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Manatee, Dolphin & 10,000 Islands Beach Eco-Tour
Tour Length: 3 Hours
Manatee, Dolphin & 10,000 Islands Sunset Cruise
Tour Length: 3 Hours
Common Questions & Answers
Please arrive 10 minutes before your departure time. We cannot hold the boat for late passengers as it will inconvenience the on-time patrons and shorten their tour. If you are running late, please notify us by calling 239-642-8818. No refunds or reschedules within 24 hours, but we can offer you 50% off to come at a later time if you miss the boat.
We are located at Port of the Islands Marina, 525 Newport Drive, Naples Florida 34114. We are about 30 minutes from Marco Island, 30 minutes from East Naples, 35-40 minutes from downtown Naples, and 45 minutes to an hour from North Naples. From Fort Myers it is an hour or more depending on where you are traveling from. Please put our address in your GPS to calculate how long it will take you. Our tours leave on time and cannot wait for late patrons.
It is free to park in the parking lot across from the fire station. Once parked, walk across Newport Drive, around the fire station/ship store to the picnic tables in front of the marina.
Meet at the picnic tables in front of the marina and around the back of the fire station/ship store. A captain will call your last name at departure time to let you know which boat to board.
Food, drink and alcohol is permitted on our tours. However, please do not bring glass on the boat.
Dress comfortably according to the weather. You can swim and walk the beach at Whitehorse Key, so beachwear is recommended. The boat is fully covered but you will be on the island in the sun for about 45 minutes.
The Beach Eco-Tour Tour and Sunset Cruise are 3 hours long.
The Beach Eco-Tour and the Sunset Cruise begin in the Port of the Islands harbor then head down the Faka Union Canal through the Everglades to the 10,000 Islands. The boat stops on Whitehorse Key for approximately 45 minutes so you can picnic, beach or go shelling.
Yes! Wildlife such as manatees, alligators, egrets, dolphins, sea turtles, bull sharks and other animals indigenous to the area can be seen on our tours!
Just like any body of water, visibility is dependent on several factors. The water in the Port of the Islands Harbor and Faka Union Canal is darker due to the naturally occurring tannins from the mangroves. Using our special polarized sunglasses, you can better see the manatees and other wildlife below the surface. Once we get out to the Ten Thousand Islands the water will be more sea green like the Gulf of Mexico.
We are the only manatee tour in SWFL that sees manatees almost every day of the year. The chances you will see one or more manatees is very high. However, nature cannot be predicted or guaranteed. If you do not see a manatee on your tour, you get to come back for free for our 90 minute Manatee Sightseeing and Wildlife Boat Tour!
Both of our departure times at 10 am and 1 pm are equally as good for success on sightings due to the sun position and activeness from the wildlife being best midday. The sunset cruise often sees dolphins during their feeding time.
Manatees like warm, fresh water. The Port of the Islands is 6.5 miles upriver from the Gulf and maintains a warmer temperature due to the bottom being muddy vs sandy. Additionally, we have a fresh water dam that empties out into the canal providing manatees with the fresh drinking water they love. Because of this, manatees are seen all year around.
Our captains are licensed to carry up to 6 passengers per boat, per U.S. Coast Guard law. This is based on bodies, not age or weight. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule. If you have a party larger than 6, please book under the dedicated booking for large parties. We will split the group onto 2 or more boats and keep them close during the tour so your group can enjoy the experience “together”. For parties of 7 or more, 20% gratuity will be added.
It is $200 to make the Beach Eco Tour and Sunset Cruise private. This will ensure your party is the only one on the boat and you will receive a tailored experience from your captain. There is a separate booking category for private parties under each tour.
Full refund up to 24 hours prior to departure.
Reschedules are free of charge up to 24 hours prior to departure. If you need to reschedule within 24 hours of departure, please call 239-642-8818. We cannot refund your money but will rebook you at 50% off for a later date or time.
The safety of our guests and captains is our highest priority. If you test positive for Covid and cancel at least 24 hours prior to departure, you are entitled to a full refund. If you test positive within 24 hours of your trip departure, you can book for a later date at 50% off, with no expiration to redeem. No refunds will be honored within 24 hours of trip departure. No persons testing positive within 5 days of trip departure will be allowed on the boat.
Single riders are welcome, however, there must be 2 passengers booked to depart. In the event that the minimum is not met, you may reschedule for free. If you cannot come back another time, you are entitled to a full refund.
Yes! We now offer gift cards. Just click here and select the amount you would like. It’s so easy to give of an unforgettable wildlife adventure.