EvergladesAreaTours.com is located in Everglades City just 40 minutes from Naples and Marco Island, 75 minutes from Ft. Myers Airport and 90 minutes from the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Airports. With Everglades National Park, the 10,000 Islands and the Wilderness Waterway so close, why paddle elsewhere? The Wilderness Waterway is a kayaker's "Mecca".
The Everglades Area is a very unique, yet dynamic and diverse ecosystem. This wild environment changes daily with the weather, stages of the moon as well as the different seasons. Our guides have a pulse on these changes and have chosen to live and work in the area as a way of life and a passion. Everglades Area Tours operates sea kayaking and canoe tours all year long, not seasonally as all others do. Hence, we know the area like no one else and can offer experiences, routes and expertise that are singular.
Travel here is easy. You can fly in to Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami airport with just your personal items because each tour is completely provisioned and outfitted. The overnight camping trips include your skilled guides, as well as, all meals, gear, kayaks/canoes safety gear, satellite communications and transport boat shuttles (if appropriate). All you will need are your personal items.
Everglades Area Tours is passionate about this very special part of our planet. We feel very fortunate to be able to live and work in a place that we love so much. We commit to you to do whatever is practical to provide you the best possible Everglades Experience. As such, we only utilize experienced, local Florida Master Naturalist guides and environmental professionals who live and work here year round. We use only state-of-the-art equipment that is personally maintained by our owners and guides. Safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we carry all the necessary safety equipment. But most importantly, we plan well and pay attention to the details so the trips run smoothly. We want you to enjoy your first tour with us and your tenth.
Upon your reservation, a detailed confirmation package that includes a personal item checklist will be emailed to you. This helps both properly prepare for your tour.
Everglades Area Tours offers three types of guided overnight tours.
Boat Assisted Base Camp Kayak Tours.
Traditional Guided Sea Kayaking Tours.
Guide Canoe Tours.
Boat Assisted (Base Camp) Kayak Tours. On these tours we use a power boat to transport the kayaks, our guests and gear to a remote location where we setup a base camp typically on a remote island beach. From the base camp, we make daily paddle excursions to areas that most paddlers simply do not have time to get to and few have experienced. Of course, a sunrise and/or sunset paddle at the base camp should be part of the daily experience!
The additional carrying capacity of the Kayak Transport Boat allows us to supply additional amenities and creature comforts to our guests such as sun showers, sunshades, tables, large coolers, camp chairs, etc. These Boat Assisted Base Camp trips are wonderful for those that wish to explore different areas of the Park and do not have the time to paddle to each area. For those who feel "being there" is more important than "paddling there", this is the trip for you.
The use of the transport boats also allows us to select campsites that are best suited for the forecasted weather conditions and to avoid crowded nearby campsites. These trips are especially suited for those that enjoy the sport of kayak fishing.
Boat Assisted (Base Camp) Paddle Tours - Prices
Two Days Guided Kayaking /One Night Camping $699.95 per person
Three Days Guided Kayaking /Two Nights Camping $799.95 per person
Four Days Guided Kayaking /Three Nights Camping $999.95 per person
Five Days Guided Kayaking /Four Nights Camping $1199.95 per person
Note: All prices and schedules are subject to change. All camping trips require a 50% non-refundable deposit to confirm a reservation. The balance is due 21 days before your trip. The pricing above assumes a minimum of four guests on the tour. Guests may be combined to make the trip minimum of four, but each tour is limited in number for the best experience. Private tours and tours of less than four guests are available upon request. Longer trips are available, as well. All prices are in US currency and subject to change without notice. The prices above exclude 6% Florida sales and gratuity for your guide
Tours can depart most any day to meet your schedule. For the best experience, we limit the number of guests on each tour, but private tours are our specialty.
(Please click here for a schedule of tours).
Safety Equipment. Your safety and comfort is paramount. The Park's expansiveness can make navigating the area daunting. However, rest assured that each guide carries the state-of-the-art in safety, navigation and communications equipment. Each tour is equipped with GPS units, VHF marine radios, satellite tracking devices and cell/satellite phones. You will be in good, experienced hands, protected by reliable modern communications equipment.
Meals. Everglades Area Tours completely outfits your trip. An important part of any good camping trip is good hearty meals. Prepared by your guide, fresh each time, the meals make your trip complete. We will get your input as part of the planning process so that we can tailor the meals to your desires and needs.
Routes and Itineraries. WE all live and work here year round, we are NOT seasonal. As such, we are very creative with our experiences. Our paddle routes and itineraries are adaptable and variable. They vary depending on the time of year, length of trip, preferred destinations, weather conditions, campsite availability and the makeup and desires of the guests. Your guide will discuss your expectations with you prior to the tour. If you are a returning guest, please be sure to tell us about your past trips. You may wish to paddle a different area or be sure to return to your favorite campsite.