Watersports

Explore Egmont Key on a 4-hour boat tour

It’s easy to see Egmont Key from the shores of Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County or Bean Point Beach in Manatee County, but getting there just got easier.

It takes about an hour to travel from St. Pete Pier to Egmont Key aboard the Pelican, a 60-foot catamaran.

The boat can accommodate 49 passengers who spend two hours on the island and one hour traveling to and from the key.

“We go there three times a day. We make two trips to Egmont and then we do our sunset cruise from 7-10 p.m.,” Captain John Kavanagh said. “We go down to the Gulf of Mexico, watch the sunset over the Gulf, then turn around and watch the Skyway light up.”

“It’s amazing. From here you can walk across the bay and see the dolphins. You can see the Skyway. I think we’re the only boat that goes under the Skyway and it’s just an amazing bridge to see with fishing the piers and the old pilings and so much history there.”

The Pelican is a 60-foot catamaran that offers a four-hour boat trip to Egmont Key.

They sail to the island and dock on the land side or the channel side of the island.

“Once we get to Egmont, we take this 60ft boat and put it right on the beach,” Kavanagh said.

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Passengers disembark on a walkway to the sandy shores of Egmont Key.

The Pelican is found off Egmont Key.

It takes about an hour to travel from St. Pete’s Pier to Egmont Key aboard the Pelican, a 60-foot catamaran.

“We stay, we don’t leave, we are the only air-conditioned bathrooms on the beach,” he said with a laugh.

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Exploring the history and nature of the island becomes an adventure in its own right.

There are ruins to explore on Egmont Key.

The Egmont Key lighthouse is the oldest in the Gulf of Mexico. There are also ruins to explore and history along the bay.

On the other side of the island is the Gulf of Mexico. This is where guests can go shelling on the beach or snorkeling in the crystal clear water.

Egmont Key offers snorkeling in its crystal clear waters.

Egmont Key offers snorkeling in its crystal clear waters.

There are also 1600 endangered turtles on the island. In addition, half is a bird sanctuary which does not allow visitors.

Kavanagh and his team can and do offer advice on what to see there as Egmont Key has so much to offer; after two hours of exploration, visitors are back on board for a drop-off at the pier.

“It’s a great trip, we’re in Florida but it feels like the Caribbean,” admitted Kavanagh.

LINK: Learn more about the Pelican St. Pete Boat Tour here.

LINK: Click here to learn more about Egmont Key.