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“Amazing Snorkeling, And Plenty of Time to Do It”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Spirit Snorkeling

Spirit Snorkeling
Ranked #3 of 80 Tours in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Spirit Snorkeling of Marathon – providing daily snorkel trips to Sombrero Reef & Pirate’s Cove. Specializing in families and first time snorkelers, our friendly crew will take you on a fun filled adventure to the either the Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary and Lighthouse or to our special location on the Florida Bay—Pirate’s Cove. Sombrero Reef is the third largest barrier reef in the world and this beautiful 30 acre coral reef ranges from 2–30 feet deep with thousands of tropical fish. The Sombrero Lighthouse was built before the Civil War and today still helps mariners navigate the Keys with its light. Coral Reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. They are second only to the tropical rain forests in the number of species they harbor, and indeed are sometimes called “The Rain Forests of the Sea”. You haven’t really seen the Keys until you’ve seen our under water areas. If the weather is too rough to go out to Sombrero Reef our dedicated crew will take you over to Pirate’s Cove, where the water is generally much calmer. Here you will see many species of tropical fish, under water plant life, lobsters and even sea horses. The water is quite shallow, making it a perfect spot to snorkel. Even sightseers enjoy our trips as many species can be seen from the boat. We take no scuba divers, we only go to shallow water snorkeling locations and Back Water Eco tours.
Albany, New York
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing Snorkeling, And Plenty of Time to Do It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had never snorkeled the Keys before, and were expecting "nice" but not WOW. Turns out, the Sombrero Reef had every bit the excitement and variety of fish that we had seen in the Caribbean. And swimming with several carpet-sized spotted eagle rays was the icing on the cake!
The water was clear, as we were treated to waves and waves of colorful fish. What a fantastic feeling to be swimming among them, and the Spirit crew gave us plenty of time to do just that. We've been on other snorkel excursions that included spinnaker rides, meals on board, and stops at tiny islands, but this one was all about the snorkeling and we loved it. I believe we must have had at least an hour in the water, giving us ample time to really explore this glorious reef. Truth is, we could have stayed there all day, but I guess you have to dry off sometime.
Thank you, Dan and Donna, for your welcoming spirit and for cluing us in on what makes the reef off of Marathon so special. We would definitely do this tour again.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Barbara K
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Ingram, Texas
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“Great day at sea with Spirit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

We came back with our teens this time. We were here a year ago on our honeymoon. We enjoyed the Spirit trip so much we came back and brought our teens along. The Crew was awesome. Captain Dan was great. We even had a lil old couple who got on thinking that this was an island hopping charter. Captain Dan was very nice and explained that this was a snorkeling tour. They declined and left the boat, he remained very professional through out. ( found out later they did not even pay, they just got on the boat haha). the snorkel tour out to the Marathon lighthouse was beautiful. Were able to view all sorts of marine life on the coral reef. the entire operation was first rate that is why we are repeat customers. Great Job guys!!!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Derek R
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4 reviews
“Excellent snorkeling trip- very knowledgeable crew!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

We had a great time with Dan & Donna- learned a lot about the area. Highly recommend! Keep coming back!

Visited June 2014
Thank Slansche
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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great snorkeling trip at a very reasonable price!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Spent a great morning with Spirit Snorkeling! The price was much better than the trip that left from the resort we were staying at on Duck Key...something larger groups should really consider! They also have a coupon online to help save a few bucks more! The ride out to Sombrero Lighthouse was fun and the Captain & Divemaster were very pleasant and helpful! They gave a nice overview and history of the area and good pointers on the best spots were to see while snorkeling. The current was STRONG that day...had to keep swimming just to keep from getting pushed behind the boat, but as long as we kept moving, we were fine. LOTS to see down there!! Rays, fish, barracuda, coral...really amazing and beautiful!! The Captain helped recommend places in Marathon to go eat and other things to do...very supportive of the local business community!! Never heard a negative word from him. Will definitely go with Spirit again!!

Visited June 2014
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Marathon, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

I live in the Keys yet had never been on a snorkeling trip to the Sombero Lighthouse. I went with a friend from out of town and we had a wonderful time. The captain and dive master were very helpful especially with my friend who isn't a strong swimmer. They also gave a brief history of the lighthouse and the reef that was very interesting. As well as lots of fish we were fortunate to see sea turtles and dolphin on our trip. All in all I'd do it again in a heart beat. Thank you Spirit for a great afternoon.

Visited June 2014
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