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Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area

Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area

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Fort Myers Beach, United States
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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon9 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon9 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover Florida’s wild Everglades on an exciting full-day tour from the Greater Fort Myers area. Travel by airboat deep into the secluded Western Everglades, explore Big Cypress National Preserve by van and foot, and take a leisurely cruise through a mangrove forest. Enjoy commentary from your naturalist guide as you spot manatees, dolphins, and native birds and lunch .
  • Full-day Everglades adventure from the Greater Fort Myers area
  • Take a thrilling airboat ride through the Western Everglades
  • See wildlife on a van tour through Big Cypress National Preserve and a nature walk through an ancient cypress forest
  • Relax on a boat cruise through the mangrove forest of Everglades National Park
  • Your expert naturalist guide provides interesting commentary and answer any questions you have
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned 13-passenger van
Hotel pickup and drop-off (Only Select Hotels)
Expert naturalist or biologist guide
1-hour airboat ride
1-hour boat cruise
Narrated van tour
Lunch
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
  • Walmart Supercenter , 17105 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA

    Guide will meet guests in the NW side of the parking lot across from the Murphy Express Gas station at 7:15am .

  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery , 14801 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33912, USA

    Guide will meet guests in the south end of the Perkins Restaurant parking lot near the Dairy Queen at 7:30am.

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Estero , 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr, Estero, FL 33928, USA

    Guide will meet guests in front of the lobby between 7:50am and 8:00am.

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Estero , 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero, FL 33928
    7:30 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.If your hotel is not listed, please let us know where you are staying and we will provide the nearest pickup location. Guests staying in Sanibel/Fort Myers Beach area will be directed to the Sanibel/Fort Myers Beach Walmart (17105 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers). Guests staying in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area will be directed to Perkins Restaurant (14801 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers) and all other guests will be directed to Embassy Suites (10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero).
    Your full-day Everglades adventure begins with morning pickup from select hotels in the Greater Fort Myers area. Meet your naturalist guide and enjoy the ride in the Western Everglades. Here, board a small airboat and set off on an educational ride. Zip through narrow swamp passages and get close to native wildlife.

    Next, hop back in the transit van for a tour of Big Cypress National Preserve. Your expert guide’s commentary makes this an unforgettable wildlife-spotting expedition. Skirt through fields of sawgrass and stretch your legs with a walk along cypress-lined trails. See some of the area’s native animals including alligators, turtles, otters, wild pigs, panthers, and variety of waterfowl.

    After your walking tour, take a break for some lunch. Feast on unique local cuisine, and then head back to the water for a boat cruise through a majestic mangrove forest. Wind through some of the Everglades 10,000 islands and search for friendly water creatures like manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins. Throughout the trip, learn about the Everglades’ unique ecosystem and conservationist efforts to preserve it. 

    Your tour concludes with afternoon drop-off at your starting point.

    Please note: if your hotel is not on the list provided then pickup will be at one of the three main pickups - Hampton Inn Fort Myers Beach Gateway (11281 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers), Perkins Restaurant (14801 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers) or Embassy Suites (10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero)
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Airboats & Alligators
    Considered the best airboat ride in the Everglades, you'll be taken through the pond apple swamps and cattail marshes in search of alligators, turtles, birds and more!
    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Big Cypress National Preserve
    Wildlifedrive through the back country of the first Preserve in the National Park system.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Island Cafe
    Enjoy lunch in the heart of the Everglades with a choice of over over 20 items including burgers, chicken, fish and salads.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Smallwood Store Boat Tour
    Journey through the "Ten Thousand Islands" in Everglades National Park, the 2nd largest mangrove forest in the world where you will seek out dolphin, manatee and other species of coastal wildlife in the southern most frontier.
    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Smallwood Store
    Step back in time and explore the historic Smallwoods Store Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum stands frozen in time, a window to a bygone era when the store was the islands trading post and island life revolved around the activities here.
    Duration: 25 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
    Nature Walk through a grove of ancient cypress trees out to a "gator hole" where female alligators have been nesting for decades.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 5 years old
    • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended
    • Strollers are not permitted
    • Please note: if your hotel is not on the list provided then pickup will be at the Perkins Restaurant, 14801 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908 at 7:35 am
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Everglades Day Safari
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Captain Bob's Everglades Adventure from Fort Myers/Naples Area.

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    • "The return time is very unpredictable due to in season traffic, so don’t schedule dinner reservations." See review

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    star-5
    Exhilarating & a ton of fun! 😊
    Betty_C
    , Apr 2022
    Every part was memorable but our favorite part, along with the amazing wildlife we saw, was our tour guide, Mark Hamilton "Bushman" Quinn. He was so exceptionally knowledgeable and incredibly entertaining. The entire tour was fantastic from the airboat ride to the nature hike and the boat tour. It was fantastic!
    star-5
    Best day at Everglades National Park
    Wendy_W
    , Mar 2022
    Our full day at Everglades National Park was filled with amazing wildlife. We saw over 25 species of birds, too many alligators to count, dolphins, manatees, turtles and more. Our guide, Zac, was there for us every step of the way. We couldn’t ask for better guides or a better day.
    star-5
    Unexpected bonuses at every turn...
    Laura_Y
    , Mar 2022
    All of our guides were so passionate about the wildlife and the history that is was contagious! They answered questions I would never have thought of asking. It was so exciting to see a manatee in it's natural environment. The lunch spot was so special with local spirit - a true gem. Also, I wish I could ride the airboat again....
    star-5
    Agreed that this was the...
    Barbara_R
    , Mar 2022
    Agreed that this was the best thing we did on our vacation. Everything was great from start to finish.
    star-5
    Highly recommend!
    Candace_S
    , Mar 2022
    This tour of the Everglades had everything you could want to see. Our guide Mark was an amazing guide full of knowledge that made our trip unforgettable. We had the opportunity to see all kinds of animals from dolphins, alligators, turtles, snakes, manatees, and more! If you're looking for a day of adventure in the Everglades, I highly recommend this experience!
    star-5
    Excellent trip
    Penny_L
    , Mar 2022
    Our guide, Zac, was wonderful! He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We kept to a schedule without feeling rushed. I throughly enjoyed the day. We saw many birds that I hadn’t seen before due to Zak’s keen eyes and knowledge. I highly recommend this trip.
    star-5
    Heidi our guide was...
    Steven_G
    , Mar 2022
    Heidi our guide was fantastic! Personable and very knowledgeable. We even stopped twice to rescue turtle on the highway to prevent them from being hit.
    star-5
    Everglades the beautiful
    Thomas_E
    , Mar 2022
    We had a wonderful time. Zap was a great guide and knew a lot about the history of the Everglades and the wildlife. Lunch was fantastic. If you are even thinking about going go.
    star-5
    Incredible experience
    Sandy_S
    , Mar 2022
    Fun from start to finish. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. New and exciting experience. Delicious food. Everyone was very kind and accommodating. Highly recommended! ✨🤩
    star-4
    Everglades Travel Triathlon!
    Donna_W
    , Feb 2022
    The boat rides were awesome. We learned a lot of history about birds, panthers and alligators! Oh my!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Everglades
    Pamela_T
    , Feb 2022
    Great for a taste of the Everglades. We saw a lot of birds and alligators, and a few spiders and snakes! Our guide was great and new the best seafood lunch spot. It was nice to have a driver because the traffic back from airboat ride was terrible!
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
    Hi Pamela, Thanks for taking the time to offer feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and your guide. Sounds like a 5-star day!
    star-5
    Zack was a great guide!...
    Shannon_S
    , Feb 2022
    Zack was a great guide! Very knowledgeable, friendly and kind. Seeing all the wild life. The boat rides were fun although a little cold.
    star-5
    A tour with diversity!
    Sandra_B
    , Feb 2022
    Appreciated the knowledgeable guide and her tales of local lore. Fakahatchee nature walk was a favorite followed by the Everglades airboat ride. Even the Smallwood Store stop was special and not at all “touristy”. Tour delivered everything it promised! Great value!
    star-5
    Book it now, you'll love it!
    Janessa_D
    , Feb 2022
    Don't hesitate to book this trip - it is worth every penny. My husband and I are scientists and have done many wildlife/nature trips all over the continent, and the naturalists leading the tours usually range from meh to pretty good. This tour was exceptional, and our guide Rhett made it absolutely incredible with his knowledge, experience, and sense of adventure. He's a true animal nerd and we instantly felt relaxed and confident that we would learn and see a lot on the trip. He did not disappoint - we saw more than 50 species of birds, 5-10 species of turtles, and countless plant species. In terms of accessibility on this trip, Rhett was really good about telling us where restrooms were, what to expect, etc. I appreciate that a lot!
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
    High praise! Thank you for the great review. Rhett is an amazing guide, wildlife biologist and restroom pointer outer. :) Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge his expertise and the quality of our tour.
    star-5
    Amazing trip!
    Carolyn_P
    , Jan 2022
    Everything about the trip was fantastic. The guide., Rhett, was knowledgeable and organized. The boat rides gave us close up video views of flora and fauna. The bird life was amazing, as was seeing gators very close. What wonderful lunch. The only downside was there was no pickup spot in Naples.
    star-5
    Everglades tour
    Karen_M
    , Dec 2021
    Rhett, Is a extremely well knowledgeable tour guide showed us many birds plant species animals more than we ever expected. Would recommend this tour to any age group!
    star-5
    A day in the Everglades
    Lorene_F
    , Dec 2021
    Rhett is a fabulous guide. We learned so much. He made sure we saw everything. It was a perfect excursion ad we did everything the brochure promised. Tristan was also an amazing guide. So good was our Everglades day trip. Kenny was also very informative guide. Thank you.
    star-5
    For easy going inquisitive travelers
    Anna_R
    , Dec 2021
    Great for bird watchers, easy going daily trip; Rath was an excellent guide through the National Park, knowledgable, attentive to travelers needs, timely, well organized. We love the experience of mixed activities, mixed wetlands ecosystems. We saw over 30 gators and rare birds. A+, though little pricey. We love it!
    star-5
    Welcome to the JUNGLE
    MsRoni_R
    , Dec 2021
    Rhett was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of the variety of wildlife via the trail and alligator tour was superb. He was a walking thesaurus when it came to the nature and wildlife. The entire day was worth every cent. Keep up the good work Rhett and thanks for sharing your personal history.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
    Glad you loved the tour and Rhett as your guide. Thanks for the review!
    star-5
    Great trip
    Patti_F
    , Dec 2021
    Trip was wonderful. Rhett was an excellent tour guide. And the boat captains were awesome too. We saw so many birds and alligators. Dolphins too. Great experience
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
    Thanks of the 5-star review.I appreciate the kinds words for the tour and Rhett's expertise.

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