4.5-Hour Kayak Tour of Key West National Wildlife Refuge for Up to Four or Six from Nature Watch (Up to 37% Off)

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4.5-hour tours meander through the Key West National Wildlife Refuge, with guides pointing out local wildlife and an opportunity to snorkel

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Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Not valid for 3 days before or after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $299 for a wildlife-refuge eco tour for up to four ($420 value)
  • $399 for a wildlife-refuge eco tour for up to six ($630 value)

With a maximum of six people, this 4.5-hour trip is an intimate journey through the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Paddling along in kayaks, tour-goers spot native wildlife and, if they attend the afternoon tour, a dazzling sunset. Equipment, water, and vegan snacks are provided. The tours depart at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

Kayaks: Lightweight Masters of the Waves

Better navigate the wide world of the narrow boats known as kayaks with Groupon’s exploration.

In September 2014, 3,150 narrow, human-powered boats eased into the waters of Fourth Lake in upstate New York, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest raft made of canoes and kayaks. Overhead photos show that the densely populated temporary island, with its confetti of bright colors, must have been largely made of kayaks, and with good reason. Shaped like the eye of a needle or an uptight banana, the fiberglass or plastic vessels sit low to the water and tend to be more stable and easy to maneuver than their cousin the canoe. The double-bladed paddles that propel them come in a range of styles: feathered blades cut down on wind resistance during a stroke, curved blades increase stroke power, and flat blades direct the water around the surface upon contact.

Whitewater kayaks, with short, rounded hulls and soft chines (that is, the curve of the sides) enable pilots to execute tricks and rolls in rough water. Surf kayaks are similar, but their front ends curve up more sharply for better maneuverability in higher waves. Sea-touring kayaks, used in coastal waters, such as those off the shores of Hawaii, possess flat hulls and sharp chines to stay upright in choppy waters. Kayaks with enclosed cockpits allow the pilot to roll upright when capsized, and, stretching the limits of the form, sit-on-top kayaks leave paddlers exposed but free to exercise greater mobility.

Though historians have traced the boat’s invention back more than 4,000 years to Alaskan seal hunters—who made theirs by stretching animal skins over a wood or whalebone frame in order to mimic the great whale-boned seal—modern kayaks are primarily used for recreation. Kayaking is popular for vacationers due to the boat’s ability to silently sneak up on wildlife, and athletes are drawn to the sport for its emphasis on upper-body strength. Competitive kayaking took off in 1936 when flat-water racing—which encompasses canoes and kayaks—became an official Olympic sport. Despite its North American origins, today about 90% of Olympic kayaking medalists hail from Europe.

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Wildreinlegen 7 days ago
"Great afternoon on the water"
First time to Key West and a taxi driver gave us a key piece of advice: get out on the water. We searched TripAdvisor and came across the Nature Watch Kayak/Snorkel tour. Booking was a breeze—called and left a voicemail that the owner, Jen, returned within 10 minutes. She set us up for the... Read More
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joshww11 8 days ago
"Great personalized trip"
If you're looking for a smaller group, more personalized trip this is it. We had a great time with Nature Watch and Evan. On the way out we happened upon some dolphins "playing" and were able to stop at watch those. We then continued on to our kayak spot. Evan was great as guide through th... Read More
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tsmart_00 November 21, 2016
"Enjoyable dolphin tour"
The captain took the time to explain to us, the first timers, about the ride. We enjoyed it so much and learned a lot of things about dolphins, birds, variety of boats and history of Keys, etc. So much that I couldn't remember everything. It was awesome to see baby dolphin with the mother.... Read More
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