This 3-hour nature cruise captained by a local biologist will allow you to immerse yourself into some of the most beautiful areas of wild Southwest Florida.
Duration: 3 Hours
Launch Times: 9:00 a.m
Launch Site: designated Boat Tour parking area
Ancient Island Excursion
Cruise through back bays and winding mangrove creeks to visit one of the most remote and unusual places in the Rookery Bay Reserve. This adventure will take you to Sand Hill, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era and one of the highest points in all of Collier County. Follow your naturalist guide on a hike into the Coastal Scrub to see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy an incredible view over the estuary. Visit ancient burial grounds and learn about the history of this unique place while encountering specially adapted trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of this unique ecosystem hidden in the estuary. After taking in the view, hike down to one of the largest and oldest Slash Pine trees in all of Florida which is also home to a bald eagle’s nest. This trip allows our explorers the opportunity to experience a place few visitors get to see that can only be accessed through this unique adventure with Rising Tide Explorers.