\"The most complete eco-tour in South Florida,\" this experienced tour company takes you on a safari into ... More
\"The most complete eco-tour in South Florida,\" this experienced tour company takes you on a safari into the Everglades complete with a jungle cruise, a narrated tour of Everglades City, alligator tours, and much more.
We paid $129.00 per person each for a tour of the Everglades. Our guide was a man named Dave. Their ad states that their guides are experienced but Dave was uneducated and rude. We had a bus that had mechanical problems. The air conditioner was not working half the time and the temperature was in the middle 90s outside and even hotter in the bus. Don't waste your money on this company.
This tour is a miserable experience. My husband and I picked up a brochure for this company so we thought we would try it. We left Naples and drove to a spot on the highway where the driver let us out to look for manatees. We did NOT see any manatees and we felt he was just wasting time. Traffic was speeding by and this gave us a very unsafe feeling standing on a bridge with traffic doing 70 mph. We went on an airboat ride and the driver fed the only alligator that came right up to the boat. Lunch was mediocre and the food was overdone and crisp. We were on a boat for over an hour and saw one dolphin. The day was extremely hot and we were happy when the tour ended. Save your money.
My husband and I were very disappointed with our 1/2 day excusion to the everglades. The van ride was long and uncomfortable. We had to delay our airboat trip by one and a half hours because the company had not made prior arrangements with the airboat subcontractor. The "eco-friendly" tour included feeding a "wild" raccoon and three domesticated alligators(meaning that the tour guide knew exactly where to find them) marshmallows/dead fish. And instead of being a four hour excusions it ended up being a 5 1/2 hour excusion with 3/4 of it riding in a van. Do not waste your money!
My husband and I took the 1/2 day trip... the bus was overloaded... they didn't have enough airboats for everyone so people had to wait and then had their boat time cut short. The boat ride was only an hour. The bus ride was 3 hours and the driver's commentary was lacking. The ad's were misleading about animals and pricing was too high. If you want to do an airboat tour you are better off booking direct with one of the dozens of tour operators. Naples Transp. Tours (operator of Everglades Excursions) buys seats from the boat operators which causes many problems as well as overpricing issues.
This trip is a total misrepresentation, and a complete rip-off. My wife and I spent $75 EACH for the "half-day safari"...this consisted of 2-1/2 hours stuck on a mini-bus with broken air conditioning, listening to inane (and sometimes factually incorrect) "stories" of Collier country and the Everglades. And a one hour airboat ride.
Yep...the "half-day excursion" is basically an airboat ride plus transportation. The "everglades tour" was the drive down to the airboat ride, plus literally a 3/4 mile detour up and down a dirt road next to one of the canals, stopping to look at a tired and irritated gator. (who probably sees this same van twice a day, every day...).
To see "Indian villages", we stopped momentarily in the parking lot of the gas station across the street.
Everything is based around being at the docks for the airboat trip at 2:30pm (for the afternoon trips), so we actually took a meandering overly-long ride to the Everglades, detouring to get on I-75, for no other purpose that I could see other than wasting time. The trip back went straight up SR 41, and surprise, surprise, was about a half hour shorter.
As noted before, the guide literally never stopped for breath...or to give people time to complain. Several other guests wanted to know as well when the tour would begin?
So we were fleeced. Rip-off. The only thing that I could image being worse would be the whole day trip.
Airboat rides can easily be had by driving about 40 minutes south down SR 41, and you won't be paying a bunch of extra money for a non-existent safari. Save your cash; these folks are relying on your ignorance of the area.
it nature at its finest the sky was beauityfull the animals were out,wish more people would care for the everglades like me,the water and sawgrass at sunset i happed to be on a airboat and the buggy rides there so thing for everyone i heard the use to allow hunting but no more and the locals talk about there camps they used to have. now park own.
My wife and I had a terrible experience on this outing and it is NOT worth the money. The tour guide was incredibly boring, and most of his commentary was related to his failed investment opportunities, his ex-wife, and his dislike of Habitat for Humanity. The airboat ride was a disaster - my wife and I were forced to ride separate boats due to limits on the number of riders, and her "captain" crashed the airboat into a stand of mangroves... TWICE. She and the others onboard had to run to the back of the boat to avoid getting speared by tree limbs, and the "captain" remarked that had they been going faster, it would have been "very bad". After the second crash, the airboat was too damaged to achieve full speed and lost steering capability and had to limp back to the dock while the "captain" praised Jesus. Save your money, don't put your loved ones at risk, and stay far away from this dangerous excursion.
The bus they rode us on was deluxe.John, our driver was a cornucopia of information about the area and the sites. We stopped to look for manatees, I guess they was busy cause we saw none but it was fun. Then we stopped at a couple of other parks and saw big ole gators. That cute little post office long the way, we all got post cards. He said it as the smalest PO in the nation. The Big boat ride into the 10,000 islands was pleasant.Who would have thought pelicans sit in trees? The bottle nose dolphins follow the boat. Flipper Flipper Flipper.Then the air boat rides. Hang on to your hats!!!! That made the whole trip. We saw gators,wild pigs,raccoons,and when they put the pedal to the metal, wooooweeee, those boats almost fly.Before the boat ride you can hold a baby gator and get your picture took.The afternoon was topped off with a stop at a local ice cream shop before the ride home. This is a must do outing! Fun for all ages.
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