On the southeast end of the island of Key West is an area that is still relatively unspoiled by development. This is the mangroves and salt ponds area of the island. Here you can get up close and personal with how the Keys looked a long long time ago.
The Mangroves are a species of trees that can grow in salt water. They don’t require land for nutrients and they have the ability to extract fresh water from the sea water. Mangroves grow into thick convoluted forests with tangled root systems. And as you might imagine, they are home to a wide variety of life forms. These mangrove islands also form pathways throughout the root systems, pathways large enough for a kayak to pass through. And those pathways are the gist of this tour.
The mangrove and salt ponds tour will take you on a paddle adventure through these mazes of trees and root systems. You’ll be able to explore the back areas and in some cases be completely covered overhead by the trees. You’ll need to keep a sharp eye out to spot all the little creatures that call the mangroves home. Crabs, shrimp, turtles, birds, and much much more call the mangroves home. Then, your tour will take you to the salt ponds, a marsh area north west of the Key West Airport where you’ll spot many species of birds nesting and feeding in the area. Look carefully when you paddle across the channel. You might even spot a manatee or two along the way.
The Mangrove and Salt Ponds tour is a great paddle trip to see some of the natural wonders of the Keys, right here in Key West.
Tour Details: The Mangrove and Salt Ponds tour launches and returns to the docks at Cow Key Marina, located at 5001 5th avenue, on Stock Island in Key West. You’ll get a brief safety and instruction talk from your guide and then it’s onto the water. An average trip lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours.
Your guide will spend the trip talking about the biology of the mangroves, the salt ponds, and the wildlife that inhabits these areas. Our guides are trained to spot any wildlife that you may encounter during the trip so that you don’t miss out on the experience.
Note: Sightings of manatee and other wildlife species will vary from tour to tour. There is no guarantee as to what you will or will not see on your tour. But we will do our best to give you the best tour you can get.
The paddle trip itself is at an easy pace and good for beginner paddlers as well as the more experienced. The kayaks we use are sit on top singles or doubles that can be paddled as a tandem or single.
What’s Included: This tour includes the kayak, and for each paddler: paddle, personal floatation device, and whistle, seat w/back, and snorkling gear.
What You Need: Clothes that you don’t mind getting wet in. (Recommended: lightweight, light colored clothing). A wide brim hat, polarized sunglasses, bug spray, and waterproof or water resistant camera. Note: If you bring any electronics like a smartphone that are not waterproof please keep them in a waterproof bag. Also, bring what ever you would like to drink, water, sports drink, and some snack like an energy bar. Alcoholic beverages are not recommended.
The Cost: The price of the 2.5 to 3 hour tour is $50 per person. Cash or credit cards welcome.
Times: The morning tour leaves between 9:00 & 10:00 am, Noon tour leaves from noon to 1:00pm, Afternoon/sunset tour leaves from 3:00 to 4:00pm. Note: Sunset tour time will vary during the winter months.
The Mangrove and Salt Pond tour is a very easy paddle tour. Most of the trip is in protected waters away from the winds and seas. It’s a great chance to see some wildlife and learn a bit about the history and biology of the Florida Keys.
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