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“Great time out on the boat!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Native Guides Sanibel-Captiva Charter services

Native Guides Sanibel-Captiva Charter services
15183 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island, FL 33924
239-822-3337
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Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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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.
Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“Great time out on the boat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

My husband and I really just wanted to get out on the water and have fun and see the islands, we didn't care if we actually caught anything or not. Captain John Houston was great! He asked if we wanted to sport fish, catch dinner or just have fun. So we took us around to all the honey spots so we could just catch and release and we had a blast. We had lots of hits and caught enough fish to be exciting and fun. He told us a lot of the history of the area, about the wildlife and was just great to hang out with. We were out for three hours and that was a perfect amount of time. I asked if we could bring our 4 year old next time and he said sure, he takes out all ages. I'd definitely recommend this charter service.

Visited May 2013
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“Catch a fish on a bare hook??”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Captain John Houston can indeed catch a fish on just a bare hook....he really knows his business! We went on a 4hr fishing tour in hopes to catch our lunch and we did just that and more. He's personable, knowledgeable and determined to find the fish. He will make sure you are satisfied and won't disappoint. When we got back he cleaned and filleted our trout and redfish and our lunch at Lazy Flamingo was delicious.
No need to keep looking through reviews....can't beat him!

Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Fish galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We went on a private fishing trip with Captain John Houston and it was a highlight of our vacation on Sanibel Island! Captain John new the best fishing location and we caught about 30 fish (no joke) in under three hours. My teenager and pre-teen were thrilled. We saw a pod of dolphins on the way back and a lot of beautiful birds. Captain John was very knowledgable about the area and the wildlife. I highly recommend an outing with him. It's money and time well spent.

Visited March 2013
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“Capt. John Huston- Sanibel native and s terrific guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Capt. Houston grew up on Dinkins Bayou on Sanibel and knows the area's waters and wildlife like the back of his hand. Went on a morning birding trip with him, found him engaging, with interesting insights into Sanibel-Captiva history, characters, and takes of an island childhood (he seems to be in his 30s) from not that long ago. We wanted to see a Black Crowned Night Heron, relatively rare and reclusive. John was indefatigable in the search, finally finding one of the birds. His boat was very comfortable roomy for our party of 4. If we'd had more time we would have booked a fishing trip with him. Book ahead with him during the spring busy season and have a great time!

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Tampa, FL
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“Kids had FUN!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We did the 3 hour shelling tour with Derrek. He went out of his way to find manatees and dolphins on our way to an island for seashells. We saw many dolphins, but the manatees were being elusive. Derrek pointed out various facts that we would find of interest. Derrek was friendly and easy going. Once we got to the island, there was no hurry up to leave. I chosed the 3 hours vs 2 hours because I did not want to feel rushed. Four hours might have been too long. Three hours was perfect for us. The boat had a canopy, which I really appreciate not baking in the hot sun for 3 hours. Once on the beach, Derrek showed us a few things of interest. We saw a jellyfish floating around and he talked a bit about that. He did give us some privacy to allow us to walk around and seashell hunt.

My teenagers said it was the best thing we did on the trip! They thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Visited August 2012
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