10,000 Islands Boat Excursion in Marco Island, FL

Marco Island Boat Tours740 Palm Point DriveGoodland, FL 34140
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$129.95
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Overview

Ride to a distant island to discover the unique biodiversity found in the Everglades! This fascinating Ten Thousand Islands boat tour includes learning more about the wildlife refuge's flora and fauna as well as exploring sandy beaches and tidal pools.

up to 3.5 hrs 2 to 17 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Goodland Travel Experts
  • This Ten Thousand Islands boat tour is led by a certified master naturalist.
  • Experience great shelling and the opportunity to see dolphins, an array of birds and other marine life on the cruise out to the island.
  • Tour duration is approx. 3.5 hours. Please arrive 20-25 minutes before your departure time.
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and protective footwear.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat and towel.
  • Maximum of 17 and minimum of 2 guests during a standard tour.

Description

from 10,000 Islands Boat Excursion
The 10,000 Islands Excursion is the best way to experience the natural world around Marco Island. Conducted within the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge, you will experience what many describe as The Best of Florida.

The tour is a two-part experience. The first part is a slow, intimate boating tour amongst the Ten Thousand Islands remote islands. While you search for dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles, you may encounter ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons, and any number of shorebird species. Your formally trained Florida Master Naturalist guide will talk to you about the area's ecosystems, history, and rich culture.

The second part of your excursion is exploring a remote barrier island beach, an island you can only reach by boat, an island few get to experience. Learn about beach dynamics; stroll through the tidal flats and wade the tidal pools of these remote islands.

Imagine shelling on islands that are NOT picked over daily by hundreds of people. With your naturalist guide, learn about individual shell animals and "how to" shell from your Shelling Guru.

This is an excellent "hands-on" experience for the young and old alike. Your naturalist guide will facilitate parents and grandparents wanting to be educators.

This is not a typical preprogrammed tour. Every day and every tour can be different, so discuss the possibilities with your guide. This tour is approximately 3.5 hours and departs twice daily at 9:00 and 1:30. Advanced reservations are required. Don't forget your cameras!

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Frequently Asked Questions about 10,000 Islands Boat Excursion

Where is the meeting point for the 10,000 Islands Boat Excursion?

The tour departs from Goodland Boating Park, located at 750 Palm Point Dr, Goodland, FL 34140. Meet your guide 20-25 minutes before departure at the picnic tables to the left of the marina store.

How long is this 10,000 Islands tour?

The entire activity is 3.5 hours long. The boat boards 5 minutes before your tour's departure time.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

What should I bring?

Guests should bring sunglasses, hats, towels, sunscreen, and water bottles. Binoculars and field glasses are also a good idea. You can bring your own food and drinks as well, but glass items and large coolers are not permitted.

What should I wear?

Please dress comfortably and according to the weather, and wear protective footwear that you do not mind getting wet. A light jacket is also recommended.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, the tour is suitable for all ages.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There are a ton of great photo opportunities for you on the trip.

Can I bring my pet?

No service animals, comfort animals, or pets permitted on board.

How many guests are allowed per tour?

Each tour can accommodate up to 17 guests.

What can I see on this trip?

Most days, you can see ospreys, various breeds of herons and egrets, pelicans, and numerous species of shorebirds. Manatees are typically spotted from the boat during most tours in the warmer months. However, guests commonly see dolphins, rosette spoonbills, bald eagles, hawks, white pelicans, owls, sea turtles, kites, and black vultures. The Everglades Area is famous for alligators. However, the alligators are not a problem as they keep a safe distance away.