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Fort Myers Beach Dolphin, Shelling, and Sunset Tours

Private Matanzas Harbor Watch

Private boat $210 (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? Our private boat tour throughout the Matanzas Harbor can accommodate up to six passengers and offers an excellent introduction to the waters of Southwest Florida.

Cruise through paradise along the north end of Florida’s very first aquatic preserve, the beautiful Estero Bay Preserve State Park, and the Matanzas Pass Preserve — both must-see destinations for diehard nature lovers of all ages. Here, you will find pristine habitats and thriving wildlife among the maritime hammocks, lush forests, and coastal grasslands.

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Boat-goers will also marvel at the breathtaking homes on the water and the region’s colorful bars and restaurants, including local favorites like the Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Nervous Nellie’s, and Matanzas on the Bay. Explore the great outdoors and experience Estero Bay at its finest as you float past the Fort Myers Beach U.S. Coast Guard Station and a large commercial fishing fleet.

All the while, keep an eye out for a wide variety of can’t-miss 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 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 gear and coolers you wish to bring, and adult beverages and snacks are always welcome. Please allow approximately 90 minutes for this exciting trip.