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“Best Thing We Did in our Two Weeks in Naples/Marco Island”

Backwater Adventure
Ranked #10 of 85 Tours in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Backwater Adventure is the newest and coolest way to explore the 10,000 islands. Drive your own 2 seat catamaran. Your guide will take you on an amazing adventure winding through the mangroves at speeds up to 30 MPH! With a short stop on a private island to do some shelling or swimming.
Lake Tahoe
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57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Best Thing We Did in our Two Weeks in Naples/Marco Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

We were pretty disappointed with the Everglades airboat ride we had done earlier in our vacation, but after meeting Lisa at a wine and cheese social at our condo complex, we decided to give her tour a try. We are so glad we did! Doug and Kevin were our guides, and with only their boat, our boat, and one other boat, it was a very personalized tour. In fact, Doug told us he didn't mind if we went a bit over on the time, as he had nothing else to do that day!! Driving the boat was great, and it was especially fun when, after we came back out of the mangroves, Doug let us go first and push it up as fast as we could!! Sliding around all the curves was a blast!! And then Doug took us to some dolphin swimming grounds, where the dolphins were literally swimming within a couple of feet of us. It was really a great time, and we highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Marco Island/Goodland area.

Visited August 2012
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Pembroke Pines
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“An Amazing Adventure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

After meeting Lisa of Back Water Adventures at a Time Share luncheon at Club Regency, my husband and I ditched the idea of the wave runner tour. Lisa our tour guide was great! Our 11 yr. old son drove with her, while my husband, daughter and myself drove the other catamaran. We saw dolphins within the first 15 minutes, and Lisa took us into the 10,000 Islands mangrove jungle. Lisa was an excellent guide, making sure we didn't miss out on one ounce of nature. I would highly recommend Back Water Adventure over the wave runner tour, you get more "bang for your buck."

Visited August 2012
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“SO MUCH FUN!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Lisa and Doug of Back Water Adventure are great!! This morning, my husband and I and a friend all went on a tour with Backwater Adventure. We met Lisa at a time share presentation and social event at Eagles Nest in Marco Island last night. Lisa was passing out summer special flyers. On paper the concept looked cool, but in person it was even better! I was the passenger and my husband drove the boat. Our friend went with the guide and co-owner Doug who was great. Doug switched places and let our friend drive on the way back. We saw a manatee and dolphin within the first 10 minutes, but it was quiet the rest of the way. The weather was perfect. It was fun, different and relaxing. A jet ski rental is $80 for 30 minutes. This was 3 hours for a little bit more and so much more fun for the passenger. A must do when in Marco or Goodland, FL!!

Visited August 2012
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Orlando, Florida, United States
2 reviews
“AWESOME!! Mangrove tunnel great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

This was an amazing excursion. Boats were very cool and comfortable and easy to drive.The price was camparable to other like tours that we have been on, well worth it. The mangroves were beautiful. Riding through them was like riding on glass. Lisa was an excellent guide, very attentive and made sure we saw all the 10,000 Islands had to offer. Saw quite a few dolphins and even saw a manatee. Will make it a point to go on another trip next time we're in the area!

Visited July 2012
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Marco Island, Florida
2 reviews
“Best day of my life!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

This trip was an awesome adventure! Lisa couldn't have been any nicer and Kevin was a great help! We saw dolphins all around us. At one point the dolphins were jumping out the water. It was breath taking and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The boats are fun to drive, safe and you feel independent. We are a family of six and hope they have another boat next season (which they said they would) because we cannot wait to go again all together. Highly recommended!

Visited June 2012
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