Boating Around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors
What could be more fun than seeing Marco Island by boat? Boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors offers you the opportunity to tour by boat or kayak. They offer public and private tours to see the Ten Thousand Islands, sea life and many bird species, shelling, and beautiful sunsets.
Josh Erickson has been running charters for 18 years and started Eco Endeavors 4 years ago. Eco Endeavors specializes in group adventures through the Ten Thousand Island area, Rookery Bay and the mangroves of Everglades National Park. Their professional captains and guides will navigate through the beautiful Gulf waters and mangroves while highlighting wildlife along the way.
Eco Endeavors offers several types of excursions including day tours, moonrise cruises, and private island beach days. Their boats are USCG inspected and can accomodate parties of up to 16 passengers. An Eco Endeavor tour is the perfect way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, bachelor & bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. It can also be the perfect get-away for you and that special person in your life.
Dolphin and Shelling
The Dolphin and Shelling tour is a 3 hour excursion that takes you through mangroves and the barrier islands around Marco. The tour covers over 25 miles round trip. You will get the opportunity to see aquatic wildlife and a diverse species of birds. Guests also visit a quiet barrier island only accessible by boat for shelling. This is the perfect time to see dolphin, pelicans, herons, eagles, osprey and the beautiful roseate spoonbill. You may also find that perfect rare sea shell (think junonia). There are three times for departing tours (9am, 12:30pm, and 4:00pm). Seasonal sunset tours are also available.
Paddle the Islands
All Eco Endeavors kayak tours are private with single and double kayaks available. These tours are perfect for beginner paddlers to avid kayakers. Life jackets are included with the tour. Half day and 3 hour tours are available.
The kayak tour offer guests the chance to explore the mangroves of the 10,000 island National Wildlife Refuge and Rookery Bay. Rookery Bay offers some of the best kayaking in southwest Florida. Kayakers paddle through thick mangroves and narrow winding creeks. The route offers abundant wildlife. This is the perfect tour to experience a calm, serene environment in this coastal ecosystem.
Sunset Dolphin Tour
The sunset dolphin tour is an excellent excursion for wildlife viewing! In addition to seeing a fabulous sunset, you will search for dolphin, manatee, and several species of birds. A visit to the Cape Romano Dome house is also on the tour. The captains will share their knowledge of local history and ecology. It’s a great time to learn more about Marco Island, the dome houses, and the 10,000 islands.
The tour is between an hour and a half and two hours in duration.
The moonrise cruise is a unique experience. The tour takes guests around Marco Island and out to the Cape Romano Dome House. You will cruise along the coast of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to beautiful scenery you will see dolphin and diverse species of birds. As the boat cruises back to dock, guests will watch the sunset over the Gulf accompanies by a magical full-moonrise. The tour covers over 40 scenic miles.
This specialty cruise is weather dependent and is 2.5 – 3.5 hours in duration.
A Private Island Beach Day
After boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors, how about your own private island beach day? This specialty tour begins with an eco-tour through the 10,000 Island National Wildlife Refuge. You are then taken to a beautiful barrier island only accessible by boat for a private beach day. Eco Endeavors sets up all amenities (chairs, umbrella, noodles, paddle boards, horse shoes and sand toys) ready for you and your family and friends to enjoy.
This tour is a 6 hour adventure with drop off and pick up shuttle service from the barrier island. The tour times are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
All boat tours depart from Goodland Boat Park, 740 Palm Point Drive, Goodland, FL .
Kayak tours depart from Capri Palle Park, 1295 Capri Blvd, Naples, FL.
What to Bring on Your Excursion
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Camera, Towel, Water Shoes, Hat, Shelling Bag, Reusable Water Bottle
Water and Ice are provided – you are welcome to bring snacks
Wear swimming attire
Boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors is easy to schedule. Contact information is below:
Phone or Text: (239) 877-5902
Website: https://ecoendeavors.org/ Note: A 15% discount off boat tours is available with online bookings.
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