Snorkeling near Sand Key Lighthouse off Key West recently left me amazed. There were so many different kinds of tropical fish. A wary grouper tried to stay in the shadows. Most of the activities below me on the reef were a mere two feet away; I was able to actually hear the colorful parrotfish munching on the coral. I had never heard that before in all my snorkeling adventures. I could not ask for more.
I went aboard Sunny Days’ boat along with about 35 other snorkelers. Sunny Days is now owned by Fury. The bad news is the price went up slightly with the acquisition. You can get a 10 percent discount by booking online, but otherwise the two-spot morning snorkel tour will set you back $40 plus tax. Snorkeling equipment and drinks including beer on the return trip is included.
Both snorkeling spots we journeyed to are within the protected Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the water about seven miles off of Key West is a comfortable 80-degrees or higher.
For more information, visit http://sunnydayskeywest.com/or for information about Key West and the Florida Keys, see www.fla-keys.com.