Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL - Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour
Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL: The Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour combines the best of a boating tour, a kayaking tours and a walking tour into a single wonderful experience. Using a dedicated kayak transport boat you are comfortably and safely transported to some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the Everglades National Park. Once you reach one of the many destinations, the transport boat will "slow" the tour down and turn it into a "hands-on" eco-experience.
Very stable, comfortable kayaks are used to get you close to the flora and fauna. You will continue your interpretive experience with a walking tour on pristine barrier island beach; an island that is seldom visited by others. There is a lot to see and a lot to experience on these barrier islands such as the wrack lines, shallow tidal zones, dunes, uniquely adapted plants, mangrove swamps, many different invertebrate species, lots of shells and much more. Every day and every tide is different.
Meeting/pick-up point: 238 Mamie Street, Chokoloskee, FL 34138.
Duration: Between three and-a-half and four hours (breaks included).
Start/opening time: Tour departs at 9am and 1.30pm. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Languages: In English.
Others: Children must be at least 3 years old to participate.

Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL - Everglades wildlife and photo expedition
Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL: This tour offers visitors a leisurely ride through the Everglades National Park’s 10,000 Island coastal ecosystems. The Wildlife and Photo Expedition is essentially a 2 part adventure First, it is a boat exploration of the 10,000 Islands where you will learn about the Everglades ecosystems, its history and rich culture.
Your naturalist guide will be on the hunt for birds and wildlife of all types such as roseate spoonbills, osprey, ibis, great blue herons, snowy egrets, shore birds, bald eagles, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees and other saltwater creatures. On the second part, your guide will beach the boat and take you on an interpretive stroll on one of the Park’s many uninhabited barrier islands. These islands were for 1000’s of years the home of the Calusa Indians and after them came settles that carved out hard scrabble homesteads and fish camps. For the most part, the untrained eye will not see the signs of the long vanished people; however our naturalist guides will show them to you. Expect lots of learning opportunities in and around the tidal flats, tidal pools, wrack-lines and beach dunes.
Meeting/pick-up point: 238 Maime Street, Chokoloskee, FL 34138.
Duration: Three and-a-half hours.
Start/opening time: Tour departs at 9am and 1.30pm. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Languages: In English.

Available until 22 December 2017
Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL - Mangrove tunnel kayak tour
Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL: The Everglades area is a vast and varied ecosystem containing the largest mangrove forest in North America. Throughout the forest are brackish "lakes" whose waters are a mix of "sweet" fresh water and salt water. This is part of what makes the Everglades so special. These lakes, surrounded by mangroves, are refuges and nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters and a gamut of fishes. This is where the Everglades transitions from freshwater to saltwater and is a wonderful place to experience.
Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the very edge and even over the tops of these creeks forming a canopy or a tunnel. The sunlight shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal and mystical experience in the tunnels. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity allowing orchids, mosses and bromeliads to thrive. This trip is commonly conducted on the upper end of the Turner River in Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve or within Fakahatchee Strant Preserve State Park.
Meeting/pick-up point: Everglades City Welcome Center at 32016 Tamiami Trail East, Everglades City, FL 34139.
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: Tour departs at 8.30am and 1pm. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Languages: In English.
Others: Children must be at least 3 years old to participate.

Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL - Swamp walk tour in the Everglades
Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL: The Everglades is made up of a variety of habitats such as sawgrass, marshes, marl prairies, pinelands, hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, sloughs, domes, mangrove forests and marine estuaries. This popular walking tour takes you through the cypress swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The Fakahatchee Strand is known as "the Amazon of North America".
For thousands of years moving, clean fresh water has carved away at this spectacular environment. Each and every tour will present unique opportunities. You may come across an endangered orchid in bloom, or may see fresh tracks or scat from an elusive Florida panther or Florida black bear. Encounters with white-tailed deer, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, egrets, herons, alligators and water reptiles are always a possibility.
Meeting/pick-up point: Everglades Welcome Center at 32016 Tamiami Trail East, Everglades City, FL 34139.
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: Tour departs at 9am and 1.30pm. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Languages: In English.
Others: Children must be at least 8 years old in order to participate. Cypress "knees" and saw grass require that all guests wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes such as an old pair of sneakers. For the wet walks, it is suggested to bring along a change of clothes, including shoes, for the ride home.

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