We took the 1.5 hour tour which included a trip to the island. The island needs work! The house doesn't look authentic, you can only walk around it, and there is a lot of trash on it. Our captain was great, very informative and professional. Unfortunately our boat puttered out and we had to drift in at the end. Prior to our tour there was a captain arguing with someone who appeared to be part of the 'family' who owned the company. The Captain wanted to do maintenance on his engine and the owner was telling him no due to time. I can see why some other reviewers have had their boats stop if this occurs regularly.
Overall you spend about 40 minutes (20 in and 20 out) in a no wake zone with not much to see. 20 minutes on the island which I would avoid, and 20 minutes zipping thru the Mangrove trees which was the highlight of the tour. There were two alligators which almost seemed domesticated if that's possible but since I've never seen one up close it was pretty cool.
I haven't done any other airboat tours in the Everglades so I have nothing to compare it to. It was an experience so to that end I would recommend but I wouldn't do it again for the price.
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