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Vandenberg Wreck Tours and Activities

The newest attraction on the Florida Keys’ wreck diving trail, the Vandenberg was sunk off the coast of Key West in 2009 and rests in 140 – 150 feet (42.6 – 45.7 meters) of water. Originally christened theUSS General Harry Taylor, this 522-foot vessel originally served as a transport ship in World War II. The US Air Force acquired the vessel as a missile range instrumentation ship in the 1960s and named it theUSAFS General Hoyt S Vandenberg. The ship was reacquired by the US Navy and later retired in 1983. The Vandenberg is one of the largest ships ever purposefully sunk as an artificial reef and is considered one of the best wreck dives in the United States.

Fun Fact: the Vandenberg had a brief moment of cinematic fame playing a Russian science ship in the 1999 movieVirus. Some of the Cyrillic lettering that was added for the movie is still visible on the ship.

The wreck is fairly accessible for beginner and advanced divers; there are a large variety of divable structures between 40 and 140 feet in depth to explore including the navigation bridge deck, radar deck, two satellite dishes and most of the superstructure. As the years pass, a diverse group of ocean life is making a home on the wreck including schools of barracuda, Goliath grouper and a wide variety of coral. However, diving conditions in the Florida Keys can be highly variable. Elements such as current and visibility can play a part in helping or hindering a diving experience.

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Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
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Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres

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Watch the sun set and the moon rise off the coast of Key West on this sunset cruise. Enjoy the scenery and peaceful calm of a late afternoon sail aboard a 70-foot catamaran with plenty of deck space to stretch out and enjoy the breathtaking view. Then watch a legendary Key West sunset as the sun glistens and gently settles into the water. Hearty appetizers plus champagne, wine, full liquor bar, ice-cold beer and soft drinks are included.
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Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

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Paddle a kayak through mangrove creeks and shallow water on a Key West kayaking tour that offers an up-close look that this unique coastal environment. This guided tour is the perfect way to spot Florida wildlife in a natural habitat.
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

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Escape to the secluded islands and tropical beaches off the coast of Key West on this guided, full-day adventure to historic Dry Tortugas National Park. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will love this unique voyage, where getting there is half the fun on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling (equipment provided) in the crystal blue waters and take in the military fort, national park, campground, sandy beaches and coral reefs that make this area special. Breakfast and lunch included.
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Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion

Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion

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Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkeling on this cruise off the coast of Key West. Spend a relaxing afternoon on a 69-foot catamaran headed to North America's only living coral barrier reef for the adventure of a lifetime. Pass some of Key West’s top attractions on the way, then dive right in to see more than 600 species of colorful fish, coral, and other sea life. This cruise includes professional snorkeling gear and instruction plus beer, wine, and soft drinks.
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Half-Day Cruise from Key West with Kayaking and Snorkeling
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Half-Day Cruise from Key West with Kayaking and Snorkeling

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Get ready for fun in the sun on this half-day sailing, kayaking and snorkeling adventure off the coast of Key West. Choose from a morning or afternoon excursion and set sail. Kayak through a maze of mangrove-canopied canals and streams, home to a tropical array of birds, rays, sharks, sport fish and more. Then jump into the water for a snorkeling session above a coral reef with 600 different species of marine life. Relax, feel the warm sea breeze and enjoy the day. Snacks, beer, wine, sodas and water included.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Vandenberg Wreck can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Vandenberg Wreck costs USD 45.95. Guided Vandenberg Wreck tours start around USD 45.95 per person.
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