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Native Guides Sanibel-Captiva Charter services

15183 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island, FL 33924
239-822-3337
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Want to experience a true view of south west Florida through the eyes of a native? Join Captain...
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Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Want to experience a true view of south west Florida through the eyes of a native? Join Captain John Houston on one of his customized guided tours into the heart of Old Florida. Born and raised on Dinkins Bayou of Sanibel Island, John spent his childhood exploring the surrounding waters and educating himself on its ecosystem. Being a fourth generation Floridian, He has had the rare opportunity to learn firsthand how the rugged local history has shaped Southwest Florida into what it is today.

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Newtown, PA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This was our second time out with John. He's professional, friendly, and patient with younger anglers. Patient with older rookie Pine Island casters like me. The tide was so low I thought we would not catch anything, but John took us to a spot where we immediately starting hitting sea trout. We caught several for one heck of a meal... More 

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nashville,tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

This is a must do! Everything you would look for in a guide. We did a sight seeing and shelling excursion, but will do fishing our next trip. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Captain John had us on the fish early and often! The four of us must have caught 15 fish a piece with 7 total keepers. John was always ready to bait the hooks and tell us where to cast. We told him our goal was dinner for 12 and he made it happen for us. He filleted the fish perfectly... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

You never know what you're going to get when you shell out big bucks for a service far from home, that you book from a website without a personal recommendation. Well, let me assure you, if you are in that boat, that Native Guides and Captain John Houston is the absolute best! John took me, my wife, my eleven-year-old daughter... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

John Houston is an excellent guide. He took my mother, my 10 year old son, and me on a great trip for lunch to cabbage key ( of jimmy Buffett "cheeseburger in Paradise" fame) and then on to shelling at Cayo Costa state park. He was great with my son, helping him fish and showing him how to dive for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Our group of four adults did a 4 hour afternoon boat excursion with Captain John. The boat was equipped with a cooler and ice for our beverages. We started out of the marina and Capt John pointed out a manatee as we were leaving. Then it was off to snorkel/shell/sightsee and have lunch at Cabbage Key. John is clearly very... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We visited Sanibel Island in April and really enjoyed our boat tour with Captain John. He not only was a wonderful, knowledgable guide, but he was also personable and fun. My twin teenage sons enjoyed talking to him and learning from him, as did I. He took us to different places to catch different types of fish, and even called... More 

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The front-desk at our hotel recommended "Native Guides" when we asked about snorkeling. Captain Johnny took us snorkeling, shelling and wildlife spotting (dolphins and manatees). Reservations required. We called two days ahead and booked a 3 hour tour. They provided snorkeling equipment. We brought (soft) drinks and sandwiches in a small cooler (which I would recommend you do too). Our... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This was my first trip to Captiva and I figured while I was here I might as well try my hand at catching a tarpon. I found captain Houston by asking some locals. John is a guy you'd want to be friends with, I could pay someone no higher compliment. He was courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, and communicated his thoughts clearly... More 

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Hanover
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Search for shells on islands not accessible by land! Captain Deiter of Captiva Charter will get you to the best spots. Want to see where the manatees are hanging out? Captain Dieter can find them. Interested in learning details about Captiva and Sanibel islands only the locals know, where to get the best ice cream, where the fish are biting,... More 

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