The Florida Keys are a paradisiacal adventure just waiting to be explored. Besides sailing, snorkeling, drinking, and general beach-lounging, there are other much more unique experiences to be had in the Keys. You can experience the beauty of the Caribbean like never before with this unique thing to do in Key West — an underwater adventure, where you cruise beneath the water’s surface on your own personal mini-sub!
The scooters are surprisingly easy to use, just have a seat and you’ll be able to breathe the steady flow of oxygen within the scuba-dome, with no need for a snorkel.
And don’t worry if you’ve never snorkeled or scuba dove before, guests are provided with all the equipment and given instructions by a professional dive instructor on the boat ride out to the reef.
The tour lasts about three hours and is $129 per person. You can book your reservation online, with tours available every day of the week.
To some, that price point may be a little steep, but sometimes the price you pay can be worth it for something this unique. Although they do have a cheaper option that keeps you closer to the beach for only $55.
Invented in the 1990s by Florida-based company Bellaqua, the mini-subs are self-contained and equipped with a large two-foot transparent dome that keeps your head totally dry while you zoom around the reefs.
The electric motor will propel you forward, gliding through the water like a manta ray and giving you a view of the ocean that you’ve probably never experienced before.
The tour takes you out to the third-largest barrier reef in the world, and you can steer your way around colorful fish while admiring underwater ecosystems.
Don’t forget your underwater cameras! If you do though, don't worry — photos of your experience are included in the ticket price too.
Tons of vibrant fish will swirl before your eyes as you zoom along on your journey.
Marine life commonly spotted on this tour include pufferfish, parrotfish, barracudas, moray eels, green and loggerhead sea turtles, and many more.
You can even request a complimentary hotel pickup by calling the company ahead of time. It's always best to call ahead for the latest availability.
Whether you simply love the ocean or are looking for a new way to explore its depths, this is one experience you're likely not soon to forget.
Mini Sub Underwater Adventure
Price: $129 per person; other tour options are also available
When: Call for reservations, or check availability online
Address: Key West Harbour Marina —
Why You Need To Go: This one-of-a-kind mini-sub experience will give you a chance to interact with the ocean in a whole new way. Cruise the deep blue in an underwater world as fish swim freely around you.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.