The towering sails of the Quicksilver rise like a snowy mountain over the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys, cutting a picturesque figure amid the early morning sky. The tranquility of this postcard-worthy scene is interrupted by the whoop of a lone figure running and jumping off of the catamaran, her body plunging into the waters with an ebullient splash. This bold leap prompts her fellow snorkelers to follow suit with hapless hurdles and controlled submersions into the water. Champions of introducing visitors to Florida's awe-inspiring reefs and the diverse wildlife therein, Reef Roamer Catamarans leads guests through the secrets of the salty depths with daily snorkeling adventures in and around John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Setting sail on one of two 50-foot, custom-built catamarans equipped with on-board bathrooms and shaded cockpits, Reef Roamer's US Coast Guard master captains and first mates pilot groups of aquanauts out to open waters for early morning, midday, and sunset snorkeling sessions. Sojourns under the sea afford guests resplendent views of protected reefs teaming with multicolored citizens such as about 55 types of coral, more than 600 species of fish, and graceful turtles.
Captain Curt has been fishing and diving in the water of the Florida Keys since he we a young child. Now, as the owner of Curt-a-Sea Fishing Charters, he leads groups on fishing expeditions and tours in these same waters. His groups go fishing for tuna and wahoo offshore and redfish and snapper in the backcountry. Inshore, the fishers can look for sailfish and even kingfish by keeping an eye out for their tell-tale scepters. For a bait-free outing, try a snorkel or scuba trip down to a submerged wreck or coral reef. Meanwhile, island-hopping trips take visitors to the best beaches, shopping centers, and restaurants around the Keys.
Sail Fish Scuba’s intrepid staff guides patrons across the sapphire waters of Key Largo’s natural reefs and leaps into the water with them from the sun-soaked decks of a fleet of boats. On the guided snorkeling tour, staffers splash into Key Largo’s warm waters along with guests to highlight the reef’s colorful depths and lively fauna. Sea plants wave in gentle currents and sunken wreckage flaunts seaweed-draped history as guests propel themselves along the shimmering surface with flippered feet. Throughout the tour, guides snap approximately 100 digital souvenir photos above and beneath the water, allowing patrons to remember meetings with famous fish long after autographs wash away.
Lifelong diver Captain Slate is very popular with an unusual demographic: fish. For more than 35 years, he's been cuddling with nurse sharks, petting moray eels, and feeding barracuda by holding bait in his teeth. These animals?who have been featured with him on many television programs, including Ripley's Believe It or Not?have grown so accustomed to people that they report in regularly for Captain Slate's Creature Feature excursion, a dive that allows groups to touch the tamer beasts instead of just sketching them in waterproof notebooks.
Captain Slate labels the Creature Feature as his favorite dive, but it must have been hard to choose from so many different sites. On any given day, he might take clients through coral kingdoms or the hull of a shipwreck, such as The Eagle. (Look out for the two goliath groupers that live there?they're the size of cars.) New divers can earn their flippers beforehand at one of many diver certification classes. And, if you meet someone special during a trip, Captain Slate can even conduct your underwater wedding.