Private boat $494 (up to 6 passengers)
Prices include all applicable taxes and fees
Why share your precious time on the water with 30 or 40 other people when you can experience one of our unparalleled private tours? This intimate trip is 4+ hours and makes for the perfect way to experience all that the beautiful Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve has to offer! Including all of the features of our Private Estero Bay Dolphin Adventure, this excursion has the added opportunity to explore a beautiful barrier island only accessible by boat.
Our private boat tour of the beautiful Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve can accommodate up to six passengers and makes for a much more intimate alternative to larger dolphin excursions. Cruise through paradise and soak in a truly special experience as you witness dolphins feeding and frolicking throughout their natural habitat. As Captain Joe takes his time in search of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin — he has an over 90% success rate in his more than 12 years on the tour! — boat-goers can enjoy the pristine habitats and thriving wildlife throughout the state park while learning about the region’s intricate mangrove system.
Learn More About Our Barrier Island Getaway Tour
In addition to the glorious sight-seeing, the highlight of the trip includes a leisurely stop on a beautiful barrier island with white sand beaches, only accessible by boat. Here, guests can enjoy their time swimming, collecting seashells, and basking on the beach overlooking the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, only accessible by boat.
During the tour, keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine animals and abundant wildlife, such as:
- The playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, which can often be spotted inhabiting area harbors and bays. These smart, social creatures are a common dolphin species and have been dubbed the “bottlenose” due in part to their short, stubby rostrums (or snouts). Because they are mammals (like humans!), they come to the surface to breathe, usually about twice a minute, which makes for optimal viewing.
- The massive West Indian Manatee (also known as the “sea cow), which has been endangered since the 1970s. These larger-than-life mammals can often be found floating along the coasts of Florida during the early spring and summer months.
- Flocks of seasonal birds and migratory species, due in part to a nearby rookery island. Passengers may encounter various feathered friends such as the Great Egret, the American White Pelican, the Great Blue Heron, the Roseate Spoonbill, and the Osprey.
Our vessel, "Jaybird II," is extremely comfortable and was custom designed to give you and your loved ones the most up-close and personal dolphin experience possible. The knowledgeable Captain Joe will be on hand to lead your crew and answer any questions you may have. We have plenty of room for any towels, gear and coolers you wish to bring, and adult beverages and snacks are always welcome. Restroom facilities are also available. Please allow at least 4 hours for this exciting trip.