Key West Reef & Island Excursions

Yellowtail Snapper at The Reef

Private Snorkel Trips

Backcountry Scenery

Private Backcountry Tours

Relax in The Backcountry

Private Backcountry Tours

Snorkeling Amongst Reef Life

Private Snorkel Trips

Watching The Sun Set

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Backcountry Sightseeing Tour

Private Sightseeing Tours

Backcountry Dolphin Watch

Private Sightseeing Tours

Reef Scenery

Private Snorkel Trips

Backcountry Fishing

Private Fishing Trips

Relaxing in The Sandy Waters

Private Backcountry Tours

Sandbar Scenery

Private Backcountry Tours

Watching Stingrays on The Flats

Private Sightseeing Tours

Fishing in Key West

Private Fishing Trips

Backcountry Wildlife

Private Sightseeing Tours

Who We Are

Private Trips To The Reef & Into The Backcountry
Snorkeling, Sightseeing, Fishing & Backcountry Charters

Looking for a laid back, private trip where you can snorkel, sightsee and/or fish? We offer single or multi activity charters to the best locations in The Lower Keys. Get off of the island and see whats out there! $100 per hour | 3-4 hour minimums | Up to 6 people. Call, email or text Capt. Clint, let's plan your day in The Keys.

  • Owner operated - integrity
  • Native guide - experience
  • Native islander - laid back
  • Green charter - eco-friendly
  • Lower Keys - location!
  • Private tours - personalized
  • You're supporting small island business - thank you!

Tours & charters leave from Cow Key Marina on Stock Island (10-15 minutes from anywhere in Key West) Click Here to Navigate to Our Location.

Our Prices
  • $100 per hour
  • 3-4 Hour minimums
  • $$ per trip not per person
Our Hours
  • 9am - 9pm for calls & text
  • Trip times 100% flexible
  • Open all year every day
Contact Us

What We Do

Snorkeling at Looe Key

Snorkeling Trips
Reef, Inshore & Backcountry

Snorkel the coral and reef areas in Key West and The Lower Florida Keys that hold tropical fish. Inshore patch reefs, shallow water snorkeling and mangrove snorkeling too. No skill required.

• 3 Hour Minimum
• Up to 6 People
• $100 per Hour

More Trip Info

Relaxing in The Backcountry

Backcountry Tours
Sandbars, Sun & Sightseeing

Navigate the sands, shallows and mangrove islands looking for shells, shark, turtles, dolphin and sting rays. See birdlife, sealife, relax on a sandbar or just get your feet wet.

• 3 Hour Minimum
• Up to 6 People
• $100 per Hour

More Trip Info

Catching A Big One in The Shallows

Fishing Trips
Casual Backcountry Fishing

Casual no stress fishing. Primarily catch & release. Our focus is on variety, size and fun. No expectations, no pressure, no trophy fishing, just good time fishing. No experience required.

• 3 Hour Minimum
• Up to 4 People
• $100 per Hour

More Trip Info

Sandbar & Friends on A Sunny Day

Multi Activity Trips
You Decide What & Where

More time equals more options, more locations and more ways to experience The Keys. Our most popular trip and a great trip to maximize a day on and in the water.

• 4 Hour Minimum
• Up to 6 People
• $100 per Hour

More Trip Info

What We See

Snorkeling with A School Of Yellowtail Snapper

On Our Snorkel Trips

The variety of sealife is colorful, raw and beautiful. It comes in many shapes and sizes and each has it's own favorite environment that it will frequent throughout the year. We visit those areas.

  • Parrot Fish
  • Wrasses
  • Barracuda
  • Blue Tangs
  • Angelfish
  • Hogfish
  • Snappers
  • Groupers
  • Spiny Lobster
  • Sharks
  • Many More
Frigate Birds Flying from Mangroves

On Our Sightseeing Trips

From sunsets to mangrove channels and sandy shoals, A sightseeing tour may be just what you are looking for. Here are some typical sights that we'll encounter.

  • Migrating Birds
  • Dolphin
  • Sea Turtles
  • Stingrays
  • Sharks
  • Mangrove Islands
  • Sandbars & Beaches
  • Key West Harbor
  • Southernmost Point
  • Gulfside Sunsets
  • Many More
Family Fishing in Key West

On Our Fishing Trips

Throughout the local waters of The Lower Florida Keys we'll fish backcountry basins, mangroves, flats, reefs, wreckage and more. Each hosts a variety of potential catches all year.

  • Barracuda
  • Sharks
  • Jacks
  • Tarpon
  • Permit
  • Snapper
  • Cobia
  • Mackerel
  • Grouper
  • Ladyfish
  • Many More
Bottlenosed Dolphin Under Feet

Other Common Sights

The mild climate is prime real estate for so many different creatures who'll inhabit the keys at one time or another through the year. Here are some other typical creatures encountered.

  • Starfish
  • Live Corals
  • Conchs & Whelks
  • Crabs
  • Jellyfish
  • Sponges
  • Eagle Rays
  • Iguanas
  • Manatee
  • Goliath Grouper
  • Many More

Where We Go

Hanging out in The Backcountry

The Backcountry

A.K.A The Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge the backcountry is a 130,000 acre refuge of shallow water, sandbars, mangrove islands and a haven for migratory wildlife all year. The depth ranges from exposed low tide areas out to the edge of the Gulf in about 10' of water.

By boat we look for dolphin playing and feeding, sea turtles catching breaths of air, stingrays sleeping on the bottom and sharks wandering for a meal.

 

Snorkeling The Coral Reef

The Coral Reef

The Florida Keys barrier reef runs the length of the island chain, the third largest in the world. First place is Australia and second place Belize. The depth ranges from exposed low tide areas out to 30' where the open ocean floor begins.

Considered the absolute best area to snorkel with a large variety of color, species, unique environment and clear waters due to it's proximity to the open ocean. We utilize the smaller inshore reefs as well.

 

Storm Over The Gulf Waters

Bodies of Water

Gulf of Mexico - Technically anything on the north side of the island chain is The Gulf. Why is the Gulf important to us? Simply put, it hosts it's own unique fishing, snorkeling and wildlife environment.

The Atlantic Ocean - Technically anything on the South side of the island chain is The Atlantic. Why is the Atlantic important to us? It's deep ocean currents and flowing food chain flood life into The Keys.

 

Meet Captain Clint

Hogfish to Fillet Slammer Bull Dolphin Speared Grouper Kingfish on The Flats Large Permit Bull Redfish
Clint & Anglers Permit Tuna on Fly Sailfish Before Release Bonefish on Fly African Pompano Tarpon On Fly

Guiding & Professional Background

Clint has worked professionally as a captain, mate and guide in many areas of The Key's ocean based industries. He actively pursues a lifelong journey to be as proficient as possible while still remaining humble. His past 40 years in the Lower Keys and past 18 years as a professional have provided him the know-how to be well rounded, above and below the waterline.

Personal Background

Big Coppit Key Grouper 1977

Capt. Clint, Big Coppit Key1977

Clint was raised in the islands of The Lower Keys. Growing up, his childhood was immersed in the local island lifestyle and the multi-layered cultures of a small, transient and ocean based town.

At age 2 , his family moved to Stock Island, before settling into a home on Sugarloaf Key. This would be where he'd spend his childhood and teenage years, most days exploring his watery backyard. Through his twenties, nights were spent playing local bars as a guitarist and days were spent on the water for fun and work. His love for the ocean eventually took lead and has since pursued a life on the water without looking back.

Also an active artist and artisan, you can find Clint's work throughout The Lower Florida Keys. If you are in town check Mangrove Studio Events for upcoming events and shows, stop by Wanderlust Boutique on Petronia Street in old-town Key West or swing by The Key West Artisan Market from October -April. Pieces include island photography in handmade driftwood or recycled wood frames, mirrors in the same tropical style frames, Caribbean signs, wind-chimes, candles and a forever evolving collection of artisan goods.

If you would like to buy any of Clint's work and have it delivered to your home contact Clint via phone, text or email.

Despite travels to other islands such as Tahiti, Maui and the Bahamas he says "I've always felt a deeper connection to islands and people of The Lower Florida Keys".

In The News

Florida Squid Find Defies Categorization, Puzzles Scientist
Giant Squid Off Key West

Capt. Clint, Key West 2007

SARASOTA, Florida -- Scientists at Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory are trying to figure out the identity of a large squid found off the Florida Keys by a charter captain last week.

Capt. Clint Moore was fishing in 850 feet of water near the Gulf Stream southwest of Key West Tuesday when he saw a large mass floating at the surface. Moore realized the creature was a squid and took it aboard. At the dock, he estimated the squid to be 13 feet long but realized it was not fully intact.

The animal was taken to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota where Debi Ingrao performed a necropsy on Thursday.

"The tail section was gone; it had no tentacles, so I can't speculate what the overall length was," Ingrao said. "What we have is 6.5 feet long. It weighed 13.2 pounds, but it may have been more than that." Ingrao also realized the squid was something strange to Florida waters.

"It's much different, very, very different," Ingrao said. "I don't know the genus. That could be my lack of knowledge. Someone who's seen 50 million squid might know what it is." So it might be a new species or even a new genus.

The thing is, I don't think people realize how many things we don't know about the ocean," Ingrao said. "We're discovering hundreds of species a day." A researcher from the Smithsonian Institution is expected at Mote on Tuesday for an attempt to identify the squid.

by Underwatertimes.com News Service - February 27, 2007 15:25 EST

F.A.Q

General Questions

  • Q: What is included?
  • A: Depending on type of trip: All snorkel equipment, wildlife identification cards, cooler of ice if requested, ample storage space, friendly instruction, professional captain/guide, all required safety equipment. All fishing equipment and licensing included too. You are welcome to bring any of your own equipment.
  • Q: What will we see?
  • A: Refer to WHAT WE SEE and WHERE WE GO for details on the most common encounters and sights.
  • Q: What will we catch?
  • A: I don't know. I can tell you we are not a meat fishing boat, nor a numbers or trophy fishing boat. If you like being on the water and enjoy the activity of fishing you won't be disappointed. With that said we are always after the big one :) I can always recommend some of the best captains in the Lower Keys if you're interested in a more disciplined type of fishing trip. Check out What We See for the most common catches.
  • Q: How many people can go on a trip?
  • A: The boat can take a maximum of six passengers for sightseeing, snorkeling and multi activity days. A max of 4 passengers for fishing trips. Some exceptions are made under some circumstances.
  • Q: What do you recommend bringing?
  • A: Sunscreen + sun protection of your choice, water, towel, camera, a light jacket on cool days and hats are a good idea too. Lunch is always nice out on the water or a sandbar. If rain is possible a light rain jacket is a good idea too.
  • Q: What is the best time of year to go?
  • A: The most comfortable months, especially for snorkeling, are the calm warm water months of summer and early fall. Anytime of year can be nice though. Wintertime cold fronts may shut down a fishing or snorkeling trip but our sightseeing trips can generally go under most any conditions.
  • Q: Do I need to know how to swim?
  • A: Non-swimmers are warmly welcome aboard but we can't allow you to snorkel in deep water or paddleboard. One alternative though is wading in the shallow water to experiment with a mask and snorkel.
  • Q: Is alcohol or smoking allowed?
  • A: Yes and Yes. Smokers need to smoke downwind or at the back of the boat though.
  • Q: What about payment?
  • A: We use the honor system so no deposit is required. If you do need to cancel please don't wait until the last day. Payment is due at the end of your trip. Cash is preferred but credit cards are accepted. Tipping is not required but always appreciated.

Video Gallery 'Mangrove Studio'

An All Day Excursion

Opting for a full day left many options open for an interesting day of snorkeling, paddleboarding, exploring, fishing and sightseeing the islands & reefs.

A Sugarloaf Key Dream

Some days when water turns to glass options become endless. This day we took out the flats boat, fished, paddled the reefs and found a message in a bottle.

Homemade Fishing Lure

A homemade barracuda lure made then put to the test on the flats by Capt. Clint on a cool sunny day in The Lower Florida Keys. A fun catch then released.

Where to Stay

Sugarloaf Key KOA Campground / RV Park / Marina / Tiki Bar

KOA Campground Sugarloaf Key

Set between the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA is a true beachfront paradise. You'll find amenities and activities designed to please everyone in the family, from sunset cruises to local fishing and beach side fun at the campground's own water haven. Dine under swaying palm trees and sip margaritas on the waterfront veranda of the campground's pub.

In addition to ocean side RV sites, Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA features the largest tent camping area in the Florida Keys. Or leave the hard work to us and enjoy the comforts of home in a park model unit complete with inviting deck to enjoy evenings under the palms. If you're looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience, try the nostalgia of a fully outfitted, iconic Airstream...... [ learn more ]

 

Where to Eat

Mangrove Mama's / Restaurant & Bar / Live Music

KOA Campground Sugarloaf Key

Mangrove Mama’s has been a landmark Restaurant and Bar located on Sugarloaf Key for over 30 years. Mama’s has a reputation for serving fresh local seafood, succulent steaks, specialty drinks and delectable desserts. Whether you are stopping in for Breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner, you will leave raving for days about our delicious fare. They are always sprucing up their menu with new and exciting items, but the staples that keep the locals coming back are their Shrimp St. Jacques, Cracked Conch, Mama’s Conch Chowder, and an award winning Key Lime Pie....... [ learn more ]

Brands We Endorse

Columbia Sportswear
Buff Headgear
Hook & Tackle

Back To Top of Page