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Address: Calusa Island Marina, 385 Angler Dr, Goodland, Marco Island, FL 34140
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+1 239-595-4828
09:00 - 17:00
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TropicBird offers the only naturalist-led ecotours of the 10,000 Islands...

TropicBird offers the only naturalist-led ecotours of the 10,000 Islands under sail. We specialize in full day luxury private sailing charters deep into the 10,000 Islands.Our philosophy is to go softy. We hoist the sails as soon as we can. We want you to relax, unwind and enjoy the water sliding by and get a taste of cruising life. You can help crew the boat as much or as little as you like. Guests will see, hear and experience nature as intended in complete comfort with only the gurgle of water and gentle breezes across the very stable deck of our 34’ catamaran, TropicBird, as she slips through the pristine 10,000 Islands, where the western Everglades meet the Gulf of Mexico. Due to TropicBird’s exceptional shoal draft (just 18”) she can really reach the back waters. It’s a full day experience with an excellent lunch, wine, beer and all refreshments included.

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Sail-Good Food-Nature Adventure

We experienced South Florida by catamaran for 8 hours. Our hosts were gracious, served a wonderful lunch with libations, and taught 7 people aged 73 to 10 about Floridas's... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We experienced South Florida by catamaran for 8 hours. Our hosts were gracious, served a wonderful lunch with libations, and taught 7 people aged 73 to 10 about Floridas's wildlife and plants in a hugely entertaining way. After the trip, people couldn't stop talking about it. You get the benefit of a boat tout with great entertainment. We dragged a... More 

Thank GiovanniFlorida
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

My family had a terrific time on this trip. The scenery is stunning, and Captain Patrick is a wealth of local knowledge. He makes marine ecology fun and interesting, especially for kids. My nephews (age 10 and 11) said this was the favorite part of their visit!

Thank James K
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Captain Patrick & First Mate Martha do everything possible to make your time with them enjoyable. They are very knowledgeable about the native species flora & animals... Local history... Amazing. We sailed with them before & feel like friends..... Love them & the hospitality... Do yourself a favor & sail with them... It was the most enjoyable part of our... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Norwalk, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

While it's been a year since our family sailed with Patrick and his wife, we are still talking about it! Educational and fun for everyone. I'd highly recommend TropicBird Ecotours for a real taste of Florida!

1 Thank Camden50
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Three couples just out for a nice day of learning and relaxation. Captain Patrick Higgins is a master at both. He makes the boating easy, the learning fun and, as a bonus, serves a wonderful lunch. The boat is comfortable, very stable and, when the sails are up, quiet as a church mouse. Patrick’s discussions are extremely interesting – he... More 

1 Thank Steve G
Patrick H, Owner at TropicBird Ecotours, responded to this review

We are so lucky to be blessed with such wonderful guests. Unfortunately our departure coincided with peak high tide so there wasn’t much wading bird activity, but we did see a dolphin pod with a new born on the way back from the beach and some interesting dolphin feeding behavior in the pass, as well as some roseate spoonbills. Somehow... More 

Midland, Michigan
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Reviewed 9 March 2015

Loved the day from the beginning to the end!!!! If you are looking for a relaxing day on the water filled with fun, laughter, learning, dolphins, birds, great food and cool drinks this is the tour for you. Patrick Higgins is so knowledgeable, has a lovely boat and a great sense of humor then this is the place for you!

1 Thank mamabaak
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

Captain Patrick Higgins only takes 6 passengers at a time on an all day excursion through the 10,000 Island off Goodland, Florida. Aboard the Tropic Bird Patrick explains the eco system of the area. We started the day with coffee juice and baked good to start our trip. Sails all orning and dropped anchor for a few delicious appetizers and... More 

3 Thank Drakesisland
Bonita Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 23 January 2015

We just had our first experience sailing with Patrick Higgins on his Tropic Bird Sailing vessel. It was even more than we had planned for when we booked this trip. It is a terrific way to experience what nature has to offer in South Florida and would be an long remembered trip for you and your children or grandchildren. Even... More 

2 Thank Peggy W
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

My family had a wonderful time sailing with Patrick. If you like to be on the water and learn about your surroundings as you go then you need to book a day with Patrick. We learned so much about the S. Florida ecosystem. Patrick's sailing, marine, and ecological knowledge coupled with his love of teaching makes for an incredible experience.... More 

1 Thank David H
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We spent a month on Marco Island, and our day with Patrick and Martha on the Tropic Bird was one of the best! Patrick is a naturalist full of information that he shares in a wonderfully entertaining way. He was great with our two grandchildren, ages 6 and 12, having them help with the boat in various ways. The catamaran... More 

1 Thank st8byst8

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