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Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour

This is our most popular eco-adventure and combines the best of a Boat Tour, a Kayak Tour and a Walking Tour in a single great learning experience. Depending on the season, you can encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, rosette spoonbills and/or numerous species of fish and shore birds. A very comfortable transport boat will bring you deep into the Park with your Naturalist guide. Once we reach our first destination, we “slow” the tour down using very stable, comfortable kayaks to get you close to the flora and fauna. Imagine paddling next to a manatee or a dolphin!!! (No previous kayaking experience is required and we have single & two-person kayaks). Continue your interpretive experience with a walking tour on pristine barrier island beach … a beach that is seldom visited by tourists. (9am and 1:30pm; Retail $149.95; 24 pax)

Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

This is a wonderful alternative to an airboat ride … quiet, peaceful and surreal. It is a leisurely paddle experience with a naturalist guide who throughout the tour will be interpreting and explaining what you are seeing. It is a wonderful learning experience in a very unique part of the Everglades. The Everglades is a vast and varied ecosystem containing the largest mangrove forest in North America. Throughout the forest are brackish "lakes" whose waters are a mix of "sweet" fresh water and salt water. They are refuges and nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters and a gamut of fishes. Some lakes are host to colonies of roosting and breeding birds. Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the very edge and over the tops of these creeks forming a canopy or a tunnel. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity allowing orchids and bromeliads to thrive. The sunlight (or moonlight) shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal experience in the tunnels. We use single and two person kayaks and you do not need previous kayaking experience. Although, completely different than the Boat Assisted Kayak/Canoe Tour, it is an integral to understanding the multiple facets of the Everglades. (8:30, 1:00pm and Sunset; Retail 99.95; 30 pax).

Dolphin, Birding, and Photography Boat Tour (2 hr)

The 2 Hour Dolphin Birding, and Photography Tours are a wonderful adventure for the whole family and a great introduction to the area. In captain's style seating on very comfortable powerboat, you will be safely through the Everglades or Rookery Bays’ 10,000 Islands for a interpretive tour of the area. Depending on the season, you can expect to encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, rosette spoonbills, as well as, numerous species of fish and shore birds. Our tours are never "canned", so each tour is different. The area's wildlife move around in order to exist in their world and so must we. Many species are seasonal and inhabit different areas in different environmental conditions, so too, we must be able to adapt. Bring your snacks, favorite drinks, hats, sunglasses and have a great time!! Cameras are a must! Departures from Marco Island and Everglades City.(8:30, 11:00, 1:30 and 4:00; Retail $79.95; 24 pax).

Guided Everglades Swamp Walking Tour

Experience the Everglades with a “Swamp Walk” in Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve or Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park with one of our knowledgeable (and passionate) naturalists. Learn about the natural history of the Everglades, the impact of humans on the ecosystem, and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) - the largest restoration project our planet has known. A vast variety of native and exotic flora and fauna species inhabit this ecosystem. You may come across an endangered orchid in bloom (such as the ghost orchid or the dingy-flowered star), or see fresh tracks or scat from an elusive Florida panther or black bear. Encounters with white-tailed deer, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, egrets, herons, alligators and water reptiles are always a possibility, and definitely a bonus. (9am and 1:30pm; Retail 99.95; 30 pax)

Everglades Expedition Wildlife Boating & Walking Tour (3.5 hr)

This is a premier learning experience in the Everglades Area and is superb for the entire family... from toddlers to the grandparents. Limited to just six guests, it is a personalized, hands-on eco-adventure. Every day is different in the Everglades and 10,000 Islands so we try to be very flexible and dynamic. The tour may/will include a bit of birding, some photography, strolling thru tidal pools, shelling on a remote beach, exploration of one of the 10,000 Islands and/or beach seine-netting for underwater life. The first part of the experience is a guided boating eco tour in search of the areas rich wildlife. The second part is a hands on,, interpretive, guided walk on a remote barrier island to explore the island's beaches, tidal pools and inter-tidal zones. With your assistance, we use supple seine nets to temporarily and humanely capture samples of the wonderfully diverse critters that call this zone home. Magnifying viewing devices are used to view, examine and identify the various species before they are carefully released. For parents and grandparents wanting an active role as educators, our naturalists guides will facilitate the experience and help you be the instructor. (9:00 and 1;30; Retail $149.95;24 pax)

Paddle with Manatees (1.5 hrs)

The Florida manatee inhabits coastal waters and rivers throughout the Florida. They easily move between fresh, brackish and marine habitats including where we paddle! We can see manatees anywhere, anytime on our other tours in the warmer months.. In the cooler months, in order to stay warm, they seek warm water, discharges, springs and in our area, deep water passes and canals. The deeper water retains heat and helps keep the manatees warm. We use a combination of single and tandem kayaks to view the "sea cows". Led by an experienced naturalist, we will paddle amongst a natural, wild population of manatees; close enough to view without disturbing these gentle creatures. Even though they are wild, we still encounter manatees on most every tour! (9:30, 11:30 and 1:30; Retail $59.00; 60 pax)

2.5 Hour Kayak Tours

These kayak tours are all about enjoying yourself on the water. However, we are just as focused on letting you experience the wonderful local natural area and wildlife. Depending on where we (and the wildlife) are we commonly encounter dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, ospreys, eagles along with lots of wading and shore birds. These experiences are great for singles, couples or the whole family. Depending on the conditions, your requests, where we have been spotting wildlife, and certainly, the whims of your naturalist guide, we may launch from any number of locations in and around Marco Island.. Wind down, chill out and enjoy Paradise at its pristine best ... on a kayak tour. Our professional guides and naturalists will work hard so that you get the most out of your experience. (Departures from Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Retail $69.00; 60 pax)

Guided Bioluminesence and Moonlight Kayak Tours

During the warm summer months the waters around Marco Island can come alive and glow! Fish, paddles, kayaks, even your hand moving through the water produces a splash of tiny fireworks that manifests as a bluegreen glow. Bioluminescence! Why does the water glow? In varying concentrations, the water hosts single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates. While there are over 4500 species of dinoflagellates identified, some species, when disturbed, will emit light. This is called bioluminescence. With concentrations great enough, the water appears to glow. It is bright enough sometimes to cast shadows! Typically, warmer water hosts greater concentrations and, hence, a brighter glow. The experience is awesome. A true "Must Do" while in Marco Island. Or Naples Retail $69; 60 pax)

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