We are very excited to announce our new sister business EcoSail. We will be sailing from Key Largo and taking our guests to some great gulfside kayaking and snorkeling spots under sail as we help them learn about the beautiful ecosystems of the Keys and the saltwater side of Everglades National Park. We are doing our best to provide a sustainable learning holiday where we do a little good as we have a fun time exploring the unique calm waters of this tropical paridise .
We will teach fish ID techniques and report our findings on the locations we visit so they can be used in ongoing research about wildlife in the Florida Keys. We also encourage our guests to bring back to the boat anything that does not belong in this pristine environment so that we can recycle or dispose of it properly.
We sail as much as possible not only for the pleasure of gliding quietly through the calm waters but also to lessen our carbon footprint. Sailing on the bayside with it’s calm protected water is wonderful even when the wind pipes up and boats that go to the atlantic side are not able to leave the dock. Our guests will not bounce around on big waves or get seasick. Sometimes sailing all the time this means ghosting along a 2 kts as we chat about the diverse habitats around us, and of course when the wind picks up we create a crisp and clear trail through the water as the tropical breezes blow through our hair and we cruise along at 6 kts.
After we sail to a secluded anchorage you will board your kayaks. Paddling under your own power is a great way to really get in touch with the wildlife both above and below the water. You may see small sharks and rays on the grass flats and many species of juvenile fish in the mangroves.
Snorkeling around the mangrove roots or the hardpan with it’s sponges and soft corals is not as dramatic as the coral reefs but full of life none the less. It is a study in micro observations, most of the fish in the keys spend some part of their life cycle here. You may see big Tarpon or Snook and rarely our guests have even seen Dolphins while snorkeling. Of course we love to look, take pictures and leave nothing behind but our “finprints”.
At the end of the day as you watch the sunset over a drink or paddle a short way from the boat for a 360 degree view of the night sky you will be amazed at how much different life is just a short distance away in the hustle and bustle of the tourist shops along US 1. Plan your sail with us today.