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Dolphin Shelling & Sightseeing Boat Tour

snorkeling

Dolphin Shelling & Sightseeing Boat Tour

Duration
4.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
snorkeling

Dolphin Shelling & Sightseeing Boat Tour

snorkeling

Dolphin Shelling & Sightseeing Boat Tour

Duration
4.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

You'll be greeted aboard my Chaparral 230 Suncoast, by a smiling face & helping hand. I'll get you & your party settled in & ready to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of San Carlos Bay & the shores of The Gulf of Mexico. Your private tour begins by exploring the local Eco System with a cruise through the pristine mangroves of Shell Creek. Here we'll cruise at idle speed through the Manatee zones. We'll search here for these majestic gentle giants as well as look for Dolphins to view up close & personal. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons & Pink Rosetta Spoonbills are often spotted in this natural & serene habitat. We'll cover over 20 nautical miles on our adventure. While navigating, we'll view the sights along the way to our stop (weather conditions permitting) at Big Hickory Preserve. This island is only accessible by boat. Here we'll look for seashells or have a quick picnic lunch if you bring one. Big Hickory Preserve is known for its shelling opportunities, white sand & picturesque beauty. Onward, now to look for dolphins! It's typical to find a friendly & playful pod who likes to play in the wake of the vessel. If successful, we'll record that action on our GoPro camera for you to remember this awesome experience! We'll also stop in front of the Sanibel Lighthouse for a mantle worthy photo of your group on the bow before we head back to port.

Your host

Learn more about John

John

I have spent thousands of hours on the various vessels I have owned over the years and have been a US Coast Guard Master Captain since 2009. As a native Floridian who has always been a nature lover, I am always amazed at the natural beauty of this part of Florida. Growing up on the shores of Tampa Bay, the days of my youth were spent on what in my mind, were great outdoor adventures. I was always up early typically before the sun was up and as a young boy, I would make my own toast and coffee (yes! coffee) and would leave the house to go fishing, bird watching and snake hunting.

What's included

Drinks
A cooler with ice and water for your use is included. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch to add to the cooler and the…
Equipment
Beach towels, shelling buckets

Where you'll be

Big Hickory Preserve is part of the Estero Bay portion of the 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway near Bonita Springs. Purchased for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land, its beaches, mangrove swamps and mangrove islands provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife. The Sanibel Lighthouse was built in 1884 to help guide ships crossing the Gulf waters to reach the Punta Rassa shipping port.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend. You should be in good health & free from high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, vertigo or other conditions that could be aggravated by this activity.

More tips

This experience will involves getting into and out of a boat at a dock and at shore without a dock if you are physically able.

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Dolphin Shelling & Sightseeing Boat Tour
New experience
From $595/person
New experience
From $595/person