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Manatee Ecotour and Shelling Adventure

  • Ecotour provides an ideal way to see manatees and dolphins
  • Guided commentary provides information about ecosystem as you go
  • Avoid tourist groups, and visit areas only accessible by a smaller boat
Manatee Ecotour and Shelling Adventure
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A US Coast Guard-certified captain navigates your boat through open water and mangrove forests in search of manatees, dolphins, and tropical birds on this small-group ecotour from Naples. Your route includes an inland harbor, Ten Thousand Islands, and one of the largest mangrove forests in North America, as well as a stop to hunt for seashells on the uninhabited Whitehorse Key.
What to Expect
Begin your guided tour with check-in at the Port of the Islands Resort prior to your selected morning or afternoon departure time. Meet your guide, board your boat, and head out on the water.
Your first stop is the harbor area, where you have the opportunity to see manatees in their natural environment. Then continue to the Ten Thousand Islands. Though the water surrounding this system of mangrove islands is notoriously difficult to navigate, the abundance of wildlife is well worth the effort—plus your US Coast Guard-certified captain makes the trip with ease.
Continue down Faka Union Canal en route to one of the largest mangrove forests in North America. Keep an eye out for alligators and dolphins on the way to your shelling destination at Whitehorse Key.
Disembark and spend 30 minutes of free time on the uninhabited shores, a popular locale among shellers.
Your tour concludes at the original departure point.
Reviews (79)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
It was ok

We didnt get the clear views of manatees I had hope for. We saw several, but only for split seconds. We had a pair of dolphins in our wake jumping out of the water for an extended period. We saw only 2 aligators. The "deserted"...More

2  Thank SteveA4406
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Relaxing boat trip through the everglades and 10000 Islands park, with shelling

Very nice boat and beautiful day. Mostly we spotted birds (egrets, 5-6 types of herons, spoonbill, ibis, osprey, maybe a young eagle) for most of the trip and right at the end, we entered a cove where several alligators were basking. Sadly, no manatees to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MPW47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great day on the water

Capt. Rich took us on his small boat through canals and small inlets in the area between Naples and Marcos Island. We had a wonderful time seeing somewhere around 10-12 manatees and a few gators. Beautiful afternoon on the water. The Captain knows his stuff....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DKardon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great time

We took my mom, our 6 month old, and our 5 year old on this tour. Captain Dave was great! He was funny, knew a ton about the area and was very professional and sweet with both our children. We saw animals (dolphins, alligators, lots...More

2  Thank familytriplove
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile
Great tour

Captain Rich was excellent and so knowledgeable about the area. We were able to see several manatees. Would do tour again in a heartbeat.

Thank jodidasc
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3-3.5 hours