10 Best Things to Do on the Water When Vacationing in Key West

One thing about vacationing in Key West is that there is just as much to do out on the water as there is on the land. The waters surrounding the island are teeming with coral, tropical fish, and ship wrecks, making it a prime destination for divers and snorkelers, and outfitters like Lost Reef Adventures offer both. Kayaking and paddleboarding are exploding in the Keys, and provide a wonderful opportunity to get some exercise. Kayak Kings of Key West has some of the most unique mangrove tours on the island, while Key West Paddleboard Yoga offers a relaxing twist on the usual yoga routine. Blu Q offers fun day cruises for gay visitors and has been a popular attraction for more than 15 years.

For a little romance, Danger Charters embarks on surreal sunset cruises, while the free spirited Schooner Wolf let's you play pirate on the ocean. Bring home a catch of the day with Gulfstream Fishing charters or try something a little more fast-paced like the thrilling White Knuckle speed boat rides. Hunt for sharks with Key West Extreme Adventures, or fly over the water with Jet Pack Adventures, a futuristic new ride that lets visitors strap on a water-powered rocket. Our experts at 10Best have rounded up a mix of water activities so you can find one that fits your interests.

JetPack Adventures
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This futuristic new company is the first of its kind to offer commercial flights on water-powered jet packs, and are only offered in South Florida (for now). Daredevils can soar upwards of 30 feet into the air while controlling height and...  Read More

Lost Reef Adventures
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Unlike some of the other snorkeling trips, Lost Reef gives guests two full hours of snorkeling at two different coral reefs. One day scuba dive "sample" courses, as well as more advance reef and wreck dives are offered as well. If the seas are...  Read More

White Knuckle Thrill Boat Rides
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It's not just a boat ride - it's a theme-park style heart pounding adventure. The New Zealand-style boats can zip across just four inches of water at speeds up to 55 mph, and can perform thrilling maneuvers and 360-degree turns. For a calmer...  Read More

If you're the type that cancels all your plans during the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," then this adventure tour is just the ticket to get your adrenaline pumping. Join the "shark whisperers" Captain Ken Harris and Captain Dave Harris on a...  Read More

The Schooner Wolf
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If you have ever wanted to play pirate, the Schooner Wolf has just the ticket. As a flagship of the Conch Republic Navy, the vessel and has led numerous re-enactments of the famous water balloon battle that took place on April 23, 1982. The ship...  Read More

Blu Q Catamaran
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The Blu Q is a must-do for gay visitors to the island; it has been a top choice among travelers for more than 16 years! The "Sunset Strip Sail" is two hours of music, dance, and male entertainers – with sangria, beer, and wine. During the...  Read More

Kayak Kings of Key West
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Kayak Kings is a new venture by a veteran kayak guide, Alec James. On a cruise ship and have a time crunch? Not a problem. Kayak Kings is extremely accommodating. Typical excursions are offered for every skill level that include a combination of...  Read More

With the rise of paddleboarding in the United States, particularly in South Florida, and the increasing number of users practicing yoga, combining the two seems like a natural fit. The two instructors are skilled in Sampoorna yoga and Krama...  Read More

Fishing is away of life in the Keys, and the island chain is often considered the sportfishing capital of the world. While fishing is lot of fun, it certainly isn't a cheap activity. With most charters on the island charging $600 per group for a...  Read More

There's no shortage of sunset cruises in Key West, but Danger Charters' signature Wind and Wine cruise is top notch. As the sun slips below the horizon, keep an eye out for the Keys' mystical green flash. Eight different fine wines, a selection...  Read More


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