Water sports in Key West

Plan your Day of Key West Water Adventures!

Our opulent oceanfront location is nearby to all of our favorite Key West water sports! From the clear blue waters and perfect tropical weather, our island paradise provides year-round opportunities to enjoy water sports in Key West. Scuba diving and snorkeling, parasailing and jet skiing, inshore and offshore fishing, sailing, kayaking, kite surfing and paddle boarding are just a few of the amazing Key West water adventures you can experience during your stay.

Scuba Diving

Key West water sportsEnjoy scenic diving in the Keys at one of the many unique locations for scuba divers to explore.

Vandenberg Wreck

Key West water adventuresVenture in and out of the accessible compartments of this magnificently preserved underwater WWII era Navy ship.  The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, at 524 feet long and 10 stories high, is the second largest artificial reef in the world! Enjoy schools of fish, barracuda, and small sharks as you investigate the ins and outs of this deep sea jungle gym. Located only 7 miles offshore in 140 feet of water, with top areas of the ship only 40 feet deep, the Vandenberg Wreck is definitely the best diving in Key West for all skill levels.

Alexander's Wreck

Key West snorkelingAlexander's Wreck is a 300-foot US Navy destroyer escort that was purchased from the Navy to form an artificial reef. The remains of this ship now lie in 25 feet of water five miles west of Key West. Divers occasionally will find military artifacts, and deck guns from its past military use are still visible. The area is also a thriving center for ocean-life and is known for its population of protected Goliath Grouper.

Ten-Fathom Bar

diving in Key WestThis is one of the few mini-wall dives in Florida. The wall begins at 25 feet and drops quickly down to 130 feet. The water is generally clear and full of porcupine fish, eagle rays spiny lobster, and colorful tropical fish. This is a popular location for diving in Key West, and the fish are so friendly that grouper tend to approach divers for treats!

Other Great Diving In And Around Key West And Snorkeling Sites Include:

Key West water sports

  • All Alone
  • Aquanaut
  • Cayman Savage Master Shipwreck
  • Eastern Dry Rocks
  • Joe’s Tug
  • Marquesas Reef Line
  • Nine Foot Stake
  • Rock Key
  • Sand Key
  • Smith Shoal
  • The Sambo Reefs
  • Toppino’s Reef or Toppino's Buoy
  • Key West National Marine Sanctuary and Dry Tortugas

Swim With Dolphins!

Water sports in Key WestEmbark on one of the most memorable Key West water adventures and swim with friendly dolphins! With the guidance of highly trained staff at Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, you can choose to enter the natural habitat of the dolphins and swim alongside them, or you can work with a dolphin trainer and take part in a structured swim where you have hands-on contact with your aquatic friends. This is a one-of-a-kind Key West experience that you don’t want to miss!

Key West Fishing

Fishing in the KeysThere’s nothing quite as relaxing than spending some time out on the open water with a beer, your close friends, and a fishing pole. Fishing in the Keys is well known as some of the best fishing in the world, so why not take advantage of local expertise by enjoying a chartered fishing tour around Key West? Bonefish, tarpon, and permit are favored inshore species; jacks, Spanish mackerel and barracuda also abound, especially in the winter months. Burly grouper and snapper haunt the reef areas while acrobatic dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), billfish, tuna, and wahoo cruise offshore.

Flats Fishing

Key West fishingDon’t miss the unique opportunity to go flats fishing in Key West! Our mild tropical climate attracts an abundance of bonefish and permit throughout the late summer and fall months, while barracuda and cobia visit in the winter and spring.

Reef Fishing

Fishing in the KeysCatch your own dinner when you go reef fishing in Key West! The Florida Keys are home to the third largest living reef in the world and yield a variety of impressive bottom dwellers. Black, Gag, Red, Yellowfin, Scamp, and Yellowmouth Grouper as well as Yellowtail, Mutton, Cubera, and Red Snapper will be prime targets during your action packed day on the sea!

Sport/Big Game Fishing

fishing in Key WestThe most exhilarating sport fishing the tropics have to offer can be found in Key West! The local waters offer a wide variety of large game such as sailfish, wahoo, tuna, dolphin (mahi or dorado), marlin, barracuda, shark, tarpon, grouper, snapper and more!

Parasailing

Sailing in Key WestCross another Key West water adventure off your Bucket List when you glide over the quiet ocean during your parasailing trip! Fly solo or with a friend while our experienced staff takes care of your equipment and safety. Parasailing is a great way to see unique views of Key West and feel the breeze at an elevation of 300 ft.

Jet Skis

Water sports in Key WestExplore Key West in wet 'n wild style fashion on a Jet Ski or Waverunner! There are several rental locations with great paths that you can take around the island at your own pace. Whether you want to bounce along the waves or leisurely enjoy the island views, this Key West watersport is a unique experience that you will always remember!

Boats Of All Sizes!

Sailing in Key WestAny Key West experience is incomplete without a day on the ocean. Get your sea legs aboard a sailboat, yacht, or schooner at one of the many Key West charter boat locations! Set out on the open sea with a drink in hand and the ocean breeze on your face. Boating in Key West is a great way to relax and leave the hustle and bustle behind for a day.

1400 Duval St, Key West,
FL 33040 (305) 296-3141