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Ten Thousand Islands

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, FL

The Basics

You can explore the archipelago’s remote islets in a variety of ways, either with a tour or solo if you’re an experienced boater or paddler. Take a canoeing or kayaking ecotour to discover the diverse flora and fauna of the region up close. Boat safaris offer a more relaxing journey and the chance to discover native wildlife like manatees, river otters, and bottlenose dolphins. Fishing expeditions are also available, where you can enjoy a private charter boat and cast a line to catch local gamefish.

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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
$90.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A must do
Sara our boat captain was the best! Very knowledgeable. The whole trip exceeded our expectations. We saw so many dolphins.
Lisa_D, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Everglades National Park

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Great trip
William_B, Nov 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The beauty of the area was wonderful. The captain and the mate were very knowledgeable. It was great to see the dolphins and other wildlife.
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Great way to spend three hours touring the 10,000 islands. Knowledgeable crew made the tour educational.
Stacey_J, Oct 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Our tour included wildlife viewing, shelling on a quiet beach and an up close view of the Dome houses. We highly recommend this tour if you love nature and a pleasant boat ride.
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Good day on the boat!
Judy_W, Sep 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Nice to see perspective of the Ten Thousand Islands. Saw some wildlife and shell island for shelling and swimming. Good time. Captain Dave and Wesley were very hospitable.
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Had a GREAT TIME!!!
Chris_D, Oct 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Dolphins swimming in and out of the boat wakes was awesome! Crew was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant!
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Amazing!
Brooke_A, Oct 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
First off Ryan was great very aware and knowledgeable. Brought us to an Amazing Island that was all Seashells.! SO COOL! LITERALLY! An absolutely beautiful boat ride. To boot...😃👍
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We saw a Manatee,...
Peter_B, Oct 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
We saw a Manatee, dolphins. Took a great swim on the beach. The Captain and mate were very entertaining and knowledgeable . Great value. Nice experience. Learned a lot.
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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Jaden_R, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
We had a great trip to the Ten Thousand Islands with Captain Campbell and Wes. They kept us laughing while we learned about the area. We couldn’t believe how many dolphins and manatees we saw. The beach time was heavenly. Highly recommend this tour.
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A must see in southwest florida
Natalie_L, Oct 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Joe was an amazing captain who made sure we saw dolphins on our tour! He truly made our first trip to Naples an unforgettable experience.
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Awesome Experience!
Elizabeth_F, Sep 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
I have taken this tour twice with visiting friends and family and each time was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Sara, was excellent in finding the local wildlife and providing interesting and educational details on everything we were seeing. Highly recommend this tour and will continue to book when guests are visiting.
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Fun trip!
Noelle_R, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The tour was very good and the guides were very knowledgeable about the Ten Thousand Islands area, including the resident wildlife! Glad we had some time to explore the beach for shells!
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Great experience
Heather_E, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Informative, fun, adventurous experience! Couldn’t have asked for more! We saw dolphins, a manatee, and numerous local birds. The shelling location was beautiful and abundant with shells.
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So much fun!
Jacqueline_H, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The captains were both super friendly, the tour was beautiful and educational! The beach sand was white as sugar and filled with so many shells. Definitely worth it!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ten Thousand Islands are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and insect repellant.

  • There are no facilities available on the islands, so take this into consideration before heading out to explore.

  • Camping within the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is free but accessible only by boat.

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How to Get There

Ten Thousand Islands is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The islands of the refuge are best reached by boat, kayak, or canoe, with access points found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands, just off US 41 from Naples, as well as from Chokoloskee Island, just south of Everglades City. You can also drive to the Marsh Trail, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of Collier-Seminole State Park and with an 18-space parking lot.

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When to Get There

For all-day adventures, visit Ten Thousand Islands between October and May, when the weather is cooler and drier—and there are fewer mosquitos. If going between June and September, book your hikes and boating adventures for the morning to avoid the hottest parts of the day and frequent afternoon thunderstorms.

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The First Settlers

Native Americans inhabited the Ten Thousand Islands region more than 3,500 years ago. Many shell rings and a few settlements have been found in or next to the region, such as the Horr’s Island archaeological site, but have been flooded by rising sea levels. The area was once good for fishing and trading, but after European settlers arrived in the area, the native populations were wiped out by foreign diseases and disputes.

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