We’ve been providing 6 passenger maximum Dolphin Watch™ Eco Tours aboard Patty C., our spacious catamaran, since 1986, and as the largest boat in her class, she offers plenty of space for taking in the sun, the shade, and the expansive views.
For our trip, we take four hours, so that you can fully experience our resident wild dolphins as they play, sleep, hunt and mate, all in our tranquil, turquoise waters and still be left with plenty of time for a snorkel at one of our protected snorkel spots.
Join us, and you’ll walk away with a Key West Eco Tour experience to remember for a lifetime.
Our Six Passenger Max trips often sell out in advance, so book early!!
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“The ocean, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Cousteau
The waters surrounding the lower Florida Keys provide a year round home for about 200 wild Bottlenose Dolphins, and sharing the wonders of these marine mammals with our guests, while always operating our vessel in a manner that is safe and respectful of the dolphins and their need for space, is why we exist. And while our local dolphins have never been fed or trained, with the right know-how they can usually be found in under an hour and in calm waters. Once we find the dolphins, our reason for only running 4 hour trips becomes clear, as it leaves us with enough time for what we consider an honest wild dolphin experience, and because we have plenty of time, not only do we not feel rushed, we often get to observe the display of multiple dolphin behaviors.
We offer the Wild Dolphin Guarantee - If you don’t see dolphins, your next trip is free.
Throughout your trip, your captain will provide insight on the behaviors of our local dolphins and wildlife. You will have access to a source of information and familiarity that can’t be found in a textbook; but we have a grasp on that body of knowledge too!
We love sharing, whether it’s simply about the personality of a resident dolphin or making an interesting and complex cetacean sonar system easy to understand for all.
“The best way to see a fish, is to become a fish.” -Jacques Cousteau
Become a fish…
After watching and learning about the dolphins, we’ll bring you to the best snorkel spot for the day’s conditions. Our experience has taught us to look for a calm, clear and protected snorkeling spot- where we’ll provide you with high quality gear and the needed knowledge to use it successfully, regardless of your skill level. So feel confident to hop in and see what else roams the waters just off of Key West. From small schools of tropical fish, stingrays, sea turtles, and the origins of animal life… the sponges, you’re sure to find something new and beautiful beneath the surface.
• Guided Snorkeling
• Beginners Welcome!
• Calm Snorkel Spots
• High Quality Gear Provided
• Plenty of Time to explore!
With a great location at the Historic Seaport in Old Town Key West, our guests can arrive at Patty C.‘s departure location by walking, biking, driving or taxi.
We recommend renting a bike while visiting as parking in old town can be tough, but if you are getting around by car, there is a convenient and close-by pay parking lot on Caroline Street (across the road from Pepe’s).
Historic Seaport, Key West Bight
Patty C.‘s slip is located on the seawall in front of the public restrooms, in between the Waterfront Brewery and Turtle Kraals restaurant.
The address for the Historic Seaport is 231 Margaret.
Patty C. is a large catamaran with a stable, extra gentle ride and is the perfect boat for the Dolphin Watch™ trips she has been running for 30 years. Originally designed as a coastal cruising sailboat, she was thoughtfully customized with our guests experience in mind, allowing her to run the best wild dolphin trips on the island!
Patty C., has lots of great features!
• Refreshingly quiet motors
• Unobstructed views for watching dolphins
• Large cabin and full size bathroom
• Her best feature: Space!,
In addition to the great dolphin watching and snorkeling, you can soak up the rays or relax in the shade, and what that provides sit and reflect as your worries wash away with her wake.
We went in July and we ADORED the Dolphin Watch experience. Stephanie was kind and professional, the boat is comfy and equipped with all the necessities. They also gave us a fresh fruit snack. You see the dolphins in the wild, that is the best way to see them (not in an aquarium or an aquatic park). Then we went to snorkel in a beautiful place nearby, maybe not so amazing like the John Pennecamp park but beautiful. They know the right spots where to go, not in crowded places like other bigger companies. After the first experience we decide to have another one and so we did the last day of our holidays. It was perfect like the first one, the crew so gentle and professional, and the boat was all for us. I can’t help but recommend it strongly, if you want a private, calm and beautiful excursion. Steph, ciao from the italian couple!
Captain Rob brought us to an amazing spot filled with a total of 15 dolphins. He shared his knowledge of dolphins with us, answering and questions we had. We then had the opportunity to snorkel at the sponge gardens. He came in the water with us and pointed out numerous creatures. Crabs, lobster, sting rays, tons of different species of fish and of course giant sponges bigger than truck tires.