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Rookery Bay Reserve tour
An amazing world exists within the pristine, mangrove-fringed waterways, uplands and freshwater wetland habitats of Rookery Bay Reserve. The estuary provides important habitat for many species of wildlife, as well as an ideal setting for visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor learning experiences and outstanding recreational activities. These tours are offered seasonally, from November through April. Your purchase of a guided tour directly supports the Friends of Rookery Bay, the Citizen Support Organization for the Reserve.

Boat Tours

Explore the unique ecosystem of Rookery Bay through an intimate boat-based tour. With a maximum of six passengers, these on-the-water adventures are the only Rookery Bay boat tours conducted by Reserve staff. This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy a boat tour in Naples or Marco Island, but feel like you're miles away...

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Kayak Tours

Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests with an experienced guide and naturalist. Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. This is one of the best locations to enjoy a kayak tour in Naples or Marco Island.

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Randy McCormick, your captain and guide, has worked at the Reserve for many years and knows the area intimately. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide, an instructor in the Florida Master Naturalist program and a fifth generation Floridian.

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Rising Tide Explorers

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Rising Tide Explorers was founded in 2016 by a group of local biologists looking to raise the bar of the outdoor industry in Southwest Florida and share their passion for Florida’s unique ecological landscape.

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