Snorkel Tour To Cheeca Rocks And Hen and Chickens?

by Cindy
(Snowy Ohio)

I would like to know what snorkel tour you used to get to Cheeca Rocks, Hen and Chickens in the middle Florida Keys?

We are planning a trip to Marathon and looking to find one or two nice snorkeling trips and who to go with.

We've done Looe Key twice and are looking for something different for a family of four.

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Dec 16, 2009
Don't miss snorkeling Sombrero Reef
by: Galen & Nicole

Hi Cindy,

We took a boat out of Robbie's Marina to go to Cheeca Rocks, and Alligator Reef (well worth doing).

For Hen & Chickens we had a unique experience. Cheeca Lodge at the time was closed for rebuilding after their fire. But they decided to run some of their snorkel boats from a nearby marina. And we took the very first trip. And it ended up being just the two of us on a forty foot boat with the captain and his friend. So that was a pretty nice experience. So I would check in with Cheeca Lodge to see what they are running now that they are open again. But I also think Robbie's Marina occasionally goes there.

But if you are in the Marathon area, you have to go to Sombrero Reef. It is the highlight of the area. A variety of catamarans go from Marathon.

Have a great time and please let us know how it went when you get back.

Dec 29, 2009
Sombrero Reef then?
by: Cindy

Who did you use for Sombrero Reef then?

Your pictures look very nice and sounds like you had a great day for snorkeling. We are going late March. What time of the year did you make your visit to Sombrero?

Dec 30, 2009
Snorkeling Sombrero Reef
by: Galen & Nicole

We did our last Florida trip in May and we took the Spirit catamaran. It was a good experience.

Mar 27, 2014
Just back from Sombrero Reef and Cheeca Rocks
by: Laura

I just returned from snorkeling in the Middle Keys.

My first day out was with Starfish Snorkeling out of Marathon to Sombrero Reef. I would only recommend them if you have reservations (not the call ahead kind). They cancelled the morning trip I was booked on and the guy at the window said it was because of wind. However when I came back in the afternoon and suggested it was because there weren't enough people for the morning trip, the woman at the window said yes, that was why they cancelled.

It was a 30 minute boat ride out to Sombrero Reef and the water was swelly (is that a word?) so some people got sick. The toilet on board didn't work and there were 29 of us. Not a great experience. Still, the reef was nice. I would recommend a wetsuit, as I was cold (this was end of March). Lots of fish, but the visibility wasn't great.

My next day was out of Islamorada with Islamorada Boat Tours, whom I would HIGHLY recommend. The trip was only 15 minutes out to Cheeca Rocks and then we also went to what they called "Cuda Reef" about 5 min from the first place.

Both had wonderful coral and fish. Saw turtles, barracudas, spiny lobster and all sorts of wonderful fish whose names I don't know! The toilet worked, I got a full length swim skin for more warmth, there were only 18 of us and a super knowledgeable captain and helpful crew.

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