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Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

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Chokoloskee, United States
Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

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

Overview

Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades on this 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.
  • 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
  • Tour led by an experience naturalist certified by the US Coast Guard
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Professional guide
Kayak equipment and instruction
Boat ride
Professional naturalist guide
Guided nature hike
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
238 Mamie St , 238 Mamie St, Chokoloskee, FL 34138, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
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
Get the ultimate experience of the Florida Everglades on this fun, exciting eco-adventure by boat, kayak and foot! Your tour is led by an experienced naturalist who is certified by the national park and licensed by the US Coast Guard. Throughout your tour, your guide will teach you all about the history of the area, as well as the wildlife and diverse vegetation. Begin your tour with a boat ride through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the Everglades National Park. Once you arrive at your destination, receive a brief safety instruction before getting into your kayak (no experience required) and exploring the area up close. Paddle your way to Barrier Island Beach, a remote beach seldom visited by others. Here, take a guided walking tour of the area and see the wrack lines, shallow tidal zones, dunes, uniquely adapted plants, mangrove swamps and many different invertebrate species. Your guide will tailor the tour according to the group’s interests and the day’s environmental conditions. You may encounter a wide array of the park’s wildlife including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and more! After your hike on the beach, get back into your kayak and paddle back to the boat for your return journey.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NWR
The 10,000 Islands extend from Marco Island into Everglades National Park.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Smallwood Store
Chokoloskee was the "Wild Southeast". Learn about the history and culture of the area.
Stop At:  
Chokoloskee
Chokoloskee is a 150 acre island that has been inhabited for 1000's of years. First by the Calusa indians and then by modern settlers since 1870.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will need to access the boat by decending a couple steps of a ladder.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park?
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
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Boating & Kayaking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park.

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star-5
Amazing
sandra_c
, Oct 2021
Beautiful environment, our tour guide was amazing helpful and knowledgeable We feel safe and enjoy the trip
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks Sandra!
star-5
Captain Dan is the Man
Ni-nap
, Jun 2021
We had a wonderful time with Captain Dan! He was extremely helpful and accommodating for my parents who are in their 60’s and move slowly. Very knowledgeable about the Everglades and very experienced boat captain.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for ding your review!
star-5
Amazingly beautiful tour
Chad_H
, May 2021
This was the highlight of our trip to Florida. It was our first time to the state and we were given a wonderful tour by Dan through a treasure of a national park. He was knowledgeable, fun and professional. Thank you so much Dan.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Yes, Thank you Dan and thank you Chad for doing a review.
star-5
Tremendous Everglade experience
Holly_S
, May 2021
Best trip for a short amount of time. Dan, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a great overview of area. I would recommend this tour as 5 star.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you
star-4
Quiet
LarryVV
, Apr 2021
The boat ride was quiet and smooth among the mangrove islands. There were only five of us and the guide on the boat. We saw at least a dozen dolphins and several of them were chasing us in the boat’s wake. We worked our way back to a quiet area with a number of birds and then kayaked as far back as we could into mangroves. Our guide did a great job of getting us to remote places, but didn’t talk much. Our tour was at high tide so we walk any.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for your review
star-5
Perfect day
Mas
, Oct 2020
We had a great day with captain Dan. He was so knowledgeable and witty. He found many unique experiences for us, including playful dolphin, mating horse shoe crabs, and wooing spotted Ray's!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for your review. Dan is passionate about the Everglades and it shows. You might want to try the Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour to encounter alligators
star-5
eco tour and kayak
luanefaucher
, Feb 2020
nice time, great tour guide! tour office a little beat up but part of the experience! Bring sunscreen and a hat!
star-5
Excellent Everglades Experience
Marshal M
, Jan 2019
Excellent kayaking, boat and walking tour of mangrove islands and the gulf shore. Highly recommended
star-5
We had the best time ever on this...
Denise S
, Apr 2017
We had the best time ever on this trip!! We were in Florida for 2 weeks and experienced a lot of fun activities but this was my favorite!! Our wonderful guide was very knowledgeable in the area and about the wildlife, shells, etc. We saw wild dolphins that played in the wake of our boat. Real horse shoe crabs - with some great facts. We walked a small beach between two mangrove tree islands and learned so much about shells and their inhabitants. Our guide took us to some inner lakes where we kayakers back to where boats can't go. It was marvelous!! This tour is well worth your time!!
star-5
A great way to experience this...
Rachel S
, Jan 2017
A great way to experience this pristine habitat and all it's wildlife. I enjoyed the variety of boat, foot and kayak and learnt so much from our guide Captain Fred. The highlights were viewing a nesting pair of bald eagles and dolphins playing in the wake of the boat.

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