Most Frequently Asked Questions

In over 30 years in this business we’ve been asked some very interesting questions. Most of the answers can be found on our web site, but can be missed because we have built a somewhat elaborate site with lots of stuff to look at. So we figured that we would compile this list of questions and answers for you!

Yes, you need to make reservations, and as soon as you can since we limit our charters to 6 persons. The best way to make reservations is to call us. (and we prefer it) When you call we can answer any questions that you may have. We will need to know where you’re staying and a way to reach you in case of bad weather.

The 1/2 day charter is approximately 4 hours.     Example: If we leave the dock at 9am we will be back by 1:00pm.

Approximately 2 hours. Departure time depends on the time of year. In the winter we depart at 4:00 pm returning at 6 pm. In the summer we depart  at 6 pm and return approximately at 8:30.

No, it’s the wrong time to snorkel. When you go snorkeling you need the sun over your head. It greatly improves water visibility and brings out the colors.

We run one (1) half sail-snorkel day trip and one (1) sunset sail each day. Depending on weather.

NO!!! Absolutely not. We try to avoid bad weather and sea conditions. It may seem to be a great day when you’re standing on shore but it can be blowing a gale at the reef causing rough and dangerous conditions. We would rather cancel the trip and take the financial loss rather than run a bad trip where you may get seasick, have rough and nasty sea conditions, and poor water visibility.
Most people want to snorkel on the reef, but if you just want to sail that’s fine, in fact there are days when sailing is fantastic because of good winds and the reefs are very rough which makes for poor snorkeling. Than there’s days that the wind is so strong we won’t even leave the dock. Too much wind is not good for anything on the water.

One, and it’s the best! You won’t      see any crowded snorkel boats where we go. And just to clarify something,   moving the boat from one spot to another on the same reef, (as they do) isn’t  the same as going to two different reefs like they lead you to believe. (not in  my book, anyway)

No, sorry. If you have your own snorkel gear by all means, bring it!  If you don’t we will provide it free of charge.  Also bring whatever you wish for refreshments, and towels to dry off with when you come out of the water.

In the winter you will be much more comfortable  with a shorty wetsuit on although the water doesn’t go below 73 degrees.

No. You are welcome to bring   whatever you wish for refreshments. (absolutely no illegal drugs of any kind) You may even bring a cooler if you wish. We have a small refrigerator on board.                                   

Nope, it’s a little to far to go in 4 hours.                                      

Cash, Travelers Checks, or Credit Cards are  fine.

In the past we’ve had mixed results with children. You have to realize that you will be 6 miles out in the ocean. It’s rare  that we have flat calm days and that is what you need for small children. They  are considered “people” by the Coast Guard standards so they must be  charged since they are taking away from our 6 person maximum carrying capacity. We are not saying that we won’t take you and your family, we are just being “up front” with you. We recommend for families with small children to visit the reef on the Glass Bottom Boat. The Key Largo Princess at the  Holiday  Inn in Key Largo is a very nice 2 hour ride and great for kids.

We wish we could, we  really do. The problem is that it’s 170 miles from Key Largo, a little to far for     a 1/2 day trip.

Again,,,we really wish we could, wow, look at all the money we could rake in! Are you sure it was our web page you were looking at????
We’ve heard this one sooo many times. No, we don’t take divers any longer, and for many reasons! First: A mix of divers and snorkelers can only work if you have perfect conditions on the reef. (and that’s rare) If it’s rough the divers are having a great time down under all of the turbulence while the snorkelers are getting beat up and sea sick in the rough conditions. Not fair to the snorkelers! Second: Dad wants to dive but doesn’t have a dive buddy,,,so who’s supposed to dive with him??? Me? nope, Coast Guard rules and regs don’t allow me to do that.

You can stop looking, we don’t offer the  $2. off coupon. It’s a technique used by cattle boats to lure you onto their 49   passenger cattle boat.

There are thousands of miles of shoreline in the  state of Florida you may want to consider an aircraft rather than watercraft  for your days outing! something like this maybe?
The list of questions and answers will grow as I think back and recall them. If   there is something that I have not covered please feel free to let me know by  e-mail or telephone call.   Capt. Rick   305-451-7057