-paddle, high tech touring boards. These boards are designed for riders up to 250 pounds with a contoured nose section to cut through chop with more forward speed and a comfortable paddling position. Children must be 13 years of age or older for paddle board tours.
On each tour there is a maximum of 10 kayaks or 8 paddleboards, making it easy to follow your guide as they point out the various marine life, plants and birds during the tour. We pride ourselves on having the most knowledgeable and friendly guides in Key West so you can ask lots of questions along the way. Or if you prefer, just glide along, enjoy the sounds of nature, and soak in the natural beauty surrounding you.
A photographer’s dream, opportunities abound for nature photos throughout this Key West backcountry tour. Whether you prefer pictures of birds, animals, tropical fauna or unusual sea life this is the top Key West attraction for you. We provide dry bags for cameras.
Polarized sun glasses, towel, sunscreen, and large brim hats. Don’t forget your camera! We ask that you not use aerosol sunscreen, it makes the kayak and paddleboard slippery and the chemicals harm our beautiful marine ecosystem. You will probably get wet on this tour - please dress appropriately. If you burn easily, consider sun protective clothing.
Key West Eco Tours is located in the Geiger Key Marina at the Geiger Key Paddle Hut, 5 Geiger Road (MM 10.5), Key West FL 33040.
For guests taking the tour, we offer a complimentary shuttle service to pick you up from your Key West location (including the Lower Keys up to MM 10.5) and drop you back off. Pick up times in Old Town are 45 minutes prior to your tour departure time and pick up times in New Town and Lower Keys up to MM 10.5 are 30 minutes prior. At time of booking, provide address of where you are staying.
If driving to the Paddle Hut, please arrive 30 minutes before departure time. There is plenty of free parking in the Marina parking lot. Limited storage is available for small items at the Paddle Hut.
The Geiger Key Paddle Hut is located at the Geiger Key Marina where there is plenty of free parking. Freshen up after your tour with a shower in the marina bathroom facilities. Finish off your day at the Geiger Key Marina Smokehouse and Tiki Bar, located next to our Paddle Hut.
Prefer to explore on your own? Paddleboards and kayaks are available for rent at our Geiger Key Paddle Hut - a great way to explore the mangroves of the Key West backcountry.
Tour guests enjoy complimentary door-to-door shuttle service from your Key West hotel to our Geiger Key Paddle Hut.
For a truly unique and memorable experience, reserve your own private Geiger Key Backcountry Tour. Perfect for creating memories to last a lifetime, whether it’s a family Key West vacation, a remarkable birthday party, or locals wanting to try something different. Reserve a trip devoted to finding your favorite bird or marine life. Great also for corporate team-building events. Contact us for more information.
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.