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Ten Thousand Islands

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, FL

The Basics

You can explore the archipelago’s remote islets in a variety of ways, either with a tour or solo if you’re an experienced boater or paddler. Take a canoeing or kayaking ecotour to discover the diverse flora and fauna of the region up close. Boat safaris offer a more relaxing journey and the chance to discover native wildlife like manatees, river otters, and bottlenose dolphins. Fishing expeditions are also available, where you can enjoy a private charter boat and cast a line to catch local gamefish.

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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
$90.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Naples dolphin boat ride
Saw so many dolphins playing - they even swam behind the boat in our wake so close- pictures don’t do it Justice. So much fun!
CarolKrekeler, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Everglades National Park

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Great experience
Jennifer_M, Jan 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The captain was very knowledgeable and fun. Loved seeing the dome houses and having the dolphins swim with the boat.
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Family of 10
kristen_w, Jan 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Sarah and Joe were amazing! We had the best dolphin experience and a flexible schedule. Great shell hunting too.
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Great way to spend an afternoon
Kelly_N, Jan 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Dolphins Dave’s stories Beautiful scenery Seeing the dome house Chilling with friends Found some great shells !
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Good day on the boat!
Judy_W, Sep 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Nice to see perspective of the Ten Thousand Islands. Saw some wildlife and shell island for shelling and swimming. Good time. Captain Dave and Wesley were very hospitable.
star-5
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale… 3hr tour
Mike_S, Dec 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
It was a fantastic way to spend a few hours with friends and family - touring the mangroves of Florida by two professional/friendly and informative guides.
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Great afternoon on the Gulf of Mexico
Frank_K, Jan 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Wonderful afternoon. Captain Dave and Sara were so nice and explained all the wildlife we saw along the way. Great to see the dolphins and birds. Highly recommend.
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Good and informative tour!
sholzem, Dec 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
A smaller boat with 11 people in total which was safer with this ongoing pandemic. Capitan Dave was a good navigator and well spoken about some of the history and background of this beautiful area. He put on a good and informative tour for the time and price.
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Another Day in Paradise
Miltos_C, Dec 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Our trip was in December so the weather was ideal. We did the 3pm tour and got less wind but more no-see-um bugs so dress accordingly. The equipment is great and most importantly Victor is a top notch guide that introduced us to the area's ecosystem.
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Great experience!
Jennifer_P, Dec 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Capitan Dave and Dave were great! Very knowledgeable about the area. Fun and exciting to see the dolphins show off behind us !
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Great time!
Joe_B, Dec 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Sara and Sonia were wonderful. They both have so much knowledge about the area and we loved every minute of the tour.
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A must do
Lisa_D, Nov 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Sara our boat captain was the best! Very knowledgeable. The whole trip exceeded our expectations. We saw so many dolphins.
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Great trip
William_B, Nov 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The beauty of the area was wonderful. The captain and the mate were very knowledgeable. It was great to see the dolphins and other wildlife.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ten Thousand Islands are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and insect repellant.

  • There are no facilities available on the islands, so take this into consideration before heading out to explore.

  • Camping within the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is free but accessible only by boat.

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How to Get There

Ten Thousand Islands is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The islands of the refuge are best reached by boat, kayak, or canoe, with access points found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands, just off US 41 from Naples, as well as from Chokoloskee Island, just south of Everglades City. You can also drive to the Marsh Trail, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of Collier-Seminole State Park and with an 18-space parking lot.

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When to Get There

For all-day adventures, visit Ten Thousand Islands between October and May, when the weather is cooler and drier—and there are fewer mosquitos. If going between June and September, book your hikes and boating adventures for the morning to avoid the hottest parts of the day and frequent afternoon thunderstorms.

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The First Settlers

Native Americans inhabited the Ten Thousand Islands region more than 3,500 years ago. Many shell rings and a few settlements have been found in or next to the region, such as the Horr’s Island archaeological site, but have been flooded by rising sea levels. The area was once good for fishing and trading, but after European settlers arrived in the area, the native populations were wiped out by foreign diseases and disputes.

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