BY HENRY MAGENHEIM
Reed Travel Features
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Commissionable day trips to Key Largo,
featuring a swim with dolphins, are offered daily by a 2-year-old
sightseeing operator, Keys Adventure Tours.
A 16-passenger van operated by company owner John McNamara
departs daily on the Dolphin Experience trip, making hotel pickups
about 7:30 a.m. from the Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami
Agents earn a flat $20 commission per client on rates of $199
per passenger for up to two persons; $169 each for groups of three
or four, and $159 each for groups of five or more.
Clients who make the trip but choose not to swim pay $100 less,
depending on group size.
The commission is $10 for each observer.
Included is a narration about sights encountered en route to Key
Largo, a briefing on dolphins from a marine biologist and a choice
of dolphin swims.
The first choice calls for a swim in a 100-by-50-yard man-made
lagoon of seawater; the second, for a $10 surcharge, is a swim with
trained dolphins accustomed to swimmers hanging on for a ride.
Participants are offered a choice of lunch at a Key Largo
restaurant such as Snapper's or Mrs. Mac's Kitchen.
The final stops are John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where
mangrove hummocks, nature trails and an aquarium are explored, and
the Shell Man souvenir outlet, where natural shells are sold.
Clients return to their hotels at about 6:30 p.m.
Keys Adventure Tours can be reached at 2523 N.W. Sixth St.,
Suite 114, Fort Lauderdale 33311; call (954) 525-4441; fax, (954)