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Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

1. Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

Learn the fine art of shell collecting on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and escape the shelling hordes of Marco Island and Captiva. Make your own way to Goodland Boating Park to climb aboard a boat that will take you to remote beaches that have not been picked over by others. Few shell collectors know about - or can get to - the beaches of these islands, resulting in pristine shelling opportunities. Touring in small groups, you will be led by a shelling guide with decades of experience. Learn about the nuances of the tide, winds, and locations that affect shelling, and the life cycle and habitat of different species. Your guide even has the knack of finding the Gulf Coast's most prized shell treasure; the junonia!

Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

2. Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

The Everglades area is home to a vast and varied ecosystem containing the largest mangrove forest in North America. The unique Everglades lakes, surrounded by mangroves, are refuges and nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters, and a variety of cute little fish. The Everglades National Park Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour takes you inside the unique mangrove ecosystem in a stable "sit-on-top" kayak (no previous experience required). Weave through the interconnecting, narrow lakes and flowing tidal creeks. Float through tunnels in the mangrove forest, created by the dense mangrove growth up the edges and even over the tops of the interlocking creeks and narrow lakes. The mangrove tunnels make for a surreal and mystical experience with the sunlight shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself. Enjoy learning a wealth of information on the colorful local history of Everglades National Park and its wonderful wildlife and flora.

Marco Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour

3. Marco Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour

On this 2-hour tour near Marco Island, explore the Ten Thousand Islands with a Florida Master Naturalist Guide. Enjoy the wild dolphin show before visiting an uninhabited barrier island beach to collect shells and other treasures. Depending on the season, expect to see manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, rosette spoonbills, and numerous species of fish and shorebirds. Learn about the Everglades eco-systems, flora and fauna, rich heritage, and long history. The area's wildlife moves around so each tour is different. Many species are seasonal and inhabit different areas depending on environmental conditions. Be sure to bring your camera, binoculars, sunglasses, snacks, favorite drinks, a hat, and towels.

Fort Myers: Guided Standup Paddleboarding or Kayaking Tour

4. Fort Myers: Guided Standup Paddleboarding or Kayaking Tour

Discover the wildlife of Fort Myers' waterways on a guided tour in a SUP or kayak. See sea turtles and crabs, get a workout from your SUP, and enjoy panoramic views of the waterways. Meet your guide at the shore and start with a short introduction course to standup paddling. Practice on land first before heading into the water. If you prefer sitting to standup paddling, join the tour in a kayak. Head out into the water in search of wildlife. Spot manatees and dolphins frolicking, look out for sea turtles, and see crabs scuttling along the sand.

Everglades City: Guided Kayaking Tour of the Wetlands

5. Everglades City: Guided Kayaking Tour of the Wetlands

Explore the subtropical Everglades wilderness on a kayak tour led by a trained naturalist. Discover the magical mangrove tunnels and cypress forests, and spot the wildlife in their natural habitat, including alligators, eagles, and herons. Learn about the area and its ecosystems from your guide. Enjoy transportation from the meeting place to the launch point of your trip near Everglades National Park, where you'll get instruction on how to safely maneuver the kayak. Set off through the kayaking trail as you learn about the Everglades' plants, animals, and ecosystems from your guide. Keep an eye out for animals in their natural habitats like alligators, bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, cormorants, anhingas, spoonbills, and other birds. As you paddle through the beautiful trail you'll discover some charming hidden spots along the way with the help of your local guide.

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What people are saying about Fort Myers

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 107 reviews

Enough assistance to keep me out of danger, enough encouragement to learn how to kayak. John was as personable and professional as I could have hoped for.

We enjoyed our tour very much. The guide was knowledgeable and did a nice job of answering questions, and informing us about plants and animals we saw.

The tour was so fun and we learned a lot about the area too. Highly recommend!

This was my favorite part of our trip to the Everglades!

it was entertaining and the Captain was informative