I'm going to be in Key West this week for 3 days and am wondering what people recommend as the best snorkeling trip. There are a few things that I'm looking for in a snorkel trip.
I'm a pretty seasoned snorkeler with my own gear and I like to snorkel where I can see a lot of things and aren't afraid to swim down 20 feet or so in the water to check out things down there. It doesn't HAVE to be in a 3-4 foot reef or something, although I do like seeing reeflife up close as well.
I would also like to see big fish. I've never been to the Keys, but there seems to be some awesome predatorial fish down there that I wouldn't see in other tropical places, like baracuda's and sharks. It would also be REALLY awesome to see dolphins in the water while snorkeling, as I've never seen one while snorkeling, although i've done a "swimming with the dolphins" excursion before in Cancun.
I'm also looking for a trip that is simply snorkeling - I'm not interested in kayaking or anything.
Many of the snorkel trips I've been on outside of the USA had open bars on them as well, do they have any of these in Key West?
I am also planning on taking a sea plane most likely to Dry Tortugas one of the days, and I've heard there is great snorkeling out there as well from the shore, so I'm looking for other tours other than this.
I've heard about the Danger and Echo tours, but the Danger one seemed to only have Kayak adventures, and I couldn't tell about the alcohol situation on the boat too.
So anyone have any other suggestions or recommend anything specific that might fit some of the wants I'm looking for?
On a side note, we're going to be in Marathon for 3 nights as well after Key West, so if there are any snorkel places up there that people recommend I'd definitely like to hear about them as well.