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“Best Everglades Tour!”

Everglades City Airboat Tours
Ranked #6 of 34 Tours in Everglades City
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Owner description: The ONLY Tour to offer two way communication headsets!! Come with us and experience the finest fully narrated Everglades Airboat Tour Everglades City has to offer. We are the "Original" airboat company. We are locally owned, locally operated. All of our Captains are born and raised in South Florida and will give you a "True" Everglades Experience! Book an Everglades City Airboat Tour with any one of our "Professional, Courteous, and Knowledgeable" guides and enjoy the Everglades experience of a lifetime! Our Everglades Tour Airboats hold a maximum of six passengers for a more personable experience and our tour guides are USCG licensed and insured and will provide you with everything you need for a memorable Everglades Airboat experience. We are conveniently located just minutes from Naples, Marco Island and Ft. Myers Florida
Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
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“Best Everglades Tour!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Went in January and was not disappointed! You see a lot of rust bucket boats pass by from other companies while you wait, but these ones are all brand new, comfortable and the headsets are great. Bobby was a fantastic tour guide and was incredibly well informed. As an air boat company they are the only ones who don't feed the animals in order to maintain natural behaviour and we really respected that. (Especially as other boats are feeding raccoons dog food - seriously) he was attentive to what we wanted to see (less time on raccoons) and we felt incredibly safe. Speeding through the mangroves was the best part! Of course, due to the season, we saw no gators, but it was well worth the time and money!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Everglades airboat adventure”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

When we made our reservation on the phone we were encouraged to arrive early. Upon arrival we discovered that they had given away our reserved spaces 15 minutes earlier--a consequence which we would have appreciated knowing when making the reservation.
During the one-hour tour, aviation headsets enabled us to hear and speak to airboat driver Bobby, although the noise of the engine made it difficult to understand him.
Leafy overhead canopies created tunnels of the narrow meandering passages through the mangrove thickets; traversing the tunnels at high speed provided an exciting ride.
The sighting of a 'gator lazing in the sun close to the water's edge provided a good photo opportunity as the driver idled alongside. Later, another 'gator lay submerged within 3 feet of the boat, with only its head and unblinking eyes visible. Equally close was a family of raccoons eager to be fed from an outstretched hand.
We were impressed with the ability of the airboat driver to confidently negotiate the maze of twisting and intersecting passages while communicating with other airboats in the swamp to avoid collisions.
All in all, it was a great opportunity to experience the mangrove swamp that comprises 2 million acres of the Everglades--and is home to 2 million alligators. (Now who took the census, I wonder.)

Visited January 2013
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Colchester, UK
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“The highlight of our Everglades trip: Recommended”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We read the other reviews for this operator, liked what we saw, and tried it. Our driver Bobby was well-informed and good fun. If you are tickled by brown pelicans riding on your airboat (who feeds them to entice them onboard?), then try the neighboring operator. We called Everglades City Airboat Tours to make reservations. When one of our party was sick we called again to reschedule. No problem. The whole experience was informative and on the fast parts, exhilarating. Besides the pelicans, we saw egrets, an osprey (and nest), blue herons, raccoons, and host of other birds traveling through tree-tunneled waterways. Even without seat belts, life jackets, and brakes, we felt safe and comfortable and had a great trip with good commentary from a southwest Florida native. We also followed another respondent's advice and had a nice lunch of fried shrimp across the water at City Seafood, where we also did not reed the pelicans.

Visited January 2013
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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“Nice boat ride”
Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Took the air boat tour with Captain Bobby yesterday and had a nice time. Boats were clean and headsets were a nice way for two- way communication. Saw raccoons, but unfortunately we saw no manatees or alligators. But that's the way it goes. Loved the ride through the mangroves. Unfortunately the boat in front of us broke down and we had to take on three of their passengers. Not a bad thing, there was plenty of room. I only wish we had had more information from our captain. He may have been preoccupied by the other boat's problems.

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Barnhart, Missouri, United States
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“Great Ride - Great Equipment”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Newest boats, great headphone system. Entertaining & neat ride, saw many birds and racoons. Gators were not around due to the time of year - moved to fresh water area till rains start. Well worth the money.

Visited January 2013
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