Walking about 1.5 miles on terrain of varying smoothness and some sandy trails. Early embarkation before breakfast to walk to the Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry; getting on/ferry; indoor air conditioning and outdoor seating on this 150 passenger catamaran for the 2.5 hour ride.
Aboard the ship, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including bagels, cereal, yogurt, fruits, juices, coffee, tea and water.
En route to Dry Tortugas National Park, our onboard naturalist will give provide an orientation lecture on the area and the national park's surroundings. During our voyage, we will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grande, and have the possibility to see turtles and dolphins while listening to pirate legends.
Aboard the catamaran, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch.
Continue birding in the park. The Dry Tortugas play an important part in the lives of birds migrating between South America and the eastern United States because they are the first bits of dry land that these birds see during that trip. Many birds even die of starvation en route. Birders may be so lucky as to see an Antillean short-eared owl, sighted fairly frequently, as well as peregrine falcons, warblers, ruddy turnstones, and frigatebirds. The only nesting colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds in North America resides on these islands along with the largest Sooty Tern colony in the Northern Hemisphere on nearby Bush Key with some Brown Noddies.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Sample something from the many restaurants Key West has to offer.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.