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Small Group Motorboat Eco Tour of the Everglades
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Small Group Motorboat Eco Tour of the Everglades

By Native Tours & Fishing Charters
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Ages 1-120, max of 6 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2023

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • insect repellent
  • Ponchos
  • Safety Equipment


Departure details
  • 801 Copeland Ave, Everglades City, FL 34139, USA Marina located behind The Glades Haven
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 117855P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    801 Copeland Ave
    801 Copeland Ave, Everglades City, FL 34139, USA
    Marina located behind The Glades Haven
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Chokoloskee Bay
    Native Tours & Fishing Charters
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    Everglades National Park
    Stop: 3 hours
    The 10,000 Islands are located inside of Everglades National Park.
    Read more
    Pass by
    Smallwood Store
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator
Native Tours & Fishing Charters
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Everglades City, Florida
Joined in April 2018

#2 of 40 Tours & Activities in Everglades City
  • mjbdpm
    mjbdpm
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    Varied ecology
    What we experienced was interesting Would have liked to have been exposed to some marsh ecology different flora and animals
  • Ellen K
    Ellen K
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    Great long morning around the Islands.
    Captain Josh was a great guide with more stories and facts than you can imagine. We saw many dolphin enjoying our wake, playing in the waves. We enjoyed all of the bird activity. We were brought to Pavillion Island for a nice shoreline walk. I think Josh went longer than our 3 1/2 hour time and did not seem in a run to end the trip. He really seems to enjoy his job and is good at it.
  • F3191YYchristopherc
    F3191YYchristopherc
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    The best eco tour in Florida
    Our guide was a local with decades of knowledge, boating in the Everglades since he was 12. He knows all the good spots for seeing the other (wild) locals such as the raccoons, huge variety of birds, manatees, and can brag that he is friends with the local dolphins.
  • Luvualaska
    Luvualaska
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    Best Eco-experience in the Everglades!!
    Captain Josh is amazing. He took excellent care of us with snacks and water. Shared so much information about the area, the wildlife and culture. We got history and biology lessons that were fun and entertaining. Thank you for making this an epic memory. Seeing dolphins play, visiting an island with amazing shells, the mangroves and the birds are magnificent!
  • zsdeut
    zsdeut
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    A perfect day!
    We have already participated in this tour for a second time and it was amazing again. It was the highlight of our vacation. Josh is very knowledgeable about the environment and knows a lot about the different birds, the dolphins and the other wildlife that we encountered. We saw dolphins, huge pelicans and numerous birds. The boat was smooth and easy to ride. He had many extras like snacks, waters and sunscreen. If we had any questions or thought we saw something he would gladly stop and go more in depth. And the dolphins playing in the wake of the boat was an extra special treat. Strongly recommend this tour to anyone interested in wildlife and nature. Thank you very much!
  • MargaretNicole
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    Excellent trip with a real naturalist
    We had an amazing day trip out to the Ten Thousand Islands- couldn't have been better. We had a private tour, due to Covid, so that was a bonus. We saw the mangroves, birds, and beautiful natural places, including the island with the shelly beach. (My first time seeing horseshoe crabs.) We also had dolphins playing around the boat in the wake, very close to us. I guess this is common here, you will likely see them if you go. We were unlucky with manatees and turtles the day we went. What made the trip really unique was that our captain was a real expert on local wildlife, who has done research projects, etc. He is also a very experienced boat captain, and the boat was very comfortable. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It was really wonderful.
  • NikAnnTar
    NikAnnTar
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    Birthday Fishing Charter in the Everglades
    Special & awesome day on the water. Capt Josh is an all-around great guy! He has a ton of patience and is super helpful. He was focused on our comfort and took care of everything. So friendly and fun to hang out with. Highly recommend booking your charter with Native /Josh. We’ll be back for sure! 5 stars!!
  • adam88819
    adam88819
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    An amazing tour!
    An absolute amazing tour. We had a total of 4 on the boat and captain Josh made sure we all felt safe and had a great time. We had great dolphins and birds. Pavilion key is an amazing spot to stop as well. Don't miss this opportunity if you are ever in the area!!
  • TrudieM42
    TrudieM42
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    perfect day on the water
    today I took a private tour with josh. he was born here and knows the territory inside out. he knows every tree and every animal and the animals know him. schools of dolfins came out to ride alongside our boat, we also spotted loggerhead turtles and many birds. highly recommendable tour where you see a lot of nature and have all the comforts of being in a Nice boat with an excellent guide with drinks and snacks...
  • moechslin
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    10000 Island Florida
    We made a boat ride with Capt. Josh Fussell to the 10000 Islands in Florida. Josh is a very good guide and can report very interesting things about nature and animals. We saw a lot of dolphins, birds and also we saw manatees. We saw a beautiful sunset. We were 4 adults and everybody enjoyed a lot. We really can recommend him.
  • 1x7
    1x7
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    Unforgettable Day
    We had a wonderful experience with captain Josh! He is very knowledgeable and his love for the area is contagious. Our trip was informative interesting relaxing and most memorable! Our highlight was the pod of dolphins who happily played near us then followed in our wake! Highly recommended!!!
  • Mowalie
    Mowalie
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    Fantastic time
    All the other reviews say it all - we had a fantastic time, seeing the islands, dolphins, turtle, bird life etc thank you
  • ayala101
    ayala101
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    Incredible afternoon with Captain Josh!
    Words cannot describe what an incredible afternoon with had with Josh. Our family of four (adults plus 10 and 7 year old) had one of our most memorable and fun experiences ever. The diversity of wildlife was awesome, and joshs knowledge added so much to our afternoon. His biological knowledge and his love for the area and the animals who call it home made it such a special trip. PLUS he knew just how to get the dolphins to play in the wake of the boat. We will remember this afternoon forever. Thank you Josh!!
  • Efeeney
    Efeeney
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    Thank you
    Thank you for showing us the wildlife including dolphin, sea turtles, and many birds. You did a great job.
  • Elaine A
    Elaine A
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    Great job.
    Josh was knowledgeable and very kind. He made sure we were as comfortable as possible. He went out of his way to make sure we had a great time showing us dolphin and manatees.
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DCandVC
Cadott, WI171 contributions
Oct 2020
Having visited Florida many times, we have enjoyed a variety of experiences in the Everglades. This personally guided eco-tour was a novel and fascinating 3 1/2 hour tour of the northern end of the 10,000 islands separating the mainland from the Gulf of Mexico. Many guides in this area are seasonal employees who live elsewhere. We were thrilled to be guided by Josh, a sixth-generation native and life-long resident with an obvious love of the Everglades who was not only an exceptional guide but a storyteller who shared his culture and Florida history. Our boat was very clean and convenient for two to six people. Josh was personable, hospitable, and conscious of Covid safety policy.

We observed and learned about many types of birds, trees, plant life, sea shells, turtles, and dolphins. Josh understands and relates to the dolphins and was able, on several occasions, to lead them to the boat for aerial entertainment (for them and for us!).

This has been a good time to travel as tourism is slower and yet we were safe on the boat. We would certainly encourage others to take this tour.
Written October 29, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you so much!
Written October 30, 2020
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maverick0401
Alpharetta, GA3 contributions
Dec 2019
This was one of the most fun activities we did on our trip to South Florida. Josh made sure we were all comfortable in our chairs and started our tour through the Everglades. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the entire area, the landscape and the wildlife. He kept a lookout for any animals we might want to see and would change directions, if needed, just to show us something amazing. We had two teenage girls with us and they were entertained the entire time. The dolphins and pelicans were definitely the highlight of the trip. We were all mesmerized by the dolphins swimming and playing right by the boat. We stopped for about 30-40 minutes at an island to explore. Josh also had plenty of water and snacks for everyone. Would highly recommend this trip.
Written January 8, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you!
Written January 26, 2020
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Disp405
Denver, CO1 contribution
Jun 2020
What a spectacular 3.5 hour Eco Tour. Josh is the Captain/owner/operator of Native Tours and Fishing Charter and is a born and raised native to the Everglades. His love of the area is clearly expressed through his knowledge of the ecosystem and history of SW Florida.

Ask him a question about the area and sit back and enjoy the fascinating journey. He will take you back thousands of years expanding on the current and extinct native populations, how mangroves are made, what it takes to navigate the keys as they change hourly, daily, seasonally while providing very detailed information about the local wildlife and habitat.

He is so in tuned with the local dolphin population that he can judge if they are in the mood to play in the wake of the tour boat. What a treat if they are. Josh knows when they are disinterested and when to disengage contact as to make the experience pleasurable for both human and dolphin.

I would comeback in a heartbeat to experience his other offerings such as a Bioluminescent tour on a no moon evening or Fishing expedition.

Enjoy your 3.5 hour Eco encounter with Dolphin, Manatee, Sea Turtles, and Paradise beach shelling experience.
Written July 3, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you so much for the awesome review! Hope to see you again!
Written July 5, 2020
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sharon7410
2 contributions
Feb 2020
Capt Josh is a very interesting knowledgeable fellow. Not what I expected for an Everglades tour but the afternoon flew by and was so enjoyable. Capt Josh grew up on the water and has a degree in biology. He spoke about the history of the area and have us all sorts of interesting facts about the indigenous people and their culture. We saw many birds and would have seen sea turtles and possibly gators but the day was hotter than normal. The highlight was the 4-5 dolphins that we saw up close and personal surfing in the wake of the boat. The boat was comfortable with a canopy. Great experience! We also stopped to shell at Parliament Key and saw horseshoe crabs.
Written February 19, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you Sharon. Glad you enjoyed it!
Written February 22, 2020
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John G
Lydney, UK45 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Josh, a marine scientist and professional wildlife photographer, is so knowledgeable. Born and bred in the Everglades, he knows the area and it’s history intimately and pointed out various species as we passed along. He seems to be a dolphin whisperer - he slowed the boat, the dolphins began lazily circling which is their cue for a game. Josh fired up the engine and we were off, with the dolphins right up by the boat, playing in the wake. Fabulous.
Josh is so respectful of nature and sympathetic to the eco system. We could have experienced none of the interesting insights from a noisy airboat.
We learned so much, had a magical experience - our trip could not have been better. Book this!
John and Valerie
Written February 10, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you so much John and Valerie!
Written February 11, 2020
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Roland180
Malmö, Sweden10 contributions
Dec 2019
The four of us had a wonderful, great half-day with Captain Josh, despite the overcast skies and occasional rain. He pointed out wonderful birds, and the dolphins were jumping in the wake of his boat. We got great photographs of both. He is a wonderful, low-key, knowledgeable guide and none of us could imagine anyone being better. To top it off, he recommended we have lunch at the nearby Havana Café on a nearby island, the same island on which he lives. We were skeptical but went there and had the best lunch ever.
Written February 11, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you so much!
Written February 11, 2020
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Mary R
1 contribution
Feb 2020
From beginning to end, our Captain, Josh, was professional, kind, informative, prepared and entertaining. He knows this area like the back of his hand, navigating with skill and ease. His formal and informal education of the Everglades made him a wealth of knowledge.
Written February 21, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you so much!
Written February 22, 2020
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Frederic K
4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Capt josh was great as usual, full day of fishing plus exploration of an island where a bald eagle spent the better part of 30 minutes on the beach. Found shells and colossa Indian pottery and caught three snook. Can’t wait to go back would give 10 stars if I could!!!
Written April 27, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you! Can't wait do it again!
Written June 29, 2020
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Emily B
Lake Worth, FL9 contributions
May 2022
We spent 4 nights exploring the Everglades around Tamiami Trail and this tour was by far the best experience. Captain Josh is a true native and his knowledge of the area really made this trip special. We saw manatees, see turtles, and countless shore birds. The highlight has to be when Josh got the dolphins to swim in the boat wake with us - worth the price of admission alone! My family created memories that will last a lifetime. If you want to see a very special part of Real Florida with a guide who really knows his stuff, then don't hesitate to book!
Written May 12, 2022
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NativeTours
Thank you so much Emily! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!
Written May 18, 2022
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Tracy T
4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Wonderful trip! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. We highly recommend this tour. Favorite part was the 10-12 dolphins jumping and playing in the wake of our boat. Best day! Everglades are breathtaking, so happy we chose this over a airboat tour. My family was a little chilly at times so I’d recommend warm clothes :)
Written February 4, 2020
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NativeTours
Thank you so much! It was a great day!
Written February 5, 2020
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Product Overview: Small Group Motorboat Eco Tour of the Everglades

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Duration

210 minutes