Fort Myers Beach Backwater Adventure Eco Boat Tours

Getting out on the water with Backwater Adventure and seeing the wildlife and Florida’s natural beauty is an unforgettable experience. Driving your own two-seater motorboat as part of a 2½ hour interactive adventure is even better! Based on San Carlos Blvd in Fort Myers Beach, and at a second location on Marco Island, this tour company is unique. It offers small group guided tours on Craigcat powerboats.

Backwater Adventure 2-seat catamaran boat on the water in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald.

Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Backwater Adventure Eco-Tour Boats

Tours depart from the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar just minutes from Fort Myers’ beaches. Drivers must be over 18 and have a valid driver’s license, but children aged 5+ are welcome as passengers. There are opportunities to switch drivers during stops on the tour so everyone gets the opportunity to drive and have fun.

Drive your own 2-person motorized catamaran boat with Backwater Adventure guided wildlife tours around Fort Myers Beach. It’s a fun way to see Florida wildlife! Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

These low-lying boats are twin-hulled pontoon boats, making them very stable. Packed with high-density foam, they are quiet, speedy, and safe and each driver gets a lesson in navigation and safety before the tour starts. Loaded with all the necessary Coast Guard approved safety equipment, the boats have a dry storage area for a small number of personal items and a bimini top for shade. You’ll definitely want to bring a camera and sunscreen, and perhaps snacks and drinks too, although water is provided as part of the tour.

Drive your own 2-person motorized catamaran boat with Backwater Adventure guided wildlife tours around Fort Myers Beach. It’s a fun way to see Florida wildlife! Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

What to Expect on a Fort Myers Backwater Adventure Tour

There is a possibility you may get a light splash from the lapping waves so the recommended dress code is swimsuits, shorts, and beachwear with flip-flops or sandals. You can bring a towel too, just in case!

Head out from the marina and you’ll soon be enjoying the sights of the barrier islands, beaches, and wildlife around Fort Myers Beach. Your experienced guide will point out the sights and will identify egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills, nesting osprey, and diving pelicans as you explore the coastline. You may even see manatees feeding in the estuary and spot turtles, stingrays, and dolphin in the salty backwaters. You set your own pace and can stop to enjoy the sights or speed up as you follow your guide.

Drive your own 2-person motorized catamaran boat with Backwater Adventure guided wildlife tours around Fort Myers Beach. It’s a fun way to see Florida wildlife! Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

You’ll soon be engrossed in the excitement of the boat trip, skimming over gentle waves and steering around mangrove-lined islets as you explore Matanzas Pass and Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve en route to the beach at Lovers Key State Park.

See Southwest Florida Birds and Wildlife

There’s plenty of time to pull ashore on a sandy beach and enjoy a break. There will be an opportunity to admire the scenery, ask your guide questions, take photographs, go swimming or shelling. Part of your one-of-a-kind eco-adventure includes your guide taking photographs which will then be emailed to you as a unique personal souvenir of your fun trip.

Backwater Adventure 2-seat catamaran boat on the water in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald.

Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

A guided Fort Myers boat trip with Backwater Adventure is sure to be memorable and exciting. It’s a great way for visitors (and residents) to experience the unspoiled backwaters of Fort Myers Beach. Seeing the wildlife and getting to drive your own 2-seater catamaran powerboat is sure to be a highlight of your Fort Myers, Florida vacation!

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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