Capt. Corey Yuskaitis' 27ft custom designed sailing catama-ran features a 14ft wide shading canopy over the back deck with bench seating for all six passengers. The large trampoline sun-deck that comfortably accommodates all passengers, is also great for observing dolphin, manatees and sea turtles. Suitable for all ages as previous passengers, who have ranged from 2 months to 90 years, will testify! Quarter and half day charters leave daily and complimentary cool drinks and light snacks are available. Shelling on local deserted islands is great and snorkel gear is also included. www.offthehookadventures.com. 239.571.HOOK (4665)Take your turn at the helm of this beautiful 41' classic sailing sloop or help trim the sails as you experience the exhilaration of sailing on Serenidad, the only single hull yacht to set sail from Marco. Capt. Richard Hamm and his mate Dina have plenty of experience and make sure you get the thrill of the wind through your hair as the water rushes past the hull! Serenidad has a large spacious, shaded cockpit with ample room for all six passengers, and comfortable cushions for the large sunny foredeck. There are two heads and a gorgeous inside cabin also at your disposal. Complimentary ice cold soft drinks served on the 3 hour daytime cruise as well as a delicious cheese plate on the 2½ hour sunset cruise. Serenidad is available for private charter or at low per person rates. www.sail-marco.com. 239.272.0939At 53ft, Sweet Liberty, the area's largest cata-maran, can accommodate up to 49 passengers for a half day morning, afternoon cruise or 1½ hour sunset cruise. Leaving from Naples City Dock, next to the Cove restaurant, you will see the spectacular homes of Naples Bay and plenty of wildlife as you make your way to the Gulf of Mexico towards Keewaydin island for some great shelling. Or maybe you will decide to choose the shorter afternoon sightseeing cruise. There's plenty of room to walk about, with inside and outside seating and two restrooms on board. Take your own cooler for drinks and snacks. www.sweetliberty.com. 239.793.3525Sailing is a relaxing and eco-friendly way to explore the serene waters that surround Marco Island and to see the amazing wildlife that calls our waters home. So why not contact one of our wonder-ful sailing charter companies today and sail off into the wide blue yonder for a while?
Based at JT's Island Café and Gallery on, Chokoloskee Island, just outside of Everglades City and a half hour drive from Marco Island, Everglades Area Tours.com opens up the splendid natural world of Everglades National Park with a variety of Guided Eco Adventures. Enjoy a Wildlife, Birding and Photo Tour of the 10,000 Islands in a power boat; Paddle through magnifi cent Mangrove Tunnels with a Master Naturalist guide; Experience a Guided Walking Tour in the wetlands, prairies, swamps and sloughs in search of rare orchids; or take a Private Photography Tour deep into the Park. All Everglades Area Tours.com guides are full-time, professional environmental educators and certifi ed Florida Master Naturalists. They are passionate about offering guests a 'real' and intimate experi-ence in the Park and are eager to share their knowledge and experience.Their most popular eco-adventure, the Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour, is superb for families and guests of all ages and combines the best of a boat tour, a kayak tour and a walking tour into a single incredible eco-experience. A "mother-boat", complete with comfortable, captain-style seating and state-of-the-art kayaks nestled in the bow, safely transports guests to the far reaches of the Park. You can visit areas, which literally would take others days of paddling just to reach; yet you are back in time for lunch or dinner!Because the kayaks are so stable and easy to use, no experience is needed. Groups are limited to six, so you can expect up-close, unparalleled encounters with manatees, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators and many species "We had the pleasure of taking a kayak tour with Everglades Area Tours.com on Feb. 17th, 2011. Our guide Jason was friendly and knowl-edgeable, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. He scheduled the trip for a later departure so we would have the sunset as our backdrop dur-ing the boat trip home. The evening ride back was spectacular (had the sun setting on one side and the full moon rising on the other), and several times the scenery took my breath away. It was an amazing day, and Jason was awe-some. We've already started planning our vacation for next February, and Everglades Area Tours is most definitely on our agenda!!!" Dianne B., Lynden, WA 2.21.11of shore birds, depending on the season. Imagine the thrill of paddling right alongside a manatee or dolphin as they swim through these quiet waterways. Normally, conditions allow a remote island destination in the kayaks where you will continue your interpretive experience with a walking tour of a pristine barrier island beach seldom visited by others ... beaches strewn with shells and shore birds. Bring your camera to record a "Complete Ever-glades Experience" that the whole family will never forget. Tours depart twice daily at 9:00 and 1:30 and reservations are sug-gested. Call 239-695-3633 or visit www.EvergladesAreaTours.com for more information and for details of their Special Tours, which take place through-out the year, like Full Moon Tours, Float Trips and the very popular Grand Heritage and Birding Tour - the most extensive tour of Everglades National Park available. If kayaking is just not for you, Everglades Area Tours.com also offers daily Birding & Wildlife Photography Tours in a power boat into the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Rookery Bay National Estuary leaving from Goodland (just minutes from Marco Island) at the Calusa Marina.