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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
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... more » 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. « less
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New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This was one of our most memorable experiences ever. We have gone fishing on vacations before, but having a private boat with an experienced and super nice guide was great. My boys caught a ton of fish, grew a new respect for wildlife and marine life, and I enjoyed the full four hours. Captain John is a perfect blend of... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Our experience was like another where we fished a day after a front went through. Captain John was great at trying to move locations and baits. We did catch some smaller fish, but only one keeper. John was a good guide and friendly. Boat was older but clean and in good shape. Really enjoyed being on the water on a... More

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Orlando, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Over the MLK holiday, my fiance and I booked a charter with Captain John Houston. Our time with him was amazing! We started the day out fishing and caught enough fish to cover lunch and dinner. His knowledge is astounding! From knowing what fish will be caught and where, to where to find the best shells and what type of... More

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