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“A fun day - excellent guide”

Everglades Excursions
Ranked #18 of 141 Tours in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We decided to do a full day (rather than the half day version) and picked this tour as they do collect you from the hotel. Our guide was Kenny, who deserves a particular mention for his interesting commentary and special effort to find manatees, alligators, etc as well as his depth of knowledge of the area. The airboat tour is a bit of a jolly and good fun too, rather than a nature tour, although a pelican did decide to land on our boat. In the afternoon we went on a boat trip (this is the difference to the half day) and saw manatee, dolphins, diving osprey, and other animals too. Again the captain and his mate were interesting and knowledgable, and this was sedate but worth doing. We also sent a post card from America's smallest post office! Although there is some time spent travelling by van, Kenny filled this time with a lot of information, and if we had driven ourselves we would have missed out on that, and a lot more, and probably got lost too - a point underlined when we met some other people who had to ask Kenny for directions. It's not a cheap trip, but as first timers to this part of the world, it was something we wanted to do and see, and I think this was a great way of doing it.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I am late writing this review - my family and I took a full day tour with Kenny as our guide in December '12. Kenny was informative, entertaining - in short we did not have a dull moment. We learned a lot about the local history, flora and fauna during our drive from Naples to the Everglades. The airboat ride was amazing - we took some great photos and video. There was not a lot of wildlife to be seen during the ride - but we all enjoyed it anyway.
Later in the day Kenny, who has great eyes/experience for spotting animals while driving, stopped and we were able to walk up to an alligator on the side of the road. Some more amazing photos were taken up close.
I have to thank Kenny personally for finding my son's retainer which he dropped during the airboat ride. Unfortunately my son forgets to replace his retainer back in his mouth and it fell from his pocket into the boat. We did not realize it was missing until much later in the day. Kenny called the airboat company, found the boat we had used, drove us back there and found the retainer himself - after the boat captain had given up himself. Kenny said no one has ever lost anything on his tour before - I'm glad the record still stands. This little item would have cost $250 to replace.
I cannot recommend the tour and Kenny more highly. We had a great time, and Kenny took special care of us - thanks!

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We booked the all-day tour with this operator owing to our lack of familiarity with southern Florida and the Everglades. As it worked out, we almost needn't have bothered. The majority of the all-day tour was spent either getting from point A to point B (and in fairness, I'm glad Phil, our pleasant and chatty guide, was driving rather than myself!) or going on outings that we could have arranged ourselves, i.e., the airboat operator in Everglades City and the "cruise" leaving from Everglades National Park. Other than the spinning of yarns in the (very comfortable) tour van, the actual contribution by the tour operators themselves was rather limited.

This isn't necessarily a disincentive to use this outfit. They were pleasant to deal with, knew their stuff -- one place where they did add value was in finding a relatively out-of-the-way site in Big Cypress for gator watching that we wouldn't have found on our own -- and to be sure, having somebody else do the paperwork to get on the airboat and park cruise had its attractions. It just wasn't as "unique" an experience as it might have been, seeing that the tours were available for booking directly had we so chosen. I would still recommend them for newbies as we were, but don't set your sights too high.

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RsmithTrolley, General Manager at Everglades Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013

Our Guides are what makes our Everglades tour so special, please see the countless Trip Advisor 5 Star reviews that point out that our Guide is what made the trip. Yes you can drive down on your own and take an airboat tour, but you will not learn about the history or see the sights we show you up close. We're glad you liked everything else.
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We went on the full day tour from Naples and had an amazing time. We were picked up from hotel and driven to main office. Boarded small bus and went in to Everglades to air boat (not actually in everglades and on salt water side, so unlikely to see aligators). Was great fun - we did actually see 2 manatees surface and loved the friendly raccoon family the guides hand feed en route!

Got a chance to hold a gator afterwards - great photo op! Then off to lunch (huge and yummy!) then we joined a boat trip around the 10 thousand islands - dolphins joined us and we spotted Osprey. Rest of day we round lots of gators, visited visitor centre, museum and small post office.

Kenny the guide made the day with his great stories and photos!

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

The half day tour is packed with learning, laughter and fun. We had the pleasure of being guided by both Kenny and Cracker Jack who told stories of the history of the Everglades, the beauty of the rare environment and added some color to the area of southwestern Florida. Kenny's passion and understanding of the Eco-system taught me things I never knew. Cracker Jack has lived in the area for years and told stories that really brought the area alive. Because there was a lack of rainfall, we were unable to see any alligators on the airboat ride but Cracker Jack drove us to an area where he made certain we found some to see and we did- up close. We did get to hold a small gator and it really was nice to be able to do. The airboat ride still was a blast! What you never seem to read about is how the driver brings you deep inside the Everglades and how they crank the speed up for some real fun. They also have a way to have a pelican land on your boat and I am talking being face to face with this bird. Then we got to feed some small raccoons who inhabit the area and it was so wonderful to experience it. The entire tour was unforgettable and worth doing.

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