All sorts of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, birds of prey, a wide variety of wading, diving and shorebirds and about 200 species of fish make Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve and surrounding areas their permanent or seasonal home. A number of rookery islands in the area host a wide variety of nesting birds in late winter and spring.
Come aboard my safe and comfortable 25-foot Bluewave Bay Boat for a few hours of "hydrotherapy". Watch dolphins frolic and birds dive or wade for their dinner while keeping an eye out for those elusive manatees on a scenic cruise on Lemon Bay near Palm Island, Don Pedro Island, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Stump Pass and Gasparilla Pass.
My boat's open design allows passengers to move freely about the deck for up-close and personal viewing of playful dolphins and other marine life and its shallow draft allows us to access shallow backwater areas. There is ample comfortable seating for everyone aboard. Coast Guard Regulations limit our number of passengers to six so it's never crowded.
For parties of four to six passengers or couples seeking privacy, I recommend a Private Tour custom tailored to your party's interests. For parties of one to three passengers, I recommend joining a Mixed Party Tour that may include another party but will have no more than six passengers aboard.
Private Tours are $100 per hour total for up to six passengers with a two-hour minimum charge. Along with viewing the abundant wildlife, a variety of other activities can be incorporated into a Private Tour, including beachcombing for shells and sharks teeth, fishing, snorkelling, dining at a restaurant on the bay and watching a romantic sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Angler's Fishing Licenses are covered under my Florida Guide License so it is not necessary to purchase fishing licenses.
Mixed Party Dolphin Eco Tours are $45 per passenger and last about 2-hours and may include watching the sunset. Please contact me a few days in advance if you have less than four passengers in your party so I can group smaller parties together. If we don't find dolphins on any of our tours, your next tour is FREE!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 501-844-9028 to check my availability and then secure your reservation using the appropriate PayPal button below. Please include the date and time of your reservation. You can also give me a call but if I'm on the boat you may need to leave a message so I can call you back when I've finished the tour. Gift Certificates for that special occasion are available.
Check out these videos from some of our tours:
We depart from the dock next to Leverock's Restaurant in Cape Haze near Englewood, Florida. My slip is the third one on the right on the first wooden dock past the sign for the Rum Bay Taxi near the restaurant entrance. Clean restrooms are available for your convenience. If you are staying on Palm Island, I can pick you up there.
I recommend bringing visors or hats, Polarized sunglasses and slip-resistant footwear. Jackets or hoodies may come in handy as it’s often a lot cooler on the water than you might expect. I recommend applying sunscreen before boarding.