Sail, Paddle, Hike and Snorkel the Same Day
Biscayne National Park trips start and end at the park headquarters at Convoy Point. They will sail east across the bay for several hours before stopping ashore at Boca Chita or Adams Key. After a lunch break ashore we will anchor in a protected area where you can swim, use our paddle watercraft or snorkel. Please note that we do not go to the reefs on the Atlantic side, snorkeling in the bay is not as dramatic but still very enjoyable. Then it’s time to raise the sails once again for the trip home. Departure is at 10AM and return at 4PM.
Explore Biscayne National Park under sail. Glide over Biscayne bay, hike on Boca Chita or Adams Key, paddle through the mangroves, snorkel the fringes of the mangroves and marvel at the underwater forests that are as enchanting and haunting as those in any fairy tale. When the cold fronts make exploring the Atlantic Ocean reefs impossible, you can enjoy the calm waters of the bay. Your captain will explain why mangroves, grasses and hardpan are all vital to the health of the local ecosystems. We enjoy sharing the beauty of this area and showing how we can be good stewards of the National Park to preserve its unique habitats for generations to come. And most importantly, we can have a blast doing it!
Departing from the park headquarters in Homestead, we tailor our itinerary to the prevailing winds. Using the timeless technology of sail, we slip by the rustling mangroves and quietly slide through the waters of Biscayne Bay in harmony with the wind and the water just as the earliest residents did when they paddled through these waters hundreds of years ago. Explore ashore at Boca Chita or Adams Key in a kayak or on a stand-up padddleboard while watching for exotic birds, dolphins, and manatees. Get in the water for a snorkel or a swim to see the small fish and soft corals living among the mangrove roots.
Our sailboats are run by US Coast Guard Licensed captains. They have a lot of knowledge about the ecosystems in the area and are happy to share it with you. Our boats are safety inspected by the Coast Guard and have all the required safety equipment. They are insured and have permits to sail in Biscayne National Park. We use our diesel engines as little as possible, preferring the quiet beauty of sailing. Many of our captains are American Sailing Association instructors. If you would like to learn to sail, please visit our sister company Island Dreamer Sailing School.
In order to more closely explore the mangrove forests, we supply SUP’s, kayaks and paddles. Snorkeling gear is available in a limited supply, so for the best fit, please bring your own gear if you have it. We have a library of relevant books on board that includes fish and invertebrate identification books. Our boats are rigged with shade, and there are also some areas where you can relax in the sun.
What Customers have to say…
Your ability to educate and teach is incredible. Thank you for a lifelong memory . . . Again, thank you for the great adventure last week. We all had a great time and spent the entire return flight talking about our adventure. It really was an experience we will never forget.—David C., Kansas City, Kansas
What an inspiration for our boys–the snorkeling was great and the company was wonderful. Thanks so much for the memories!–Dan T.
Your gift of teaching and providing a positive example . . . was a blessing. Thank you both for the enlightening experience. We wish you the best in life and happiness.–David C., MN
Great kayaking, great diving, awesome sailing. A fantastic learning experience. Captain created a great atmosphere for our group.–Warren S., Colorado Springs, CO
Your boat tour includes a U.S. Coast Guard licensed crew, a safety inspected vessel and up to 6 guests. A custom box lunch is optional or bring your own. Day sails leave at 10 AM and return at 4 PM. Please contact us to arrange custom times and days that fit your schedule. Let us know how we can make your visit special.
Rates and Hours
We are happy to accept all major credit cards and cash. Please book online here. Same day trips may be possible, but most of our trips require one day’s notice. We are required to collect Florida sales tax on the prices listed below.
The Islands and the Bay
The shallow waters of the bay are dotted with remote, mangrove islands and are a shallow-water nursery for young plant and animal life. The subtropical climate and simple beauty of the Park make this both an American ecological treasure and a great sailing destination that should not be overlooked.
Sailing the bay side of the park gives us access to areas that are seldom visited. There are remote anchorages where city lights and highways are not visible. The calm waters in the backcountry make for smooth sailing.
Kayaking the Mangroves
There are many islands to visit in Biscayne National Park. Once you sail just a few miles from the Visitor Center at Convoy Point, you are transported to a tropical marine environment that is like no other in the United States. It is a special privilege to kayak in these waters, where you will enjoy beautiful vistas with amazing wildlife in mother nature’s nursery.
Tom Schroder of the Washington Post Talks about finding protection in the mangroves on a windy day:
Peter caught up, and we sheltered in a small cove in the lee of the mangroves. As we caught our breath, we stared mesmerized into the universe of arcing roots. They rose above the inflowing waves like so many twisting stilts, merging into thick grey trunks that slanted skyward, holding a crown of green above our heads. After the tempest, it was a haven we weren’t eager to abandon.
Join us for your own exploration of one of natures treasures.
Wildlife Under Water and in Air
Snorkel the underwater world of Florida Bay. The mangroves, sea grasses and hardpan are full of life. Did you know that 70% of sport fish caught on the reefs spend some part of their life in the bay? And even if you don’t get into the water, enjoy the view anyway since many species of fish can be seen directly from the boat.
Call Harold Ochstein now to make your reservation. We will be happy to answer your questions or provide any other information you need. If we happen to be out sailing, your call will be returned as quickly as possible. We also accept text messages.
Mobile Number: 561.281.2689
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