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Wildlife Refuge Private Kayak Tour

Why paddle with strangers? Blue Planet specializes in private excursions into the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. Our guides have been exploring these haunts for more than 15 years. This tour is for more adventurous and experienced paddlers looking for unmatched scenery.

The pristine, crystal-clear waters of the backcountry offer you an escape to a quiet world of uninhabited mangrove islands and aquamarine passages. With its truly stunning landscape and feeling of remoteness, this tour will take you to the best spots for photography, snorkeling or tidal walks. (If you wish to snorkel, please provide your own gear.)

Stay out a couple hours or most of the day … it’s all up to you! Pricing is dependent on the duration of the tour and distance paddled. You can bring your own kayak on this tour or we can provide one for you. Tours depart from Cudjoe Key and Lower Sugarloaf Key, approximately 20 miles from Key West.

With more than 18 years of experience, we're more than a kayak tour, we're an Eco adventure


Escape to the seclusion of tropical backcountry locales, accessible only by kayak. Because all of our tours are sheltered from the wind and waves, you will glide across warm, crystal-clear water only inches deep to the shelter of mysterious mangrove islands. Our Key West kayak tour guides are happy to explain this ecosystem’s uniqueness in plants, marine life, birds, and natural history, making this a true eco-tour.

Let us catch marine life only an expert could find for you to handle and photograph. Learn about egrets, herons and other birds roosting only feet away or prying the flats for food. Geared for any level of paddler, on this tour you won’t have to go far to see the hidden beauty that so many have called serene, enchanting, romantic and captivating. We take a maximum of 10 people per guide for a personal experience.

We Have Over 400 Five-Star Reviews on TripAdvisor

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Awesome

Loved it! Great guide and lots of close up info about local wildlife. The best part was seeing a manatee up close!

– Mona K., TripAdvisor
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Great and fun experience

My son and I did the sunset cruise and it was a marvelous experience, especially the night exploration of the mangroves. I strongly recommend it.

– Rod M., TripAdvisor
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Highlight of our trip

We had a knowledgeable and fun guide. She showed us starfish, sea urchins, jellyfish as well as pointing out the seabirds. I recommend this tour and will go again on my next trip to the Keys.

– Juliet J., TripAdvisor
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Relaxing and beautiful sunset/night kayak

Sarah did a great job teaching me and my family to paddle through the mangroves, see the sea life, and relax. Thank you Sarah. It is obvious you love your Keys!

– Sharon C., TripAdvisor
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Great attraction for everyone

Andy was our guide. He was very knowledgeable of the habitat and took us through very interesting places. I recommend it for anyone in the keys.

– Luis A., TripAdvisor
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Great tour with a knowledgeable guide

I loved this tour. Mangrove canals, sea creatures, knowledgeable guide, and amazing surroundings. Would do it again anytime.

– Andy V., TripAdvisor