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Tour code: 5609KAYAK
Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades on this 3.5-hour, small-group eco-adventure. Explore a variety of lush landscapes by foot, kayak and boat looking for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, bald eagles and more. Hike along the beach, dunes and mangrove swamps. Kayak to Barrier Island Beach — no kayaking experience necessary. And take a boat ride through some of the most remote areas of the park. It’s the ultimate Everglades experience rolled into one unique, half-day adventure.

Highlights

  • Small-group Everglades eco-adventure by foot, kayak and boat
  • Take a boat ride through remote areas of the park and admire the diverse vegetation
  • Enjoy a kayak adventure to Barrier Island Beach -- no experience required!
  • Hike along the beach and see shallow tidal zones, dunes, mangrove swamps and more
  • Be on the lookout for wildlife including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and bald eagles
  • Tour led by an experience naturalist certified by the US Coast Guard
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Florida Everglades Small-Group Eco-Adventure by Foot, Kayak and Boat

Small-Group Everglades Eco-adventure by Boat, Kayak and Foot

About 1.5 hours south of Fort Myers is Everglades National Park, one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth. This tour is led by an experienced naturalist guide who is certified by both the park and the US Coast Guard. Learn about the history of the Everglades, as well as the wide variety of wildlife and vegetation that exist throughout the park.

Every tour is different, but expect to encounter the Everglade's wildlife at some point. Look for manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets and roseate spoonbills, to name some of them.

Begin the tour with a boat ride — it’s what’s known as a kayak transport boat with all the trimmings (full safety equipment, satellite communications, GPS tracking system, large sunshade, even a cooler for drinks) — through one of the most remote areas of Everglades National Park. At the destination, this is where it turns into a hands-on eco experience. It’s time to hop in a kayak. Don’t worry about knowing how to get going. It’s easy and fun. A few simple instructions will get the one- or two-person kayak moving in the right direction. Paddle along close to the flora and fauna, en route to Barrier Island Beach, an island seldom visited by others. 

At the beach, the interpretive experience turns into a walking tour. Check out the wrack lines, shallow tidal zones, dunes, uniquely adapted plants, shells, mangrove swamps, plus the many different invertebrate species. 

After the beach hike, it’s back in the kayaks to paddle back to the boat for the ride home.

Customer Reviews

Paula T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wow! What an awesome day. Captains Josh and Kristin were wonderful guides on this interesting and fun adventure. We would give it two thumbs up....WAY up. Dolphins followed us, playing in the wake of our boat as we were heading out for our kayak trip through the islands. It was a day we will never forget and we will DEFINITELY be back to do some fishing with Captain Josh. He was so knowledgable about not only the wildlife, but the history of the natvives that first settled the area all the way to current day. We found some gorgeous shells as we walked along a deserted island beach and would highly recommend this as a great way to experience the Everglades.

Claudia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We spent a week in south Florida at the end of March and this was the highlight of our trip! Captain Josh was wonderful -- he showed us amazing wildlife, he knew the history and biology of the area, he was accommodating and patient -- and his passion and love for the place was infectious. I highly recommend this tour. I only wish I could give him 6 stars.

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Five star trip! Our Captain/tour guide Josh really knows about all the natural wonders that the everglades has to offer. He taught us things about the plants, animals, and little critters that I never knew before. You could tell that he wanted to make this a memorable experience for my 12 year old son, my sister and me. We saw dolphins, manatees, sting rays, beautiful shells, bald eagles, osprey and so much more. I recommend this adventure to anyone who wants to truly experience the everglades with a safe, fun captain at your side.

Ian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Really excellent. Easy to book. Turned out to be just the 2 of us with Josh, the Guide, who was very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Stunning scenery and wildlife, including ospreys and dolphins (playing in the boat's wake). Out to the 1000 Islands National Park by powerboat, then as much time as we wanted in kayaks exploring the shoreline - full safety gear provided, and a stroll along the beach. Highly recommended. Bring sunscreen!

Nancy Strow S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This tour was EVERYTHING it was said to be--great boat ride around area--mangroves, osprey, dolphins, small shark; then a terrific kayak paddling over to island to walk and look at sea life, shells. Great naturalist Charles (?) who knew lots about area--but also very well read, interested in the eco-system and preserving the area. Not an alligator tour, though--the water is pristine and beautiful, not swampy. The Eco-Adventure office is a bit remote in Chokoloskee, but the personnel were very efficient--even gave a super recommendation for fresh fish lunch. This is a tour for those who want to learn something about the area--not just to flash through in a noisy, environmental-damaging air-boat.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent tour. Heather contacted us ahead of time and offered the option of departing from Goodland, which was wonderful, as we were staying on Marco Island. Our guide, Ed was very personable and knowlegeable. I highly recommend this tour and company, and would definitely do it again

DIONYSOS L

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

A little bit hard to find without gps, but well worth it. We had 2 kids with us and we were tentative as to wether they would like it, but they were entirely thrilled. The scenery was beautiful, we were lucky enough to see a dolphin, the tour guide was perfect for the occasion.

Barry S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

I had been to the other two entrances to the park. This one was completely different. I expected alligators and sawgrass, not so. Still a beautiful area with a great tour guide.

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