Danger's Prize at sunset

Danger's Prize at sunset

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

America's (second) Favorite Sunset Sail

Coastal Living Magazine ranked our 2-hour sunset tour as one of America's favorite evening excursions. With two hours of sailing, wine tasting, and a chance at the legendary green flash, we can't think of a better way to watch the sun go down.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Free Talk About White Crown Pigeon

If you love birds as much as we love birds (we REALLY love birds), then you might be interested in a free activity at the Key West Garden Club on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm. The talk is lead by Kate Watts, the lead wildlife biologist for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Her discussion, titled "From Zapata to Duval Street," highlights the interesting behavior of the White Crowned Pigeon. The discussion will also include ways to help conserve these impressive birds.

The white-crowned pigeon is a rare and threatened bird. Hunting throughout the Caribbean and habitat loss have become major threats to this small bird. Deforestation of hardwood mangroves throughout the keys make nesting difficult for the white-crowned pigeon. Luckily, the Key West National Wildlife Refuge offers a sanctuary for these birds. An absence of predators on the NWR's mangrove islands makes it a safe place for nesting, but these mighty birds sometimes fly 15 miles or more to search for berries and other food. Because of their rarity and uniqueness to southern Florida, we are always grateful to spot a few of these on our sail/snorkel/kayak eco tours.

We hope to see you all at the KW Garden Club tomorrow (West Martello Fort near Higgs Beach)!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Our Backyard

If you've been out with Danger Charters on one of our day trips, you know that we love our backyard: The Key West National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). We've been sailing in the backcountry for over twenty years, and have discovered the best possible destinations for kayaking and snorkeling in the small circle of islands that make up the refuge. Our captains know every channel, our mates have uncovered all of the secret hiding spots for wildlife, and our kayaks have explored the coastline of practically every island. Here are the top ten reasons we love the Key West National Wildlife Refuge:

1. You might know that the Refuge was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to preserve the birds and other wildlife that call the area home. But did you know that in 1975 it became a Wilderness Preservation Area? This gives the area the highest level of government protection. One of the main goals is to ensure habitats for endangered or threatened species.

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2. The NWR is only accessible by boat and stretches from Mule Key to the Marquesas, encompassing over 208,000 acres. Only 1% of that area is covered in land.

3. The islands in the refuge are dominated by mangroves. Only a few beaches on woman key and Boca Grande exist. and none of islands contain fresh water, making it unlivable for terrestrial mammals. This is one reason why there are so many birds!

4. Over 250 species of birds use the sanctuary as either a full-time residence or a layover on their migrations. It protects endangered species, such as the piping plover and roseate tern. Many wading birds, such as herons, nest in the refuge.

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Piping Plover
5. The refuge is home to more than birds and fish. The Miami blue butterfly is one of the rarest insects in North America. Once common up and down the coast of Florida, only one population remains today --- in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.  After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, many scientists believed the butterfly to be extinct until they were discovered in the Refuge in 2006.

6.  The Wildlife Refuge is vital for the health and survival of sea turtles. Four types of turtles forage for food in the refuge: the green, the hawksbill, the loggerhead, and the Kemp's Ridley.  Nesting season is from May to August on the few remaining beaches, which close to visitors during that important period. The NWR has the second highest number of nesting habitats in the Florida Keys, behind only the Dry Tortugas.

Loggerhead Turtle as seen from one of our snorkeling trips

7.  We love this time of year (March and April) as many migratory birds head north. For bird watchers, this can provide the best diversity of bird life throughout the entire year. Although we lose some of our wintering birds, like the white and brown pelicans, we know they will be back next winter!

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White Pelicans: a rare sight that always provides excitement!
8. Paddling our kayaks up close to the Mangrove Forest gives a spectacular view of the beautiful trees that are so important to the habitat. There are three types - red, black, and white - which serve as the nursery for most aquatic life, providing nesting sites for birds, protect the area during a hurricane, and keep the water clean and clear.

9. Inside Barracouta and Boca Grande (two of our most popular kayaking destinations) sit a large salt pond. Large numbers of wading birds gather in these interior pools, hosting many of the endangered species. Unfortunately these areas are off limits to our eco tours, but have a significant influence on the diversity of birds that we frequently see.

10. We never get tired of it! Many of our captains and mates who have been with Danger for over a decade still get excited about Bald Eagle sightings and swimming alongside turtles. Every day on the water is a little different. Not knowing what we my see on any given day is half the fun!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Now Open! The Danger Chandlery

We're excited to announce that the Danger Chandlery is now open!

So, first things first; what the heck is a chandlery? A ship chandler (or ship's chandler) is a retail dealer who specializes in supplies or equipment for ships, known as ship's stores. Basically, chandlery is an old fashioned word for "ship's store." Now that we have that bit out of the way, we're inviting you to stop by and see us!

The new store features home goods, boat wear, nautical souvenirs, local and imported art, wine, custom jewelry, unique gifts, Danger gear, replica boats, children's toys, and more.

What started out as a casual "what if" conversation soon turned to reality as Lara, Wayne, Will, Matt, and the Danger Crew worked around the clock for four months and converted an abandoned storefront into a beautiful retail space that extends the experiences we share with our guests on water into mementos they can take home with them.

All check-ins for our daily Outer Island Eco-Tours as well as our nightly Wind & Wine Sunset Sail take place in the chandlery, too.

Hope to see you soon!

Waterfront Sunset Shoppes at the Westin
255 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040


Sunday, March 13, 2016

The best part of a Danger excursion? The guests!

The weather is warming up and spring is right around the corner! That means one thing: Danger Charters is out exploring the Florida Keys back country waters every day.

One of the best parts of any trip with Danger is the variety of people we meet from around the world. Just the other day we had an eco-tour with 3 generations of guests. Bob and Irene from Nova Scotia (that's in Canada, boys and girls) are retired and hitting all the tropical hot spots on a 7-week vacation. John and Gina are working stiffs from Cincinnati, Ohio who left the kids with grandma and took a jet plane to somewhere sunny and 75°. And we also had the pleasure of spending the day with Dylan and Briana; a couple of college students from Kentucky. If something on the boat broke, Dylan was going to grab his tools to make sure we got home!

Come out with us and tell us your stories!

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Nate stretching out a semi-true story.

Chart talk, flora and fauna, plus a little local history.

Couples who snorkel together stay together.

Snorkel selfie.

Look mom, no hands!

Mangrove cruisin'.

Briana, Dylan, and blue skies!

Left to Right: Irene, Bob, Crewman Nate, Dylan, Briana, Captain Tony, Gina, John. Everybody say "Danger"!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Key West Sunsets with Danger Charters

We love watching the sunsets in Key West, Florida out on our sunset sail. These are some great shots we got this week.