Everglades Area Tours in Chokoloskee Island, FL

Everglades Area Tours238 Mamie St.Chokoloskee Island, FL 34138
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Overview

Explore the natural world of Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands with a variety of Guided Eco Adventures. Everglades Area Tours is a family-owned business that provides intimate guided boating, kayaking, and walking eco-tours. Explore the Mangrove Tunnels, kayak next to dolphins and manatees, get up close to the orchids, watch the birds, and even observe the alligators!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chokoloskee Island Travel Experts
  • Appropriate for all ages.
  • Plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Everglades National Park requires a park entry fee.
  • You will need to bring your own food and drink.

Description

from Everglades Area Tours
Everglades Nat'l Park Dolphin, Birding & Wildlife Tour
The 2 Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Wildlife Tour is a wonderful adventure for the whole family and a great introduction to the area. In captain's style seating, on a very comfortable powerboat, you will be safely led through the Everglades 10,000 Islands. Depending on the season, you can expect to encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, rosette spoonbills, as well as, numerous species of fish and shorebirds. Our tours are never "canned", so each tour is different. Don’t forget your cameras! Limited to just six guests.

Everglades Nat'l Pass Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour
This is our most popular eco-adventure. It combines the best of a Boat Tour, a Kayak Tour, and a Walking Tour in a single great learning experience. Depending on the season, you can encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, rosette spoonbills, and/or numerous species of fish and shorebirds.

On a comfortable transport boat, with a Naturalist guide, search for dolphins and manatees. At our first destination, we deploy very stably, comfortable kayaks to get you close to the flora and fauna. Imagine paddling next to a manatee or a dolphin! (No previous kayaking experience is required and we have single & two-person kayaks). Continue your interpretive experience with a walking tour on a pristine barrier island beach that is seldom visited by others.
Limited to just six guests.

Everglades Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour
This is a wonderful alternative to an airboat ride ... quiet,
peaceful, and surreal. Enjoy a leisurely paddle with a naturalist guide in a very unique part of the Everglades.

Throughout the Mangrove forest are brackish "lakes" whose waters are a mix of "sweet" fresh water and saltwater. They are nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters, and a gamut of fishes. Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the very edge and over the tops of these creeks forming a canopy or a tunnel. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity allowing orchids and bromeliads to thrive. The sunlight (or moonlight) shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation, and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal experience in the tunnels. We use single and two-person kayaks and you do not need previous kayaking experience.

Everglades Orchids and Alligator Kayak Eco Tour
Beautiful butterflies, abundant bromeliads (air plants), fabulous ferns, and gorgeous wildflowers, including at least seven different species of wild orchids blooming at various times of the year… these are NOT the things that most people expect in the wilds of the Everglades! But these are some of the things that you may see on this easy-paced kayaking adventure with your naturalist guide.

Of course, what Everglades experience would be complete, without seeing the Everglades’ most famous resident, the American Alligator? The unobtrusive stealth of our kayaks often affords us the opportunity to observe these iconic, magnificent creatures from a safe distance, yet close enough to take good pictures.

Everglades Nat'l Park Wildlife & Beach Expedition (3.5hr)
This is a premier learning experience in the Everglades Area and is superb for the entire family from toddlers to grandparents. Limited to just six guests, it is a personalized, hands-on eco-adventure. Every day is different in the Everglades 10,000 Islands so we try to be very flexible and dynamic. The tour may/will include a bit of birding, some photography, strolling thru tidal pools on a remote beach, exploration of one of the 10,000 Islands.

The first part of the experience is a guided boating eco-tour in search of dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife. The second part is a hands-on,, interpretive, guided walk on a remote barrier island to explore the beaches, tidal pools, and inter-tidal zones. For parents and grandparents wanting an active role as educators,
our naturalists will help you be the instructor.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Everglades Area Tours

What are the hours of operation?

8 AM to 9 PM


Are there any health restrictions for this tour?

You will want to be in good health but there is no extreme physical activity. The long distances are coved in the transport boat. We only deploy the kayaks once we arrive. We sometimes have some guests that choose to stay in the boat or roam the beaches while others are on the paddle tour.


What should I bring?

Please bring whatever you wish to eat or drink.  Sun protection is always a good idea


What should I wear?

Clothing should be appropriate for the season and the day's weather. The transport boat is open and we travel swiftly. A light jacket is needed on most trips. Wear shoes that you do not mind getting wet.


Where is it located?

Everglades Nat'l Pass Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour - The Shop (JT's) - 238 Mamie Street, Chokoloskee, FL 34138
Everglades Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour  - Everglades City Welcome Center - 32016 Tamiami Trail East, Everglades City, FL 34139
Everglades Orchids and Alligator Kayak Eco Tour  - Everglades City Welcome Center - 32016 Tamiami Trail East, Everglades City, FL 34139
Everglades Nat'l Park Wildlife & Beach Expedition - The Shop (JT's) - 238 Mamie Street, Chokoloskee, FL 34138
Everglades Nat'l Park Dolphin, Birding & Wildlife Tour  - The Shop (JT's) - 238 Mamie Street, Chokoloskee, FL 34138


Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, all ages are welcome.


Can I bring my camera?

Yes, there will be plenty of great photo opportunities! Put your camera in a waterproof container if it is not waterproof.