We hooked up with Captain Dave for a private two-hour tour that launched from Weston, FL. Captain Dave showed great enthusiasm, good humor, and a real commitment to please. Although safety was paramount, Captain Dave didn't lay down a bunch of inane rules. That was refreshing.
Our morning trip was absolutely beautiful. The ride was smooth and the sound of the boat engine actually enhanced the experience. (Captain Dave provided ear muffs for all of us.) We traveled at speeds that gave us a sense of the power, comfort, maneuverability and stability of the boat. At the same time, our speed was such that we could actually survey the area in hopes of spotting a few critters . . . and we did! Alligators, five of them. One turtle and a bunch of cool birds.
Two other important points: First, Captain Dave took the time to explain to us what we were seeing. He took the time to let us absorb the experience. Cappy didn't watch the clock, and we actually ran over. It was great. Here's the other thing: Captain Dave let each of us drive the boat! It's a dual control vessel, so safety wasn't an issue. Captain Dave controlled the speed and we all got to steer through the Everglades. It was an experience we'll never forget.
I don't work for this outfit. I'm just an old retired California cop vacationing with the family. That said, I'll tell you that our time with Captain Dave on the Everglades was worth every penny we spent. When we return to Florida, we're going again, with "Ride the Wind." Do your homework. Compare reviews and make up your own mind. This was my first experience in the Everglades and with an airboat. I just don't know how it could've been any better.
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