The proprietors of the Andrews Inn highly recommended Danger Charters. Do you really want to go with a firm providing you with outdoor activities named "Danger"? Absolutely! We chose their "full day" Sail, Snorkel & Kayak Day Trip". The excursion features guided kayaking through wonderfully enigmatic mangrove islands, snorkeling on pristine and uncharted patch reefs and wrecks, and, of course, sailing! As we climbed aboard the sailing ship "Dangers Prize", I noted two things. The first was that this voyage was limited to 4 couples and a crew of 2. The crew - 2 women. Captain Wendy and First Mate (or whatever the position is called) Amelia.
Amelia turned out to be a tremendously knowledgeable, energetic, and talented snorkeler, naturalist and kayak pilot. She also knew how to raise and lower the sails and keep her footing on the bow pulpit (or whatever you call that part of the front of the ship where the "Jib" thing is). Wendy was extremely able, warm and friendly.
The low draft of the sailboat allowed us to be one of the only vessels that could enter the offshore Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to the ¾ length wetsuits, we snorkeled for quite a while observing a Moray Eel, lots of Angel fish, a sting ray and lots of other fish and sponges. This place is not on the level of Key Largo's Pennekamp State Park. It is not very colorful and visibility could have been better. But, I'm guessing it is likely one of the best snorkel spots in the area.
Our Kayak trip was very exciting. We anchored offshore from Mangrove islands and paddled in weaving in and out of narrow Mangrove tunnels and out into large bays with lots of interesting birds. At one point, we beached and walked around.
On the way back in, Captain Wendy chased (not literally chased, but approached in a cautious and non-threating manner) some Dolphin. One was a mom who was evidently showing off her baby. They do that. Just like Humans.
They served up some great food and provided lots of icy cold refreshments including beer, wine, etc.
This was a tremendous experience amplified by the extremely talented captain and crew. The full day trip is well worth the price of admission. Be prepared to tip this crew handsomely - they will earn it!
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