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Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

Product ID: 69771
Glide through the backwaters and estuaries of the Homosassa River as it spills into the Gulf of Mexico, and pass historic Indian shell mounds aboard an airboat. Look for dolphins and other wildlife with the help of US Coast Guard guide.
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 hours
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  • Travel by airboat through the mangroves, canals, and backwaters of Homosassa
  • Look for dolphins, manatees, and other native wildlife
  • Benefit from the services of a US Coast Guard Captain and guide
Full description
Glide through the saltwater marshes and shallow waters of the Homosassa River and Gulf of Mexico aboard a powerful airboat. Look for bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat to reconnect with nature. Feel the speed beneath you as you twist and turn through the mangroves, canals, and backwaters.

Access areas that other boats can't reach and encounter abundant wildlife off the beaten path. Marvel as your US Coast Guard Captain and guide safely pilots the boat at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Get an adrenaline rush as you traverse the waterways and soak up the natural beauty on all sides.

Every day is different when it comes to the wildlife, but a morning ride is highly recommended if you hope to encounter animals in the wild. The diverse birdlife will truly amaze you, while West Indian manatees can sometimes be seen on a good day.
  • Airboat ride
  • US Coast Guard Captain and eco-guide
  • Bottled water
  • Parking
  • Headgear to protect your ears
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet at 10823 W Yulee Drive, Homosassa, Florida 34446. Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Light rain will not stop this tour, but the speed can make the rain feel more powerful. Long sleeves or parkas are suggested. You will also be given the option to reschedule if the weather makes you uncomfortable. High winds, heavy rain, lightning, or any conditions the Captain deems unsafe may lead to cancellation or postponement. Tours are only cancelled when absolutely necessary
• Sunscreen, insect repellant, and sunglasses are recommended
• During the cooler months, dress accordingly (pants, jackets, and a small blanket are recommended)
• There is no maximum age limit but you should be in relatively good health
• Children should be over 5 years old and accompanied by an adult
• Pregnant women should seek the advice of their doctor
• Tours require a minimum of 3 people. If the minimum number is not met, another time will be offered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Beautiful trip led by Irish Dave

The trip in the authors was a blast buyout captain, Irish Dave made it that way. Very personable, knowledgeable and kept our attention with interesting facts without ruining the quiet beauty of the experience. I would definitely request him if we took the airboat again or if we snorkeled with manatees. The 1.5 hours went too fast

September 17, 2018

Very relaxing, peaceful, enjoyable.

October 7, 2019

we had a blast. great captain. fun experience

June 16, 2019

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Product ID: 69771