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Manatee & Eco River Tours

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Lovely time on the river

Went with a group and had a lovely ride. Captain John took us along portions of the original river... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
DJ4Traveler
Wonderful tour!

Recently went on this tour and we totally loved it! The boat is clean, comfortable and well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
SarahOzP
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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For the manatee tours (best observations between December and March each year)you will ride on a 40 foot covered vessel which travels the Caloosahatchee River from Sweetwater Landing Marina to the Orange River and back. The Captain and crew will...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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16991 State Route 31, Sweetwater Landing Marina, Fort Myers, FL 33905-4850
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+1 239-693-1434
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went with a group and had a lovely ride. Captain John took us along portions of the original river and then through the Franklin Locks. Nice and informative narration by Kathy. Lovely way to spend a summer morning.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Recently went on this tour and we totally loved it! The boat is clean, comfortable and well maintained. The crew were friendly and informative and very safety minded. Would definitely do this again! Loved going through the lock, and all of the information we learned!...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Very friendly crew and informative. They even served shrimp and cheese. We had taken his day cruise last year. We would do both again. Great value for the money. You won't be disappointed!

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

We went out on a boat tour with the very friendly and informative Captain John and First Mate Robert in April this year. As visitors from the UK and keen naturalists/zoologists we were keen to catch sight of some Florida-specialist species and were not disappointed....More

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Reviewed April 13, 2018

Incredible experience! We brought a group for a charter cruise on the Caloosahatchee and were so impressed with Captain John and his First Mate Robert. Their knowledge of the area's history and ecology was impressive and we were both informed and entertained along the way....More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018

It was a beautiful day. The Captain was very informative. We didn't see any manatee because it was too warm for them to be there. I liked going through the lock. This is a fun thing to do and not expensive.

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ManateeEcoRiverTours, Owner at Manatee & Eco River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

So glad you joined us! This time of the year the manatee move out of our area searching for food sources. If you're here in January or February, come back out and see manatee!

Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Ok, I gotta tell you I had no clue what a Manatee was before this tour, you don't see them in the Colorado Rockies, streams, rivers or lakes. I Went with my big brother Bob and we had a blast. John and Cathy were awesome....More

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ManateeEcoRiverTours, Owner at Manatee & Eco River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Thank you for the kind words. We love sharing our passion for the manatee and the eco system here in southwest Florida. Can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed April 2, 2018

The trip was a great time and a lot of fun. We saw manatees as well as dolphines which the kids really enjoyed. Both the manatees and dolphins had young with them, we even went by a rockery where numerous birds including blue herons were...More

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ManateeEcoRiverTours, Owner at Manatee & Eco River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

What an exciting day for dolphin! It was a rare experience and so much fun. Thank you for your kind words.

Reviewed March 26, 2018

The tour was fantastic. We saw over 50 Manatees. Captain John and Kathy were very knowledgeable about the river, wildlife and Manatees. I highly recommend this tour.

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ManateeEcoRiverTours, Owner at Manatee & Eco River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Thank you for the kind words. We hope you will join us again!

Reviewed March 26, 2018

We booked this trip at the end of our family Spring Break vacation and we are so glad we did! We learned so much, had the BEST captain/co-captains ever who answered any and all questions we had and got to see all kinds of activity...More

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ManateeEcoRiverTours, Owner at Manatee & Eco River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Thank you for visiting with us and for your kind words. We enjoyed having you on board and hope to see you again in the future.

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Kathryn C
December 12, 2017|
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Response from ManateeEcoRiverTours | Property representative |
Sweetwater Landing Marina located at 16991 State Road 31, Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Robert S
February 6, 2017|
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Response from sarc0xn | Reviewed this property |
Scheduled for 2 hours (10 to Noon) but we saw quite a few sightings and were out till about 1230pm. Cost was $25/person.
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mensch18
December 13, 2016|
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There is a marine-toilet onboard.
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