Snorkel Tour To Looe Key?

What snorkel tour did you use to go to Looe Key? I've had trouble finding them. I only seem to find Looe Key Resort and Dive Center which seems to only offer a whole day tour and it's mostly for divers but they seem to also allow snorkelers. Did you use them and how was it for snorkelers? I didn't know if a whole day was too long too. Thanks for any information.

We leave Wednesday for two weeks in the keys. We'll also rent a boat out of Marathon to go to some of the snorkeling spots near there. Any other information or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

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Apr 24, 2010
Looe Key Snorkel Trip
by: Galen & Nicole

Yes, you do want to take the Looe Key Resort And Dive Center trip. It is from 10am to 3pm. And you need that much time to really experience Looe Key. They take you to three different snorkel spots on the reef, each a bit different. And if you don't feel like being in the water that long just hang out on the boat a bit. One benefit of their trip is that they are located the closest to the reef, so you get a shorter boat ride and you get as much time in the water as you want (no rushing you out after a short snorkel).

And yes, it is excellent for snorkelers. We only had two divers and a bunch of snorkelers on our trip.

Make sure and reserve your Looe Key trip.

There is another company that runs out to Looe Key. It leaves from Bahia Honda State Park. It costs a bit less, but you have a much longer boat ride and much less time in the water (they only go to two spots).

One thing I would recommend is to bring your own lunch and lots of water. They will offer to sell you a little lunch, but it is just hot dogs.

Finally, we also looked into renting a boat. The problem is that there are some crazy shallow waters and some heavy fines. It is kind of tricky. But if you feel comfortable with it all go for it. Maybe the boat rental company will provide a good GPS system with routes?

OK. Have a great time and please come back and tell us how it all went. We love seeing pictures!

May 26, 2013
Big Pine Small Boat Suggestion
by: Karen Signell

We've snorkeled for many decades in the Pacific and Atlantic, and we've found comparatively good snorkeling out of Big Pine in Florida to Looe Key. It is a healthy reef with purple fans and live coral and close-ups of fish like parrotfish, angelfish and even spotted rays.

Big Pine is half an hour drive from Key West. We go out with Innerspace on the Atlantic side of the highway below the traffic lights. It's a small operation run by Chris and John who were especially accommodating to us. They take just 6 persons on their small boat docked behind their store. There's a morning and an afternoon trip, both with two snorkel spots, for about 45 minutes each. The boat trip is about half an hour to the reef.

I'm 78 and found that the boat smacks the waves and jars my seat, but it's not too bad. I wondered about the vertical ladder back into the the boat, but Captain Rick offered his hand, and I managed quite easily. The water is comfortably in the 80's in spring and summer, though this May 2013 we used light wetsuits for the unseasonably cool 77 degree water you'd expect in January.

Enjoy!

Apr 12, 2016
Innerspace out of business
by: Patrick Ellis

I'm just researching our Keys trip, but I just want to report that regretfully Innerspace, recommended above (and many other places), has gone out of business.

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