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Top Reasons to Incorporate Snorkeling in Your Sailing Charter

March 20, 2019

At Calypso sailing, those who embark on a sailing tour of the Key West on one of our catamaran or sailing charters do so with a broad adventure in sight. That doesn’t just mean enjoying their time relaxing on their vessel, but also exploring all the islands they encounter on their trip. From exploring sea turtles and endangered dolphins at one of the islands veterinary relief outfits, to viewing spectacular bird species at one of their wildlife refuges, Key West is a premier travel destination for nature lovers.  

While Key West is known the world over for its vibrant arts culture, incredible cuisine and scenic beaches, the real star of any Key West vacation is it's abundance of wildlife —both above and below the crystal clear waters. That’s why the activity that makes a Key West sailboat charter truly phenomenal is the ability to incorporate snorkeling into each day activities. 

Even if you're new to snorkeling, or have only snorkeled a few times —the waters of Key West are the ideal place to learn and gain practice. That's because waters are particularly buoyant. After all, Key West is where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet, making the water highly dense with salt – meaning that people of all ages, shapes and sizes can float above the surface with ease.

Whether you choose one charter one of Calypso Sailing’s small catamaran vessels or one of our larger vessels, you can make your reservation with the confidence of knowing that your charter will come complete with snorkeling gear for the entire family to enjoy. That includes flippers, masks and snorkels—even sunblock —everything you’ll need to explore the local reefs.  Snorkeling adds yet another educational, dynamic and group-oriented activity for you and your family to enjoy as you sail the pristine waters of the Florida Keys in your Calypso Sailing charter. What separates Key West snorkeling from snorkeling in other regions of the world? 

Snorkel Right off the Decks of Your Sailing Charter!

Your Calypso Sailing charter won’t just transport you to the clear, tranquil seas off 
off the Florida Keys and the Bahamas —many of our vessels provide you and your loved ones with easy access to the water via onboard swim platforms and custom swim ladders. That means no dangerous bails off the side of the boat, but a relaxed immersion into the shallow waters and for your birdseye view of the wildlife below. 

Warm, Clear Water

Unlike other Florida snorkeling destinations, the waters navigated by Calypso Sailing Charters are among the most reliable snorkeling locations in the world. While other snorkeling locales promise great conditions but can’t always deliver when cool waters and rains make their seasonal approach, the waters off Key West offer ideal snorkeling conditions nearly the entire calendar year. 

Avoid the Crowds

Forget the crowded docks and packed beaches that hampered your previous snorkeling experience. You can also cast away the stress of getting tickets on the appropriate day or having your snorkel adventure postponed to another day of the week due to poor conditions. When you charter a vessel in Key West, the ocean is your playground —and you’ll have unfettered access every day during the duration of your voyage. Anchor in the clear, warm water and explore the sights below with only your boat’s party as company —no lines, faulty rental equipment, splashing kids, or unruly crowds. Your Key West sailing charter offers you safe, easy access to the water and an uninterrupted snorkeling experience you’ll cherish for decades to come. 

A Symphony of Ocean Life

The array of marine life you’ll see while snorkeling in Key West is diverse and beautiful. Jellyfish, sponges, crabs, and sea turtles are among the most common sightings. In addition, you’re likely to see active communities of manta rays, small sharks, sea anemones, squirrelfish, trumpetfish, butterfly fish, parrotfish, angelfish, and more. If you’re worried about the dangers of what wildlife you might encounter, keep in mind that snorkeling in Key West waters is traditionally safe. Best practice dictates that as long as you and your group snorkeling in a non-disruptive and non-threatening manner, the wildlife will let you observe without initiating any contact.

A Lifetime of Memories

Whether you choose to sail your Calypso Sailing Charter on your own, or higher one of our experienced skippers, renting a sailboat or catamaran for exploration of the waters and islands of Key West is a truly immersive and diverse vacation experience. Whether you choose to paddleboard, snorkel, swim, or fish—there’s never any shortage of potential activities to partake in when you set sail with Calypso Sailing. Contact  the Calypso Charters team today  today and we’ll be happy to provide you with all the pre-sail information you need to know about exploring Key West’s with Calypso Charters. Our years of experience and diverse fleet of vessels can help you and your family create long lasting memories in a way that’s far more immersive, educational and fun to conventional vacations.