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Chokoloskee, United States
Everglades National Park Expedition

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the beauty and diversity of Everglades National Park on an exciting wildlife boat tour from Fort Myers. In a small group, travel deep into the sleepy wetlands of the Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands to learn about rare local flora and spot native animals. Spend time with an expert guide, learning about the unique ecosystem and snapping photos of alligators, sea turtles, manatees, native birds and more.
  • Small-group wildlife expedition through the Everglades National Park
  • Take a powerboat through the Ten Thousand Islands for an interpretive nature tour
  • Watch for manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles and more
  • Guide points out interesting flora and fauna along the way
  • Boat seats up to 6 people, ensuring a more personalized, intimate experience
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Everglades boat tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks (you may bring your own)
Gratuities
238 Mamie St , 238 Mamie St, Chokoloskee, FL 34138, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
Choose a morning or afternoon start time for your wildlife expedition and make your way to the boat launch in Chokoloskee, a 1.5-hour drive from Fort Myers. Enjoy the changing scenery as you head into the Florida Everglades National Park. At the dock, climb aboard the 6-passenger powerboat, grab a comfortable seat and head out into the wild wetlands.

Your naturalist guide will take you on an unforgettable wildlife-spotting expedition through this diverse and historic terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, egrets, pelicans, alligators and shore birds. Get great up-close photos and learn about the development of the Everglades, including the culture and ingenuity of Native Americans and the Anglo-American ‘Gladesmen’ who have populated this area for hundreds of years. Your guide will share facts about the local lifestyle, environmental conditions and seasonal animal patterns, as well as information about the region’s wetland conservation efforts. 

Your excursion returns to the dock by mid-afternoon or evening, depending on your start time.

Note: It is recommended that you bring your own snacks and/or lunch on this excursion.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Everglades Area Tours
Meet your ground and guide and begin your Everglade Experience. Each trip is led by an experienced Florida Master Naturalist who is certified by the National Park and licensed by the US Coast Guard.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Everglades National Park
fter a relaxing, scenic 1.5-hour drive from Fort Myers, arrive at the Florida Everglades National Park. Begin your small-group tour with a leisurely powerboat ride through the park with your guide. The boat is limited to six passengers and features comfortable seating and a large, stable platform for great bird watching and photo opportunities. After, explore the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands on an interpretive nature tour. Learn about the area’s rich heritage and culture, as well as its unique ecosystems, as your guide points out surrounding wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, herons, pelicans, alligators and numerous species of fish and shore birds. Many species in the area are seasonal and inhabit various areas in different environmental conditions, so the tour will adapt according to the season. You are encouraged to bring your own lunch and refreshments to enjoy on the boat.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will need to access the boat by ladder. With enough notice, you can load from a floating dock. Please advise in the 'Special Requirements' field at the time of booking if you require this option.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Everglades Area Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.

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4.5
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star-5
Captain Dan is amazing
Haodong_L
, Oct 2021
Captain Dan is amazing. Being a fisherman, he knows the waterways, the creatures in the park and the mangroves covered islands, the ups and downs of tides very well. We enjoyed our tour led by him.
star-5
A great time
TERRAL_A
, Apr 2021
We had a good 3.5 hour trip. The guide was very knowledgeable, and gave us a good tour. There were 6 of us in the boat, plus the guide. We were able to get up and close to Osprey nests, many dolphins, Pelicans, and other wildlife. A trip to the island was also a good experience. I would definitely use them again.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for taking the time to conduct this review. It means a lot to us all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
An awesome adventure
Margaret_W
, Mar 2021
This tour is amazing! We spent four incredible hours exploring in the Everglades off the beaten path. Our guide Dan was very knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. He had so many stories to share and knew a lot about the ecosystem and the animals. We saw dolphins swimming alo.gside our boat, watched an osprey feed her chick's, and got to explore a remote island. The trip was worth every penny and I would do it again!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks Margaret! The Expedtion is one of the best tours that we offer.
star-5
Wonderful time learning about and seeing the everglades and wildlife
Lona_R
, Feb 2021
We had a great tour with Jerry! Very informative and provided a lot of information and history about the area and everglades. We saw a lot of beautiful sites and wildlife (Ospreys, Herons, sea hawks, pelicans, tidal racoons, horseshoe crab, stingray and dolphins) and learned about the area. We recommend it!! Thanks again
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thanks Lona. This is a very special place.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great boat tour
John_F
, Feb 2021
Captain Jerry is a great tour guide and boat pilot. His knowledge of the area made our tour very interesting. We were able to see the flora and fauna of the Everglades National Park close up and understand what we are seeing. We saw dolphins, White Pelicans and two different Night Herons. We definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thanks for doing a review. It means a lot,
star-5
Everglades National Park Expedition
John_L
, Mar 2020
Captain Dan was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We mentioned at the beginning that we were birders, and he took this into account as we moved around.
star-4
Eco boat tour
CARL_G
, Feb 2020
Initial miscommunication on departure location, but they graciously moved me to the following day and all worked out well. If you go make sure you know where the departure location is. I assumed it was in the park, but it was not. My fault!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beyond expectations
helenschmitz21
, Feb 2020
This was the best eco tour we’ve taken anywhere. Captain Dan was very knowledgeable, and his love of the Everglades was contagious. The highlight was the trip to the remote island where we found unusual rocks and shells and Calusa Indian artifacts. We recommend very highly.
star-5
Enjoyed the tour
amurthy2019
, Oct 2019
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He spent time listening to us and then trying to show us what we wanted to get out of that trip. Thank you very much. Just make sure you find out the best season to go to see what you want to see. I recommend this tour.
star-5
Much more than we expected
Matt C
, May 2019
This was a great trip, much more than we expected. So many highlights, seeing dolphins following our boat, the walk on the island. Our guide Captain Dan was really great and knew so much and his love for the everglades and the Park were evident. Highly recommend this tour. One note, it was difficult to find the tour center, so plan ahead.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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