Boating Around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors

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.

Eco Endeavors

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

Eco Endeavors Kayak

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

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.

Sunset Dolphin Tour

Bird at Sunset Marco Island

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.

Moonrise Cruise

Cape Romano

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

Keewaydin Island

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

Contact Information

Boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors is easy to schedule.  Contact information is below:

Phone or Text:    (239) 877-5902


Sea Mar Condo, Marco Island, FL

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We recommend Eco Endeavors to our guests at Sea Mar Condo.  Please visit our website for more information on things to see and do on Marco Island.  Our 19th floor penthouse condo with beautiful views of South Beach and the Gulf is perfect for your stay on Marco Island.  We would love to have you as our guests!  

The Dolphin Explorer is A Great Way to See Marco’s Most Famous Residents!

The Dolphin Explorer

The Dolphin Explorer

The Dolphin Explorer is a great way to see Marco Island’s most famous residents! National Geographic book “100 Places that Can Change Your Child’s Life”, lists this company as the only activity in Florida selected by the award-winning writer Keith Bellows, who traveled around the world looking for experiences which would be life-altering for children. However, The Dolphin Explorer is not only fun for children – it is perfect for adults as well!!!!

This is what you’ll see when you take a tour with The Dolphin Explorer!

Dolphin Explorer

Guests not only get to take a great boat ride, but also visit a totally pristine deserted beach and collect beautiful seashells. They get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet…the bottlenose dolphin! You also get to be part of a unique scientific project – in fact you become a citizen scientist.

Underwritten and managed by Sea Excursions, the Dolphin Explorer is engaged in the only on-going daily dolphin study in the area. With the help of their passengers, they chronicle every dolphin sighting. They compare them to their chart of dolphin photos, and the crew are able to recognize each dolphin by the shape of the dorsal fin. This allows the naturalists to build a bank of knowledge about the dolphin population of Marco Island. Guests learn how the dolphins interact, where they spend their time, when babies are born and how long they stay with their mothers.

And, if you are under the age of 12, you can also participate in “The Dolphin Challenge”. This allows youngsters to receive a Dolphin Patch and become a member of the exclusive Dolphin Explorer Club.

What’s Uniques About the Dolphin Explorer?

The Dolphin Explorer is a 30 foot catamaran with two 225 HP outboards capable of carrying up to 28 passengers. Because of its design, it is perfect for both navigating the water of the Gulf and the backwater estuaries of the area. The boat is excellent for survey work, and is unique in “getting up close and personal” to observe marine life and photography.


The Dolphin Explorer’s design and power attracts dolphin to its wake for fabulous photographs. The vessel provides a choice of sun or shade for those with children. It also offers complimentary beverages and shelling bags. Be sure to bring sunglasses, your camera, sunscreen and any snacks you and the family might enjoy. The Dolphin Explorer is professionally crewed by a USCG Master Captain and Mate who is a Master Naturalist and Wildlife Photographer.

My Tour Was Fantastic!

I took a recent tour on The Dolphin Explorer and it was one of the most fun adventures I’ve done on Marco Island. We saw 17 different dolphins. It was educational and I loved seeing moms with babies and several dolphins jumping behind the boat. We also saw lots of great shells and baby least terns on the beautiful island we stopped off on for a while. I even saw a manatee at the most southern end of Tigertail Beach.

Scheduling a Tour with The Dolphin Explorer

Two survey trips daily: one in the morning departing at 9:00am
the second departs in the afternoon at 1:00pm.

To make your reservation by phone
Call: (877) 523-7266
or visit their website at

The Dolphin Explorer
(877) 523-7266
Rose Marina
951 Bald Eagle Drive
Marco Island, FL 34145
9-12 noon and 1-4 pm daily

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Visit our website at Our “Top 10 List” provides information on many things to see and do in Marco Island. We also recommend several tour companies and restaurants to make your vacation on Marco Island the best vacation ever.

Parasailing Over Marco Island’s Gulf Waters

Parasailing on Marco Island

Nothing beats soaring over the open ocean with the sense that you are flying! Parasailing over Marco Island’s Gulf waters and beach is awesome. Parasailing offers amazing views of the island as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy seeing wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, pelicans, and stingrays from high in the sky. Adventurous? Consider a Parasail Ride.

Although I highly recommend this adventure for our guests at Sea Mar Condo, I must admit I have not worked up the courage to parasail myself.  However, several of our guests and friends have parasailed and loved it!  I love the idea that you can soar like a bird over the ocean and see all the beauty of the island…and not even get wet!

Parasailing with Marco Island Water Sports

Marco Island Water Sports offers parasailing just off Crescent (South Beach).

Parasailing begins on a powerboat. You enter the boat from the shoreline, alone or with a friend. After climbing onboard you harness up and take a seat at the back of the boat. The sail is let out, as the boat takes off and before you know it you are floating 300 feet above the water. All you have to do is sit comfortably in your harness, dangle your feet and relax while enjoying the breathtaking view.  You fly like a bird for approximately 10 minutes and then you are reeled back into the boat standing up.

Remember to Bring Your Camera!

Remember to bring along a camera. From several hundred feet up in the air you can hear only the wind gently blowing in your ears. Parasailing over Marco Island’s waters offer sights that are breath taking. The skyline of Marco Island is on one side and the never ending Gulf of Mexico on the other.

Note:  It is best to parasail on a calm day with little wind, and no chance of storms in the area.

Marco Island Water Sports
560 S Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

Sky’s The Limit Parasailing (featured picture)
500 S Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145
(239) 825-4866

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Visit our website at Our “Top 10 List” provides information on many things to see and do in Marco Island. We recommend several tour companies to make your vacation on Marco Island the best vacation ever!

A Fantastic Sightseeing Cruise in Marco Island

Marco Island Princess

If you are looking for a fantastic sightseeing cruise in Marco Island, we recommend the Marco Island Princess!  There’s nothing like stepping aboard this beautiful boat!  Getting to see Marco Island from the water is indeed a must for visitors to the island.

This is one especially of my favorite things to do on Marco Island. The food and the sightseeing are spectacular! Above all, the sunsets are beautiful.

The Marco Island Princess sails daily from her dock at Rose Marina. It cruises the pristine waterways of Marco Island.  Locals and visitors alike enjoy the outstanding cuisine. The crew is professional & friendly. There is a comfortable ambiance cruising aboard the beautiful 90’ Marco Island Princess!

Meals are prepared fresh on board for your enjoyment. The crew will attend to your every need. Two full service cash bars are set up to serve your favorite drinks!

Marco Island Cruises

The Marco Island Princess offers Sightseeing as well as Nature & History Lunch Cruises. The Captain’s Sunset Dinner Cruise is especially nice. While cruising, enjoy playful dolphins, warm sunshine, and Gulf breezes.  The beautiful view changes every moment.

Aboard the Marco Island Princess

Marco Island Princess cruises can accommodate individuals, families, small and large groups and any special event!

Marco Island Special Events

Wedding Cake

In addition, the Marco Island Princess specializes in wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, bachelorette/bachelor parties and gift brunches.   They can arrange everything from start to finish.  The staff will completely accommodate your needs. Services include table settings, custom menus, flowers, entertainment, photography, transportation, special decorations and all the extras.   Luxurious appointments and first class service are provided. The beautiful yacht accommodates parties of up to 149.   Enjoy the pristine waters of Marco Island and the Gulf of Mexico!

The Princess departs from the convenient Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL.  It is located just minutes from anywhere on Marco Island.  Call (239) 394-4364 today to learn more about your many options, to reserve a date, or to speak with their event planning professionals.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see beautiful Marco Island with this fantastic sightseeing cruise.

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Visit our website at to see our rates and availability. Our website also provides more information on Sea Mar Condo and Marco Island.  Let us help you make the most of your Marco Island vacation!

See 10,000 Islands in a Day

Backwater Eco Tours Marco

Get the BIG Picture of the 10,000 Island With an Eco Tour

We recommend that our guests at Sea Mar Condo get the BIG picture! See 10,000 islands in a day from the water. Well, it’s called 10,000 island, but it may not be quite that many, but probably close. This peaceful adventure awaits you with a backwater eco tour in Marco Island. The Gulf waters surrounding the island are home to dolphin, manatee, wading and nesting birds. It is a bountiful habitat to many species of wildlife.

There are many ways to see the backwaters surrounding Marco Island. Among them are kayaking, jet skiing, boating, parasailing, sailing, and paddle boarding. Most of the eco tours are guided tours that help you follow through the maze of mangrove islands with your guide pointing out the best opportunities to see the area wildlife.

Kayaking the Mangroves of the 10,000 islands
Kayaking with Paddle Marco

The backwater eco tours in Marco Island leave from various locations. Most leave from either Rose Marin or Caxambas Park but some have pickups on South Beach.

Some of the favorite places we have recommended to our guests at Sea Mar Condo are the dome houses at Cape Romano (which are quickly disappearing), Keewaydin Island, and the Everglades.

Cape Romano Dome Homes 10,000 islands

Some of our recommended tours include:

Paddle Marco (239) 777-5423

Paddle Marco offers kayak tours for all ages and skill levels. Their tours are #1 rated on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp and have been featured in USA Today and the Marco Review magazine.

Avi’s Water Sports  (239) 777-9873

Avi's Water Sports

Avi Langer is one of Marco’s most experienced jet ski tour guides. He is known as the “Dolphin Whisperer” because he knows the local dolphins and backwaters of the area. This tour is 2 1/2 hours with a maximum or 3-4 waverunners that accommodate up to two adults and one child per machine. The tours leave from Caxambas Park. Sunset trips are also offered.

Captain Ron’s Awesome Everglades Adventures
(239) 777-9975

Captain Ron has been guiding eco jet ski tours for over 30 years. Their specialty is dolphin experiences. You can see and hear the dolphins communicate with Captain Ron’s new underwater microphone. This is a 3 hour tour through the 10,000 islands and tours depart from Caxambas Park twice a day.

Marco Island Water Sports
(239) 642-4FUN

Marco Island Water Sports has many years of local experience adventuring through the 10,000 island mangroves and the aqua waters of the Gulf of Mexico. They offer 90 minute tours on Yamaha waverunners that are appropriate for even a novice rider. These guided tours focus on the dolphin, manatee, and wading birds in the area. The tours leave from the beach in front of the JW Marriot, the Hilton, or Crystal Shores.

WOW Adventures Jet Ski Tours
(239) 300-3233

This 2 1/2 hour guided jet ski tour leaves from Rose Marina. The jet skis accommodate 3 people. This tour leaves Marco to travel down the Marco River with views of Isles of Capri, Judge SS Jolley Bridge, and Goodland and onto the Cape Romano dome homes. The tour returns in the Gulf passing Blind Pass, Kice Island and Dickmans Island before reaching Caxambas Pass and Marco Island. The tour focuses on the history of Marco Island as well as the wildlife.

Florida Adventures & Rentals
(239) 348-5551

Florida Adventures offers a 2 hour guided jet ski tour deep into the 10,000 islands. The jet skis accommodate up to 3 people. Cape Romano is one of the many stops along the 30 mile route. You will see a variety of wildlife and you are guaranteed to see dolphins! Florida Adventures also offer boat tours, paddle board tours and guided fishing trips. The tours leave Caxambas Pass marina.

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Now is the time to book your vacation in Marco Island.  Be our guests at Sea Mar Condo and take your backwater eco tour in Marco island.  See 10,000 islands for yourself! Visit for more information on Marco Island and Sea Mar Condo!

What to do in Marco Island: See Dolphins with Avi’s Water Sports


Avi’s Water Sports offers a great way to see some of Marco Island’s favorite residents.  The island’s friendly dolphins love to show off for many of our  visitors.  Our guests at Sea Mar Condo love this adventure. We highly recommend booking this tour during your stay at Sea Mar Condo.

This jet ski tour takes visitors to Marco Island 35 plus miles into the 10,000 islands as well as visiting Cape Romano.  It is a 2.5 hour tour and costs $295 plus tax per jet ski.

The “Dolphin Whisperer”

Avi is known as “the dolphin whisperer” because he always seems to attract dolphins on his jet ski tours.  Avi says there are three local dolphins he sees on most trips and they always make it their mission to get him, (and his camera), wet!

A highly talented photographer, Avi takes photos of your unique jet ski tour to help you relive each moment. Each tour guest can take home a flash drive of photos of your unique tour.  He is also a master navigator of the 10,000 Islands. As a result, Avi’s Water sports has spent thousands of hours on the water. He takes his guests to amazing places few others have experienced, showing them hidden spots and treasures.  Avi is an expert on jet ski safety. He is especially a patient and kind teacher to first-timers.

Avi's Water Sports

Professional and personable, you’ll be fascinated by Avi’s stories. He has a vast knowledge of the islands. His excitement shows on each and every tour.  His tours combine history, scenery, and wildlife in each outing. Each tour is unique and personalized.

Get up close and personal with Marco Island’s local dolphins. Visit Avi’s Water Sports website at or give them a call at 239.777.9873.

This tour is also a great way to see the beautiful 10,000 islands area surrounding Marco Island (including the dome houses at Cape Romano).

Visit our website for more information on Sea Mar Condo, Marco Island, FL. We want to make your vacation on Marco Island a trip of a lifetime!