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. Learn about the history and ecology of the Rookery Bay Reserve as you cruise among the mangrove and barrier island systems in search of local wildlife like birds, dolphin, and more!
High Points Ancient Island Excursion
Sand Hill, Rookery Bay Reserve
Duration: 3 Hours
Launch Times: 9:00AM & 1:00PM
*9AM only from May – October
Launch Site: Rookery Bay Field Station
- Price per Passenger
- Private Tour Up to 6 Passengers
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 biologist 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 human 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, keep your eyes out for bald eagles nesting nearby and take a close look at the unique plant community that exists because of this rare geologic feature. 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.