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Address: 599 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Phone Number: +1 321-799-5495

Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the...

Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational, informative and fun presentations.

See the other side of Cocoa Beach, Banana River, Indian River Lagoon, and the understanding of manatees, dolphins and birds, as well as the mangrove islands.

Our 20 passenger catamaran, with open seating and coverage to provide shade allows for a more personal and interactive experience.

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Private tours are also available for birding, photography, and marine science. Private charters for birthday parties, reunions company off time or you name it.

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A great experience!

My husband and I took our 3 young daughters (ages 7-9) on a 2 hour tour and everyone in the family had a great time. We saw dolphins, a manatee, a variety of birds and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 29, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

My husband and I took our 3 young daughters (ages 7-9) on a 2 hour tour and everyone in the family had a great time. We saw dolphins, a manatee, a variety of birds and the scenery was just beautiful. The tour guides were really friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

1 Thank chicagomom101
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic morning. A perfect break from the parks and brilliant value for money. During the 2 hour tour both the dolphins and manatees came close to the boat numerous times. The crew were brilliant and very knowledgable of the local wildlife. They were relaxed, friendly and had an instant rapport with the kids, letting them steer the boat... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

We are a family of 15. We went on the 10:00 tour. We actually reserved the entire boat and it was cheaper than paying for each of us...........and it was so fun to have the boat all to ourselves. Jannette and Michelle were great. They showed us so many interesting things on our tour. We saw lots of manatee and... More 

Thank vgcbennett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

We went on the ten o'clock tour. It was fantastic. We saw tons of wildlife. The tour guides were super friendly and informative. They even let our son drive the boat. I think he said it best when he said it was the best ever. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank Erin L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Our family of five (kids aged 11, 8 and 6) thoroughly enjoyed our tour on a sunny and warm late July afternoon. Our guides, Tanya and Speedy, were very knowledgeable and respectful about the area. They were funny and most importantly treated our kids amazingly, which all parents appreciate. We saw many manatees, quite a few dolphins and countless birds.... More 

Thank Ryan M
Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Two hour tour. They have binoculars on board for all to use, and a cooler with water and sodas. The neatest experience seeing manatees and dolphins up close!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend going on this tour if you get the chance. Tanya and Speedy were absolutely fabulous! They both were knowledgable and so pleasant. They could spot almost any bird and describe what they were and characteristics of the bird. We had fun watching several dolphins catching fish. It was a great 2 hour tour. Our youngest 2,... More 

Thank Lkmarx
Beltsville, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

I went to take photos & learn a little about the area. I learned a little, but not much more than I already knew. Plus, I asked about the pollution & algae problems (how they affected the area rivers) and the guide denied any problems existed. This is not true--the Treasure Coast closed beaches several days after my boat trip... More 

Thank KathleenRev
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Great tour. We saw a variety of wildlife including manatees, dolphins, American white ibis, great egrets, snowy egrets, anhinga, green heron, pelicans, sea gulls, cormorants, osprey, and learned about the mangroves. If you enjoy photography be sure and print a 300mm lens or higher. 500mm would be best.

Thank Clinton K
North Aurora, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

We were really disappointed in this tour. This was more of a boat ride among Cocoa Beach houses verses any sort of true nature experience as it is billed. The "biologist" had to google answers to some basic questions and gave no history of the natural area that was not solicited. Most insulting, she and the captain engaged in a... More 

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natureone1, General Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the tour. As it was stated to you the nature preserve backs up to the residential area so there are times where the houses are on one side of the boat and nature on the other side. However you have several parts of the tour with no houses. We do not have... More 

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