Key West Eco-Tours
Take an eco-tour...
Let our island amaze you.
Almost There Charters realizes that not every visitor to beautiful Key West is an avid angler. Most however, are here because of our lush tropical settings and the beautiful surrounding waters of the National Marine Sanctuary and the Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge. Paradise!
The Sanctuary and the Wildlife Refuge are among the top most visited natural areas on the planet. No words will ever do justice and it must be experienced first hand. Almost There Charters can help you do just that. Imagine an immersive tour to our backcountry to view environmentally sensitive mangrove habitats or a swim and snorkel trip to the extremely valuable and complex marine ecosystem habitat – The Greater Coral Reefs. Mangrove and Coral reef habitats are among the most diversified in the world. They account for countless species of both marine and animal wildlife not to mention their function in support of the ecosystems in which they live.
Mangrove communities are collectively called nurseries as this is where immature species of fish and invertebrates live and reproduce. They also contain habitat for nesting birds, such as Ospreys, Pelicans, Cormorants, Herons, endangered White-crowned pigeons and many more.
As you meander through winding, mangrove enclosed channels you are surrounded with unequaled sights and sounds. Drift with the currents or anchor up and listen to the calls of parent Ospreys to their fledglings who are just learning to fly, watch the Magnificant Frigate Birds and the Great American Bald Eagles soaring on wind currents and Brown Pelicans diving on schools of bait as flocks of Ibis move from one mangrove island to another. See Cormorants and an occaisional Anhinga dive and forage for their meals.
Near shallow water transitional zones one can watch wadding birds such as the Great Blue Heron, Great White Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Green-backed Heron and Little Blue Heron. One of the most rewarding sightings is the beautiful Roseate Spoonbills as they wade seining water through their bills traping tiny crustations that give them their pink color. Watch large schools of bait erupting the surface of the water trying to escape the mouths of larger fish further up the food chain.
This is a trip of a life time and a must-see aboard Almost There Charters! Call or email for specific viewing as some of our trips are seasonal.