Charter check out at 10:00 AM. Once completed, head out for an afternoon shake down sail. Western Sambo is the closest reef site for snorkeling and will take about 1.5 hours to reach. you can also choose a sandy area somewhere in Hawk's channel to just anchor and have a swim before sailing approximately 2.5 hours to the West side of Key West to drop anchor for the night. this is the closest anchorage from the marina. Alternatively return to marina, enjoy the resort amenities and head to Key West for a night on the town.
Approximately 3.5 hours from KW anchorage, or 4 hours from marina. Make a stop at Woman Key for a peaceful day at anchor off the beach. This is a lovely site; with the longest beach you'll visit. Due to the full exposure of our predominantly Easterly winds it's not suitable to anchor here for the night. Your anchorage will be another hour sail to Boca grande. Plan on leaving Woman Key to arrive at Boca Grande by no later than 4 PM. Get anchored up off the beach, take a beach walk, throw something on the BBQ grill and enjoy your first keys sunset in the middle of the ocean.
Morning departure heading to the west side of the island group which is a 1.5-2 hour sail from Boca Grande to the anchorage area.Wild & isolated, the Marquesas offers three beaches to swim & explore, and a night under the stars in utter solitude. The islands are protected turtle &bird sanctuary so keep to the beaches please and don't attempt to walk into the islands. You should not attempt to access the interior of island group with the dingy through any of the narrow channels running between islands, extremely strong currents could trap you & tidal change could strand your dinghy in inches of water. This is a weather dependent destination.
Head back to Boca Grande for a day enjoying this lovely beach spot that you didn't have time enjoy the first time. You can visit a reef for snorkeling on the way over. Overnight at Boca Grande.
This will be a long day, if you want to get it all in so get an early start. Your heading to the Gulf of Mexico! Set a course back toward Key West and make a left turn up the North West Channel. At the top of the channel there are two spots to visit. Cottrel Key with a great snorkel site, equipped with mooring balls is to the West and the Key West National Wildlife Refuge, also known as the Dolphin Playground is to the East. An hour at each spot will give you a nice snorkel experience and motoring around the sandy bottomed Refuge area will hopefully put you cose and personal with a pod or two of the dolphins that frequent this area daily. Head to Key West and anchor up for the night. About a 1 1/2 hour sail from the top of the channel to anchorage.
Today is all about snorkeling. Head out from Key West and make a bee line to the two reef sites at historic Sand Key light house. Both Rock Key & Eastern Dry Rocks are excellent snorkel sites. Mooring balls make visiting both sites easy. Plan on returning to the marina in time to hit the fuel dock before closing. Overnight at the marina.
Your charter check-in time will coincide with your check out time. Be prepared to welcome aboard your charter representative and expect approximately one hour before disembarkation.