When people think about taking a trip to the Florida Keys they usually think of going out to bars and restaurants or enjoying the street performers and artist on Mallory Square during the sunset celebration. But few people get to see the natural side of Key West. Key West and the Florida Keys in general are not only rich in history and culture but also are a gorgeous natural paradise and one of the best ways to see the natural beauty of the Keys is aboard one of the many Fury Key West vessels that offer a wide array of water adventures. Excursions are available for every taste from snorkeling, parasailing and sea kayaking to Sunset Cruises and Reef Eco-Tours aboard the Fury Glass Bottom Boat. Private Charters are also available.
We chose the Island Adventure and Sunset combo which would take us out in the water for the whole afternoon: first a snorkeling trip to the reef, then some time for relaxing on a remote sandbar and finally watching the Key West sunset. It was the perfect date for us with just the right combination of adventure, relaxation and romance!
The afternoon was gorgeous, the turquoise water surrounding us from every angle as we sped towards the reefs. I even got a chance to work on my tan. 😉
As soon as we got to the reefs everyone put on their snoingkle gear. It had been about 20 years since I had last snorkeled and I was a bit nervous but with Damian’s encouragement and direction’s I got over it quickly and jumped right into the water. Once in the water, looking at the gorgeous coral I completely lost track of time. The water was crystal clear and the reef was filled with colorful sea creatures from impressive schools of blue-striped grunts to toothy green moray eels.
After snorkeling we headed off to the sandbar. The boat docked off the shores of a beautiful, secluded and desserted mangrove island. This was a real tropical paradise, white sand beaches reached out to the warm blue waters of the the Gulf while the rest of the island seemed engulfed in bright green vegetation.
We boarded the sea kayaks and rowed towards the island. This was my first time on a sea kayak and the experience was really unforgettable. Sea kayaking is very different from rowing in the river or canal.
As we paddled towards island I really felt close to the sea and to nature. While paddled, gliding along the surface of the water close the mangrove shoreline we could see fish swimming alongside in the clear water. An Osprey scanned the surface looking for lunch and as the late afternoon sun painted patterns on the water a group of pelicans flew above us.
Our tour guide Damien took us to the mangroves and explained how the these mangrove islands had formed. I loved how passionate he was about the Keys and it’s natural wonders and you could really feel his enthusiasm and love for nature as talked about the unique ecosystems and animals that can only be found in mangrove forests.
We then took the kayaks to the sandbar where we rested, enjoyed some beers that Damian had brought with him from the boat and spotted crabs, conchs and star fish.
Whether we where snorkeling in the reefs surrounded by schools of colorful fish, on the sandbar enjoying some beers and listening to Damien talk about the different critters we encountered or kayaking towards the deserted mangrove island it was clear to me that safety was always the main concern which made for a very relaxed trip.
As we came back we enjoyed a privileged view of the Key West sunset from the water. The harbor was filled with sailboats and we could see everyone on Mallory Square during the evening sunset celebration. It was all very romantic and the perfect ending to a perfect day out in the water.
We where in Key West for almost a week and our on the water adventure with Fury Key West was a truly unforgettable experience. We had so much fun and it was the perfect way to bond as a couple doing things we both enjoy, sharing an adventure together and taking all the natural beauty that Key West has to offer.
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