Why our Adventure is Special...and Why You Should Choose Us!
January 10, 2023
There are plenty of tour operators to choose from in the Naples and Marco Island area. With the beauty that southwest Florida has to offer, your options are endless. You can see the area by boat, bike, Segway, foot, trolley and more. So why choose us?
First and foremost, we are the only tour in the area that focuses on and sees manatees year around. If your main desire is to get up close to these gentle sea cows, we are the excursion for you.
But for many travelers, they are looking for a more broad experience. Whether it's the wildlife or ecology you are into, there are plenty of options that provide experiences for both. However, based on what you want to see, how close you want to get, and the atmosphere you want to experience it in will determine which provider you go with.
So here is a short list of what you may see when you choose us:
4. Bull Shark
6. Sea turtles
Where you will see it:
1. Everglades National Park
2. Amongst the mangroves
3. Port of the Island's Harbor/Canals
3. Ten Thousand Islands (Beach Eco and Sunset tour only)
4. Whitehorse Key (Beach Eco and Sunset tour only)
Here is the atmosphere in which you will experience this wildlife and ecosystem:
1. On a covered boat.
2. Deck boat similar to a pontoon which means comfortable seating and space to move around.
3. No waves or loud noises- which means no chance of getting sea sick and all ages are welcome! (unlike airboats).
4. Max 6 passengers per boat (multiple boats for large groups) - this allows for a semi private experience (option to make it private) as well as the chance to get as close to the wildlife as possible. There are only 3 ways to safely view a manatee: by land, with a paddle, and with an electric trolling motor. Our 22 foot boats can be operated with these trolling motors which allow us to get the manatees right up to the boat. You won't find a larger boat or another tour company that can get as close as we do! Because of this, we can only take 6 passengers per boat but take multiple boats out and keep them close together for parties larger than 6.
5. With a USCG certified captain that will teach you about the local wildlife and ecosystem.
6. With your choice of beverage in hand-all food and drink including alcohol is permitted!
7. With polarized sunglasses and camera lenses for your phones to take awesome pictures!
So while we know there are a lot of great tour options out there, there aren't any other ones that focus on seeing manatees and that can get up close and personal with the manatees. Additionally, there are very few that take all ages and can guarantee no waves or loud noises suitable for your infant child and your great grandma! (We are even ADA accessible and dog friendly!)
We hope this helps in deciding if our adventure is right for you and your family. And at the end of the day we want you to have the best vacation experience as possible! Whoever you choose to go with, we know you will have fun in the sun in our beautiful southwest Florida!
Which is the best tour for me?
November 8, 2022
Wondering which tour you should choose? Confused as to which one would be the best bang for your buck? Worry no more! Here is a breakdown of what happens on each tour along with specifics on who would like each adventure the most!
-Chance of seeing a manatee!
-Are on covered boats.
-Seat 6 passengers per boat for a more personal experience (we take multiple boats for parties larger than 6).
-There are no waves or rough waters! Great for kids and seniors.
-All ages are welcome.
-Polarized sunglasses are provided!
-Narrated by a USCG certified captain with extensive knowledge on southwest Florida's ecosystem.
-Drinks, snacks and alcohol allowed
1.5 hour Manatee Sightseeing Tour: This is our most popular tour with an over 90% success rate for seeing manatees! Jump on board as we explore the Port of the Island's harbor and cruise along the edge of the Everglades. We usually see manatees, alligators, bull sharks in the shallows, and many different species of birds. Our primary focus however, is seeing how many manatees we can find in an hour and a half. If your priority is the chubby mermaid, then this is the tour for you!
3 hour Manatee, Dolphin and 10,000 Islands Beach Eco Tour: This is a more all inclusive tour which explores the Everglades and the 10,000 Islands! We begin with a shortened version of our manatee tour, but then head out through the Everglades to the 10,000 Islands where we beach the boat at Whitehorse key. You have about 45 minutes on the uninhabited island for shelling and swimming! We cruise around a bit looking for dolphins and sea turtles. On a perfect day, we hope to see manatees, alligators, bull sharks, birds, dolphins and sea turtles. This is the adventure for the one who wants a little bit of all that southwest Florida's eco system has to offer! The boat will pick up speed but there will be no waves or rough waters.
3 hour Manatee, Dolphin and 10,000 Islands Sunset Cruise: This is the only sunset cruise in the area with a chance of seeing a manatee! We begin with a shortened version of our manatee tour and then head out through the Everglades to the 10,000 Islands. We cruise around searching for dolphins and sea turtles as we learn the history of the 10,000 islands and watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Looking for a more romantic way to wind down your day? This is the option for you!
2.5 hour or 5 hour Kids and family fishing: Join us for some Everglades backwater fishing with the best captain and first mate around! Captain Jimmy and First Mate Virginia (a husband and wife team) will teach you and the kids everything you need to know from how to cast a line, to old pirate tales of the 10,000 Islands. Whether you have tons of experience or none, they will tailor the trip to your family! We also often see manatees and alligators on the way to our fishing spots. The captain can customize the adventure to whatever you and the kids desire to do. For our 5 hour half day trip, we can go offshore to try and catch dinner. Anything that's worth keeping, captain will filet for you! All licensing, bait and equipment included. Just bring the smiles and we'll provide the fun!
With 4 options to choose from, and a chance of seeing a manatee on every tour, there's an adventure for everyone! Checkout our FAQ section or give us a call at 239.642.8818 if you have any additional questions.
We look forward to seeing you out there for some wildlife fun!