Our two and a half hour manatee eco-nature tour starts in the heart of the Everglades. Enjoy 20-30 minutes of manatee viewing and then let us take you out into the middle of the estuaries of the 10,000 Islands to observe the wildlife inhabiting the largest mangrove jungle in the USA.
The natural beauty of this very unique ecosystem will amaze you. You're likely to see:
Many species of rare and endangered tropical birds such as the Ibis, Egret, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Pelican and the American Bald Eagle
Manatee viewing is a pastime that can be enjoyed in any season, by any age group. Unlike some activities, special equipment is not required.
Nature observers need to come equipped only with a sense of appreciation for living resources and the knowledge that viewing wildlife is rather a thrilling experience. Although we see manatees 99% of the time, please remember that we are viewing these beautiful creatures in their natural environment and have no control over how they may react on any given day. We pride ourselves on viewing these mammals within the Federal laws that are in place to protect this endangered species.
Our manatee viewing and nature tours are fully narrated by knowledgeable local Captains and our vessels are stable, comfortable and USCG certified. You'll learn interesting facts about the manatees, alligators, dolphins, and tropical bird species, along with information about the Everglades.
What Is Not Included?
We will provide bottled water. Binoculars, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, food and other beverages are not included but are recommended!
Port of the Islands Resort (Naples, FL)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
Yes, advance purchase is required, as tours often sell out in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Can I bring children with me? What ages get a reduced price?
Children of all ages are more than welcome. We recommend that you bring a child seat or stroller on board for the younger children. Children 4 to 12 have a reduced ticket price, and children 3 and under are free.
What happens if it rains? Is the boat covered?
We monitor the weather and are constantly watching the radar. If it isn't safe to go out, we will reschedule the tour and you will be able to reschedule or receive credit for a future trip. Our 32' catamaran is fully covered, and our smaller boats (23' and 25') have shading next to and in front of the Captain. Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable experience for all of our guests.
Should I tip the guide?
A 15% to 20% tip is appropriate.
What wildlife will we see on the trip?
You will see manatees, various tropical birds, alligators and occasionally dolphin.
How long will we spend manatee viewing?
We will spend approximately 20 minutes viewing the manatees.
Are we guaranteed to see wildlife?
We do not guarantee seeing Mother Nature. Please remember you are viewing the wildlife in their natural habitat. It is very rare that you will not see anything.
Are there better times of the year or the day to see manatee and other wildlife?
We see manatees and wildlife year round and throughout the day.
Are we allowed to touch or feed the animals?
It is against Federal law to touch or feed the animals.
Are food or drinks served on the trip?
We provide complimentary bottled water.
Can I bring food and drink with me on the boat?
As we provide bottled water, we welcome you to bring anything else you wish to eat or drink along with you on the tour. You are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages on board, but we ask you to please refrain from bringing glass. Also, please do not overindulge, as this is a family tour!
Which boat will I be on?
It depends on how many people are attending with you! If we have enough demand, we will take out our biggest boat, a USCG certified 32' catamaran that is licensed for up to 35 passengers. The boat is fully covered and has a small restroom on board. We also have a 25' Parker center console that is licensed for up to 6 passengers - this vessel has shading next to and in front of the Captain, but there is no restroom on board. Our third boat, a 23' Southern center console is also licensed for up to 6 passengers and does not have a restroom but does have some shading. The two smaller boats are partially handicapped accessible but cannot accommodate wheelchairs, whereas the catamaran can.
Is the boat handicapped accessible?
It depends on which boat we're going out on. Our 32' catamaran is handicapped accessible and can accommodate wheelchairs. Our two smaller boats are only partially accessible and cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please click on the "Contact DoubleRsTour" link to see if we'll be able to accommodate you on the trip you're interested in.
Is the boat safe?
All of our boats go through a USCG inspection every year. They are very safe.
Are life jackets available on board?
Yes, life jackets are required by the USCG to be on board, but you are not required to wear them.
Are there restrooms on board?
It depends on which boat we're on! There is a small restroom on board our catamaran, but not on our smaller vessels. We highly recommend using the restrooms at the hotel near our meeting location prior to the tour.
Is smoking allowed on board?
There is no smoking allowed on board.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, shorts, t-shirt, sandals and bringing a light jacket.
Will I get wet?
No, you will not be departing the boat at all during the tour.
Will I get seasick?
No you will not get seasick. The water in the estuaries of The Ten Thousand Islands is very calm.
How early do I need to arrive?
We suggest arriving approximately 20 - 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
How far of a drive are you from Fort Myers?
We are an hour's drive from Fort Myers airport.
How far of a drive are you from Marco Island?
We are a 25 minute drive from Marco Island.
How far of a drive are you from downtown Naples?
We are a 40 minute drive from downtown Naples.
How far of a drive are you from Everglades City?
We are only a 20 minute drive from Everglades City.
How far of a drive are you from Miami?
We are about a 1.5 hour drive from Miami. If coming from Miami Beach, leave extra time in case of traffic.
How far of a drive are you from Ft. Lauderdale?
We are a one hour and 45 minute drive from Ft. Lauderdale.
Where should I park? How much does it cost?
Please park to the left side of the hotel. Parking is free.
Are special rates available for larger groups?
Yes there are special rates for groups of 6 or more who purchase tickets as one party. A group of 6 or more will automatically receive 15% off each ticket.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes gift certificates are available. Please click on the "Contact DoubleRsTour" link to request additional information.
Can I book a private trip?
Yes, we can offer private trips. Please click on the "Contact DoubleRsTour" link to request additional information and hear about special options we can offer your group.
What other kinds of trips do you offer?
We offer one hour manatee viewing tours upon request. We also offer private fishing charters. Please click on the "Contact DoubleRsTour" link if you're interested in either of those options.
Double R's Fishing & Tour Companyis a charter fishing and manatee eco nature tour company located within the Ten Thousand Islands that provides a unique and memorable experience for all to enjoy. Our true forte is to provide a memorable experience for families especially with young children; as we introduce them to fishing, conservation and teamwork.
Whether you are on a vacation in Florida or live in the area, Double R's Manatee and Eco Tours at the Port of the Islands is the best way to see the Everglades and the 10,000 Islands. You will be amazed to see a world unlike any other no matter what time of year you choose to visit. We are your source for great passenger boat tours of the 10,000 Islands, a true nature experience.