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“A Day of Fun!”

Jungle Erv's Everglades Airboat Tours
Ranked #10 of 33 Tours in Everglades City
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Owner description: Airboat tour located in the fla everglades in everglades city. One hour wildernes airboat tour and one hour airboat tour through the mangrove tunnels and ten thousaand islands. Jungle Erv's airboat tours is one of the first airboat companies in Everglades city. His ancestors tamed the Everglades in the 1800's. Visit our boardwalk and alligator exhibit(several live alligators).
Siesta Key, Florida
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25 reviews
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“A Day of Fun!”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

First off, on the "What sort of visit was this?" - none of the provided answers applies. We're both in our 50's, so I answered "friends" - but it was still an absolute blast! Here's the story...

My brother, an avid and very experienced angler who wasn't in the mood to fish that day, was down visiting from Connecticut. When I mentioned that with a bit of a day trip (I live on Siesta Key - Sarasota) we could go take an airboat ride, he jumped on the idea. I had been on airboat rides a couple of times before, several years ago, and for the life of me couldn't remember which company I had gone to (there are several in Everglades City). But with a little on-line research and some coupons, we settled on Jungle Erv's, and were NOT disappointed.

We went for the 3-hour / 3-part package deal (airboat ride in one area of the 'Glades, then a stroll on the boardwalk, then another airboat trip in another area), and with our coupons, printed right off JE's site, we each paid $60. Each of our airboat pilots was knowledgeable of the area, its history, and its plants and animals, and very, very friendly and engaging.

We saw so many manatee it amazed us, many species of birds, and several 'gators, including one that our second pilot, Sean, enticed up onto the bank with some chunks of bread, RIGHT NEXT to our temporarily-grounded airboat, so we got some VERY close-up photos of a wild 'gator walking along next to our boat - we could have reached out of the boat from our seats and touched it (but we DIDN'T, of course!). Just enthralling. And the big male that lives right under the JE's reception building is an extremely impressive specimen. On the other tour our guide ran us through some feeding tarpon, hooked one, and handed the rod and reel to my brother to bring it in for all to see before we released it, unharmed.

Zooming through the mangroves on those boats, with the skill of those pilots both in keeping us from getting lost (I don't know HOW they do that...) and keeping us all safe, while still having a heck of a ride and lots of fun, made for a great memory for both the novice (my brother) and the more experienced (myself) member of our party.

Tip your guides generously if you go - they deserve it!

Visited September 2012
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ervin s, Manager at Jungle Erv's Everglades Airboat Tours, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Mother nature did not disapoint you on you adventure with Jungle Erv"s Airboat Tours. WE are the only tour that has airboat tours from two departure sites. Thank you for such wonderful comments.
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“Great airboat ride and Bryan was an awesome tour guide!”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

We did the one hour airboat ride and went to their boardwalk afterwards. We found a coupon on their website so it was only 35.00 a person. We thought this was a great bargain for an hour boat ride then being able to hold a gator and see several gators at their facility. The airboat ride was so exciting. Bryan was a great tour guide. It was very informative and also very fun (it went faster than I expected!) It was beautiful going through the mangrove tree tunnels. We also saw a gator that swam right up to the boat, it was amazing. We will definitely do this tour again when we return to Florida and going to do the 2 hour tour next time! Would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to have fun :)

Visited September 2012
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ervin s, Manager at Jungle Erv's Everglades Airboat Tours, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Bryan is a wonderful captain. We call him Bryan the educator. He loves to talk about the Everglades. Hope to see you soon so you can take our other airboat ride through the wilderness.
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“Excellent airboat ride”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Friendly people. Fantastic boat ride. They offered our money back if we didn't see any gators but we saw lots, very close ! So close no need for your camera zoom. There was a large party of us so even though we didn't have coupons we received a discount. Would definitely recommend !

Visited September 2012
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ervin s, Manager at Jungle Erv's Everglades Airboat Tours, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you so much for choosing Jungle Erv"s Airboat Tours . Alligators are plentful during the raining season. Glad you had such a marvelous time.
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Do the 2 hr tour”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We did the two hour combo tour which was actually 1hour in the deep water area where most of the airboat companies operate and then we went a little way away to Jungle Ervs own private property where we did an hour tour in a shallow water area. The combo also gives you access to the boardwalk and includes holding an alligator. We thoroughly enjoyed our time today with Jungle Erv. Our guides were fantastic especially the tour in the shallow water area. I read lots of reviews to try and work out who to go with - this one was great. We saw lots of alligators and had close encounters on land and in the water as well as lots of information along the way. Nice people too. What more could you ask for?

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Rotonda West, Florida
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“Daughters 6th Birthday”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Had a great time on the boats and boardwalk..It was my daughters 6th birthday on Sept 11, so we celebrated that Saturday at Jungle Erv's. It was our first trip to this place and we will be back. Friendly people, nice boats, Just a super family fun time =0)

Visited September 2012
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ervin s, Manager at Jungle Erv's Everglades Airboat Tours, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Thanks for selecting Jungle Erv"s for your daughters special day. The everglades is a wonderful place to vist . Hope you will visit us soon.
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