With normally fantastic weather and clear water, snorkeling is a popular activity in Key West.
We booked the catamaran and snorkel tour which was very fun. I was surprised that the boat took us out so far (almost an hour!) and stopped at the barrier reef. They gave a brief snorkel lesson and let you have at it. We saw some medium sized fish but not as many large and exciting fish as we'd hoped. The boat did offer free beverages on the way back including pitchers of margaritas, water and sodas. The crew on the boat was really fun and seemed to love their jobs.
I downgraded the trip a few stars because the snorkeling part of the trip seemed to go by really quickly. Additionally, the boat ride was pretty rough and quite a few people got sick.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Since Key West was added as a replacement for Grand Cayman. We found a local operator and booked a last minute catamaran and snorkel tour cruise. The tour was nice saw many colorful fish, a reef shark, tarpon and lobster. We spent the remainder of the day shopping and visiting Mallary Square. It was a great day.
Provider: Independent Operator
Took us about 45 minutes from Key West where we dropped anchor and snorkeled in the open ocean for about an hour and a half. We didn't see a ton of fish but the coral reef was interesting and the ride on the catamaran itself was amazing. Great people running it. Fixed us awesome margaritas! THey also created some "Dr. Dews" for the kids - layering Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew. Fun was had by all!
Provider: Disney Cruise Line