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Manatee Ecotour and Shelling Adventure

  • Ecotour provides an ideal way to see manatees and dolphins
  • Guided commentary provides information about ecosystem as you go
  • Avoid tourist groups, and visit areas only accessible by a smaller boat
Manatee Ecotour and Shelling Adventure
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A US Coast Guard-certified captain navigates your boat through open water and mangrove forests in search of manatees, dolphins, and tropical birds on this small-group ecotour from Naples. Your route includes an inland harbor, Ten Thousand Islands, and one of the largest mangrove forests in North America, as well as a stop to hunt for seashells on the uninhabited Whitehorse Key.
What to Expect
Begin your guided tour with check-in at the Port of the Islands Resort prior to your selected morning or afternoon departure time. Meet your guide, board your boat, and head out on the water.
Your first stop is the harbor area, where you have the opportunity to see manatees in their natural environment. Then continue to the Ten Thousand Islands. Though the water surrounding this system of mangrove islands is notoriously difficult to navigate, the abundance of wildlife is well worth the effort—plus your US Coast Guard-certified captain makes the trip with ease.
Continue down Faka Union Canal en route to one of the largest mangrove forests in North America. Keep an eye out for alligators and dolphins on the way to your shelling destination at Whitehorse Key.
Disembark and spend 30 minutes of free time on the uninhabited shores, a popular locale among shellers.
Your tour concludes at the original departure point.
Reviews (90)
1 - 5 of 61 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Beautiful day!!!

We had a perfect day out on the boat!!! We saw manatees, dolphins, birds and shells galore. Captain Mike was very friendly and we had a great time sharing stories. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!!!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Nancy8502
Reviewed 4 days ago
Fun boat ride

We didn't see any Manatees but had a great 15 minute experience with Dolphins playing in the water and later riding in the waves from the boat. So close to see them. Enjoyed shelling too. Fun trip. Captain Jim and his wife were great hosts...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Pelican87
Reviewed 1 week ago
Yes, the best for manatees!

We saw manatees right from the beginning of the nature tour. An alligator, shark, tropical birds and even dolphins playing in the wake of the boat. Friendly, knowledgeable captain. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank exploresfurther
Reviewed 1 week ago
Once in a lifetime adventure! Must do!!

Could not have had a better adventure and highly recommend doing this tour. We did it with our family of all ages and everyone voted it the best thing we did.

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Passenger44631
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Perfect day trip

Wonderful experience with my husband, 2 year old, and mom. Being a Floridian (East coast), it was the perfect day trip for us. Riding a boat, shelling, dolphins, alligators, mangroves, and sunshine. We enjoyed this experience very much. Staff was kind and professional. Thank you!

1  Thank slimabear517
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11 April 2019|
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1 April 2019|
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Response from MPW47 | Reviewed this property |
It was fairly small -- there were about 4 seats in the front and 3 seats the back, near the steering column where the captain sat. Because it was small, everyone had a great view of the water, and of the surrounding areas... More
12 March 2019|
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Response from Ricky D |
Reserve in advance - tours do sell out. Try to book the morning tour - the weather is usually better and wildlife is more active.