Mangrove Maze – Our Signature Tour


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Eco Tours of A Magical Mangrove Maze

On the southeast end of the island of Key West is a protected mangrove forest that is still relatively unspoiled by development where you get up close and personal with how the Keys looked a long long time ago. In this forest are small river “tunnels” just wide enough to fit a kayak. The natural rivers weave through the tangled roots of mangrove plants (a species that can grow in salt water), creating a unique “maze” that creates a nursery for small wildlife.

A starfish in the Mangrove Maze

Below the surface the watery roots are many rare species of colorful corals, as well as starfish, horseshoe crabs, sea anemones, sea hares, and jellyfish (among others), while the dense forestry area is home to a wide variety of birds. As we pass through the heart of these magical forests we enter a new world where two separate worlds exist as one. In this forest, it is easy to forget for a moment that you are still in the United States, as it feels very much like the watery jungles of South America.

Our experts guides will show you through the maze and inform you about the amazing species that can be found there. We specialize in SMALL GROUPS – so you have a one-on-one experience.

The paddle trip itself is at an easy pace and good for beginner paddlers as well as the more experienced.  The kayaks we use are sit on top singles or doubles that can be paddled as a tandem or single. It is excellent for families, and can be done on windier days since the mangroves provided a shaded wind block.

The underside of a horseshoe crab

Discover a breath taking world filled with bio diversity that exists in the heart of Key West!

What you need
A bathing suit, a towel, & a smile! Water or other beverages and sunscreen.

2 hour tour $45 per person
3 hour tour $55 per person
Credit cards welcomed. 

Kids 6 and under ride free with a paying adult.

Daily trip departures
Morning 10:00am
Afternoon 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Sunset 5:00pm (winter) note: time varies with season

After Dark: “Get Lit up Tours” (time varies). Explore the maze at night with illuminated kayaks.

Departure point
Cow Key Marina
5001 5th Avenue
Key West, FL 3304Queen Conch0

The Mangrove Maze and Salt Pond tour is a very easy paddle tour.  Most of the trip is in protected waters away from the winds and seas.  It’s a great chance to see some wildlife and learn a bit about the history and biology of the Florida Keys.