Guided Tours

Boca Chita boat tour
Park ranger led island boat tour at Boca Chita Key.

Image by Tommy Salleh

The Biscayne National Park Institute provides in-depth recreational and educational experiences through guided boat tours and programs from the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. Tours include an interpretive cruise to Boca Chita Key, relaxing sailing excursions, snorkeling tours and camping shuttle trips to Elliott Key. The tours and activities are possible thanks to a partnership between the park, the Florida National Parks Association and the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.

Boca Chita Key Guided Experience -
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  • Tours depart from the Dante Fascell Visitor Center on most Mondays, Thurdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and/or 1:30 p.m. Check the park calendar for specific dates and times available.
  • Each tour lasts approximately three hours and includes opportunities to explore and learn about popular and scenic Boca Chita Key and Biscayne Bay.
  • The tours cost $39 for adults and $29 for kids ages 5 to 12, including tax. Admission is free for children age 4 and under, when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
  • Boat tours feature the Miami-Dade Pelican Skipper, a comfortable riding, ADA accessible, 45 foot catamaran.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneBoatTour.com, by calling 786-335-3644 or by stopping by the park store. Advance reservations are advised for this tour. Walk-ins and groups are welcome provided that the trip is not full
Paddle Adventures -
  • Rent stand-up-paddleboards (S.U.P.), kayaks and canoes.
  • Conveniently located near visitor center parking lot.
  • Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Last rental is at 4:00 p.m.
  • Single kayaks and S.U.P.'s: $20 for 1st hour; $10 for each additional hour.
  • Double kayak: $25 for 1st hour; $$10 for each additional hour.
  • Half day rentals: $50 for 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Full day rentals: $90. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Canoes: $40 for 1st hour; $20 for each additional hour.
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Sailing Excursions are offered daily and include paddle boats, snorkeling and island visits -

Full day trips -
  • Full day sails start at 10 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. on a 40 foot sailboat with a maximum of six passengers.
  • The cost is $149 per person with a minimum of two people, or $775 for six people.
  • The tour includes opportunities for sailing, snorkeling and paddling in protected mangrove lagoons and sight-seeing while ashore at Boca Chita or Adams Keys. Trips do not go to the reefs on the Atlantic side.
  • The tours are suitable for all ages and swimming abilities.
  • Getting on/off the sailboat includes several uneven steps depending on the tide.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSailing.com or by calling 786-335-3644.
Half day trips - (Postponed until Fall, 2017)
  • Half day trips run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 4 p.m. on a 40 foot sailboat with a maximum of six passengers.
  • The cost is $59 per person with a minimum of two people, or $300 for the boat with a maximum of six people.
  • Participants are welcome to help sail the boat or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the bay and the park. Half-day sailing trips do not go ashore or have any in water activities like paddling or snorkeling.
  • The trips are suitable for all ages.
  • Getting on/off the sailboat includes several uneven steps depending on the tide.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSailing.com or by calling 786-335-3644.
Paddle & Snorkel Exploration -
  • Full day guided trip on a 23 foot power-boat with a maximum of six passengers.
  • Trips start at 10 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m.
  • The trips are designed for active adults and kids over 12 who are good swimmers.
  • The cost is $129 per person with a minimum of two people or $690 for the boat with a maximum of six people.
  • Weather and condition dependent options include; paddling watery mazes of mangrove forests, snorkeling a shipwreck on the Maritime Heritage Trail or watching the amazing diversity of life on the coral reefs.
  • Mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vests and paddling equipment are provided. If you have your own snorkel gear, please bring it to ensure the best fit. Paddling is on stand up paddleboards that can also be used sitting with a kayak paddle.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSnorkeling.com or by calling 786-335-3644.
Camping transportation -
  • Transportation is provided to Elliott Key daily on a 23 foot power-boat.
  • Boat departs from the park visitor center at 8 a.m. Campers departing Elliott Key return to the visitor center at 9 a.m.
  • The cost is $59 per person round trip with a minimum of two people, or $300 for the boat with a maximum of six people. Personal kayak transport is $20 per kayak.
  • Campers need to provide their own equipment.
  • Information on park camping regulations and amenities may be found here.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkCamping.com or by calling 786-335-3644.
For additional park-based activities and companies authorized to operate tours or taxis inside the park, please see the following list of commercial use authorizations.

Last updated: July 10, 2017

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