Rookery Bay is one of the last pristine Mangrove forests and is protected by the Rookery Bay Nature Preserve. Over 150 different species of birds and fish were either born or live in this Mangrove estuary. Manatees, Dolphins and dozens upon dozens of different shore and wading birds can be seen. Shorter, more stable boats are used on this tour and are great for taking pictures with. Making sure to have some way to protect any cameras from the water are recommended though.
Map to the Launch Area
Drive to End of Shell Island Road
Take a very slow laid back paddle through the Rookery Bay preserve and enter a birding paradise on calm days and watch as the water teams with life on the warmer days. Great tour to do on the windy days as it is almost 100% sheltered from the winds.
Tours are $45 per person no matter what kind of boat you choose to use on the tour. Duration is 2.5 hours and is a slow paced laid back nature watch style paddle.
Tours leave at 9am or 1pm. Generally there is a better chance of a greater abundance of Wildlife being on the water earlier as less people on on the water disturbing them.
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Synthetic clothing is the best to wear as it dries quickly and breathes well. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended as the Florida Sun is usually shining. Bringing a bottle of water is also recommended.
Tours can be done any day of the week. We request a 12 hour notice for scheduling a tour so that we can guarantee your guide. If you have a last minute request give us a call anyway and we’ll try our best to secure you a guide.