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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 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 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 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 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 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.