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Biologist Guided, Dolphins & Snorkel

Key West, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Billy

4 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

As a thank you for booking with me you will get 30% off my "Simply a Sunset Sail" on our sailing catamaran!

You will meet me at my electric catamaran, Squid, under our HONEST ECO sign. If you do not see a time or date that works for you let me know! I can probably figure something out.
We will depart from the dock located at the Historic Seaport. We will then head out on the water to an area that I know which provides a year round home for about 200 wild Bottlenose Dolphins.
This is my moment to share the wonders of these marine mammals with you, while always operating my vessel in a manner that is safe and respectful of the dolphins and their need for space. With the right know-how I can usually find dolphins in under an hour and in calm waters. After observing the dolphins many different behaviors from the boat we will head to one of my favorite spots to snorkel with sponges, coral heads or a patch reef. I will take you to the best place with the best visibility that day. I'll be your guide, leading you around a calm snorkeling spot and point out animals that make our ecosystem unique and answer any questions that you have.
Other things to note
Check in at the HONEST ECO boat Squid.
The maximum number of guests I have on board is usually between 6 and 12 people. No more than 12. I note this because this site will give a guest maximum but that is usually just the amount of spaces I have left.
As a thank you for booking with me you will get 30% off my "Simply a Sunset Sail" on our sailing catamaran!

You will meet me at my electric catamaran, Squid, under our HONEST ECO sign. If you do not see a time or date that works for you let me know! I can probably figure something out.
We will depart from the dock located at the Historic Seaport. We will then head out on the water to an area that I know which provides a year ro…

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What's included

  • Food
    Fresh fruit
  • Drinks
    I use stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottles. This is so we can use le...
  • Equipment
    Cressi Snorkel masks, snorkel, and fins
From $117
/ person
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Fri, Apr 23
$117 per person
$117 per person
Sat, Apr 24
$117 per person
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$117 per person
Sun, Apr 25
$117 per person
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$117 per person

Meet your host, Billy

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 191 Reviews
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I founded and own HONEST ECO. With Kentucky bluegrass roots and a B.S. in Biology, I found a world with a blue sea too alluring to ignore. I arrived to Key West in 2005. Now I have 10+ years of experience studying Biology and being on the water in Key West with the dolphins. I now own a small business, HONEST ECO, with my wife and 2 young kids. we are trying to make a big impact by educating and leading by example. I worked with David Walworth, an MIT educated Naval Architect and Principal Engineer known for his high efficiency catamaran designs to help design and engineer the perfect boat for my guests and the environment. The family, moved west and spent the next year and a half of our lives building SQUID, from scratch! I'm very passionate about being respectful to the dolphins and the environment
I founded and own HONEST ECO. With Kentucky bluegrass roots and a B.S. in Biology, I found a world with a blue sea too alluring to ignore. I arrived to Key West in 2005. Now I have 10+ years of experience studying Biology and being on the water in Key West with the dolphins. I now own a small business, HONEST ECO, with my wife and 2 young kids. we are trying to make a big impact by educating and leading by example. I worked with David Walworth, an MIT educated Naval Architect and Principal Eng…
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Where you'll be

The backcountry. We will be in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge as well as other locations out on the water that we commonly know to find the dolphins.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 191 reviews.

John
April 2021
We only had two days in key west and could not have been happier with our choice to spend 4-5 hours on Billy’s boat!! The group was small and super friendly. Our hosts were phenomenal, full of knowledge, clearly very passionate about their work, and catered to everyone’s needs. Our day on the squid was the highlight of our trip, complete with multiple dolphin sightings (they came right up to the boat!) and excellent snorkeling! Thank you so much!
We only had two days in key west and could not have been happier with our choice to spend 4-5 hours on Billy’s boat!! The group was small and super friendly. Our hosts were phenome…
Steven
April 2021
Katie, Brady and Jerry were amazing hosts. Sadly only 4 dolphins wanted to play but the hosts gave lots of information about the Keys and navigation and wild life. They care about the environment and the longevity and life of the local aquatic environment.
Katie, Brady and Jerry were amazing hosts. Sadly only 4 dolphins wanted to play but the hosts gave lots of information about the Keys and navigation and wild life. They care about…
Jay
April 2021
This was my first time booking an Airbnb Experience and I was not disappointed in the least. Put on your sunscreen, leave your cares behind and come aboard the Squid for a uniquely awesome Key West adventure. Captain Mary skillfully navigated the waters while expert Biologist Jesse provided encyclopedic knowledge on everything from nautical geology to all manner of aquatic animals. And if that weren't enough, he even arranged lovely (and healthy) snack plates. You'll see dolphins cresting up from the water. You'll relax as the Squid gracefully whisks you out to sea. You'll jump into an underwater world brimming with sea creatures you observe through your snorkel mask. You'll have a great time and an unforgettable experience 👍
This was my first time booking an Airbnb Experience and I was not disappointed in the least. Put on your sunscreen, leave your cares behind and come aboard the Squid for a uniquel…
Kelsey
April 2021
We loved this tour! I so recommend it if you're interested in spending some time on the water, want to see dolphins, and want to snorkel. We learned so much about the wildlife, and the snorkeling was great. Jaclyn sent photos from snorkeling, and we were provided great organic fruit and veggie snacks. We will definitely go again when we return to the Keys.
We loved this tour! I so recommend it if you're interested in spending some time on the water, want to see dolphins, and want to snorkel. We learned so much about the wildlife, and…
Ian
April 2021
Really great 1/2 day boat journey to see how locals spend their leisure time and to check out Biscayne National park. We first spent some time at the Biscayne island, explored a little then headed to an amazing sand bar. The sand bar was by far the coolest part. It’s an elevated sandy area where you can relax, go explore the close mangrove island or just bring a pair of goggles and see the local sea sponges. Overall a really nice, relaxing experience!
Really great 1/2 day boat journey to see how locals spend their leisure time and to check out Biscayne National park. We first spent some time at the Biscayne island, explored a l…
Cathy
April 2021
Dolphins galore! Will definitely be back!! Took my family including my 87 year old mother on Honest Eco Dolphin & Snorkeling Adventure and we couldn’t have had a better time. The weather was warm, sunny and with a very slight breeze. We saw so many dolphins 15 minutes from leaving the dock. Even a mama & baby! Having Brady as the Captain & Jacyln with their marine biology backgrounds brought better meaning as we learned more on the ecology of the Keys plus a better understanding of the dolphin behavior. Also fun to talk about different areas of the country where we all lived & visited. Though some in my group didn’t participate in snorkeling they had a good time on the boat while others enjoyed being in the water. All the gear was provided & was completely sanitized prior to use. Even though it was calm you had the choice to use a flotation belt if you wanted to or not. Had lots of time to explore and never felt rushed to get back to the boat. Had great snacks on board including veggies with hummus on the way to snorkeling with fresh fruit on the way back to the dock. Believe we even saw some dolphins on the way back in too. I’m so happy that I was able to book this tour for my family as this was a highlight for my mother’s trip to Key West. I just want to say thank you for a wonderful time.
Dolphins galore! Will definitely be back!! Took my family including my 87 year old mother on Honest Eco Dolphin & Snorkeling Adventure and we couldn’t have had a better time. Th…

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Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

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