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Everglades Birding, Wildlife, and Photography Expedition

Product ID: 25285
Take a leisurely ride through the Everglades National Park's 10,000 island ecosystem and enjoy perfect photo opportunities of the area's unrivaled nature. Enjoy an interpretive walk around an uninhabited barrier island with your Master Naturalist guide.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about flora and fauna from a Florida-certified Master Naturalist
  • Take advantage of great photo opportunities while on a large, stable boat
  • Explore an uninhabited barrier island on this exciting eco-tour
  • Travel on a steady boat fit for tripods and large telephoto lenses
Full description
Take a leisurely ride through the Everglades National Park's 10,000-island ecosystem, where you will enjoy perfect photo opportunities of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Stop on an uninhabited barrier island, where your Florida certified Master Naturalist guide will take you on an walk and help you discover even more photo opportunities of this impressive environment.

Your guide will be on the hunt for birds and wildlife of all types — roseate spoonbills, osprey, ibis, great blue herons, tri-color herons, snowy egrets, shore birds, and bald eagles as well as other animals like dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and other saltwater creatures. The boat, limited to 6 passengers with comfortable seating, is a large, stable platform for birding and photography. There's even space for a camera tripod, so feel free to bring large telephoto lenses.

The Everglades Birding, Wildlife, and Photo Expedition is essentially a 2-part adventure. First, it is a boat exploration of the 10,000 islands, where you will learn about the Everglades ecosystem, its history, and rich culture. Here you are likely to encounter dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and a plethora of different birds.

On the second part, your guide will beach the boat and take you on an stroll along one of the Everglades National Park's many uninhabited barrier islands. See the unique ecosystem up close and nab more photo opportunities.
Includes
  • Florida Master Naturalist, certified by the National Park and licensed by the US Coast Guard
  • A wealth of information on the colorful local history of the area and its wonderful wildlife and flora
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Guests will be transported to the boats via golf cart from the Everglades Area Tours headquarters at 238 Mamie St., Chokoloskee, Florida

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Important information
Know before you go
Please dress for the weather and bring any sun protection that you feel is necessary.

It is recommended that you bring your photography equipment to take advantage of the great photo opportunities of birds and wildlife.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Captain was real nice but his agenda was not just about the customer.

Captain did a good job getting up as close as he could to birds. He was very interesting with lots of great stories. But he was real proud of his captains license talking about it quite a bit and talking smack about his other captain who worked with him and I didn’t think that was very nice. He also wanted to stop at a island to check on his turtle nests which took away time from what I had paid for. He saw another boat ran aground on oyster shells and said he was obligated to check on them. It seemed he just wanted to see how big a idiot they were. It was nice he made sure they were not in distress, but again I didn’t pay for that as part of my tour. He was a great captain because storms brewed up and it took some fancy boat work to get us back safely which he did. Overall it was a great tour, but the things I mentioned just rubbed me the wrong way a little. I would go again. Oh!! Also, the tour ticket said it included a bottle of water and lunch. I didn’t get neither.

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July 13, 2019

Best Day in the Everglades.

This was an exceptional tour with our guide, Dan. We have been on many eco-boat tours and this is by far the best experience. Our guide provided us with valuable information about this area of the Everglades -historical and natural. We saw many birds that we would not have seen by driving in our car or hiking trails. Dan was highly knowledgeable, personal and friendly. It was obvious that his main goal was to give us an incredible experience; a goal he easily accomplished.

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January 30, 2019

Five people in my group and everybody enjoyed the experience.

We had a 3.5 hour boat/walk tour starting in Chokoloskee. The boat took us among the myriad islands on Gulf coast and stopped on one to examine the local shellfish and traces of original indian inhabitants. The captain was knowledgeable in local flora and fauna and even found us a spot to watch dolphins swim around the boat. A few islands had large colonies of white pelicans. The area visited is one of few remaining US areas which is totally wild and only visited by fishermen, kayakers and a few tourists in guide boats. The water is relatively shallow allowing only smaller boats with outboard motors or airboats to navigate. Chokoloskee is literally at the end of the road and has a small population and limited facilities but a clients that loves the remoteness. Its an hours drive from Naples so it is relatively easy to get to. If you want to experience the Gulf islands this is the way to do it.

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January 18, 2019

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Everglades Area Tours

Product ID: 25285