10,000 Islands Excursion, Marco Island, FL
Experience ID: 428
A Florida Master Naturalist Guide, in a very comfortable power boat, will take you through the mangrove estuary of the coastal Everglades and 10,000 Islands. Learn about the area as a whole - its unique ecosystems, as well as, it's rich heritage and culture. You may encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, roseate spoonbills and/or numerous species of fish and shore birds. Once you reach a remote barrier island destination, you will leave the power boat for a hands-on experience on the island's beaches, tidal pools and inter-tidal zones. Shelling on these beaches is awesome as they can only be reached with a boat.
With your assistance, the guide uses supple seine nets to temporarily and humanely capture samples of the wonderfully diverse critters that call this zone home. Magnifying viewing devices are used to view, examine and identify the various species before they are carefully released. For parents and grandparents wanting an active role as educators, the naturalists guides will facilitate the experience and help you be the instructor. The seine activity is a wonder hands-on, multigenerational experience that will have you wading in thigh deep waters.
- Please expect the excursion to be approximately 3½ hours in duration.
- Great for all Ages and Experience Levels.
- Limited to 6 guests.
- Clothes you don't mind getting a little wet.
- Swim suit/board shorts, shirt; Cool weather... cover-ups (avoid cotton).
- Water Shoes or sandals that can be worn in the water.
- Departing at 9:00 and 1:30.
- Price per kids under 12 years old: $90.
- Licensed US Coast Guard Captain.
What should I bring:
- Bring an extra change of clothes just in case.
- Hat & sunglasses are great and SUNSCREEN - very important.
- Camera & Dry bag (optional).
- Bottled water, Snacks.
- Towel (left in car).
- Any special personal paddling gear if you like.
- Bug Repellent.
What if there is bad weather the day of our trip?
The weather in the area is generally quite pleasant. The months of June through October can produce strong afternoon thunderstorms that the guides carefully monitor. The morning tours these months are preferred. December through February sometimes have cold snaps. The staff continuously monitor weather conditions to insure you have the safest and most enjoyable trip possible. Obviously, the guides are not in charge of the weather and cannot change a rainy day to sunshine to accommodate their plans. Your best bet is to be prepared for all types of weather and you will remain comfortable.
How many participants will be on a trip?
This trip tries to keep the group size to six guests with each guide so that the tours are intimate and personal.