Miami

60 min. Everglades Airboat ride & pick-up ,small group +pro guide

Miami, USA
Everglades Tour in small group with experienced tour guide
  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • pick up & drop off
    • 1 hour airboat ride
    • Expert guide

      Meeting And Pickup

      You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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      Pickup points

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      Start time

      Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

      Opening hours

      • 1/3/2023 - 3/23/2025

        Monday - Sunday : 05:00 AM - 11:30 PM

      End point

      This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      Pickup details

      NOTE: We reserve the right to book you on our afternoon tour if the morning tour gets booked out. We pick up in private residences or Hotels ONLY in our pick-up area, please note that pick-up times are depending on your location and other factors. The guides will send out the pickup times the afternoon before the tour via email. Please check your Viator message center for that information. All the necessary details will be available on the TripAdvisor InfoCenter the afternoon before the tour! Unpredictable weather is a regular occurrence, with fluctuations observed every other day. This tour will operate in rain or shine.

      What To Expect

      Miami (Pass By)

      Everglades Wildlife Management Area

      2 hours Admission Ticket Free

      Everglades National Park

      40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

      Additional Info

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Most travelers can participate
      • Coordinated start times between 7:45 AM and 1:30 PM depending on location
      • The guides will send out the pickup times the afternoon before the tour via email. Please check your Viator message center for that information as well.
      • Please note: The unpredictable weather is a regular occurrence, with fluctuations observed every other day. This tour will operate in rain or shine.
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

      Cancellation Policy

      This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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        Q:Where do we meet for the Everglades tour?

        A:Hotel pickup is offered from a limited area in Miami. When making your reservation, please be sure to select your hotel from the list. If your hotel does not appear on the pickup list, you may either select the nearest location or opt to meet at Maurice A. Ferre Park in central Miami.

        Jul 2023

        Q:What time is the departure for the Everglades tour?

        A:You will receive an email from the local tour operator at least 24 hours prior to your tour date with the exact meeting time and location. If you need these details earlier, please reach out to the local operator directly using the contact information on your ticket.

        Jul 2023

        Q:Can I request a specific departure time?

        A:You can always request a specific time in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout, or by contacting the local operator at the phone number on your ticket. The local operator will do their best to accommodate any requests, however, specific departure time requests cannot be guaranteed.

        Jul 2023

        Q:How do I notify the local operator that I wish to be picked up at Maurice A. Ferre Park?

        A:Upon confirmation of your reservation, please select "I will select my pickup location later." When you receive your confirmation email and ticket, please reach out to the local operator directly to advise and obtain the exact meeting locatoin within the park.

        Jul 2023

        Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Everglades tour?

        A:Parking is available at the park. The entrance to the parking lot is located off Biscayne Boulevard, just north of the WASD Pump Station #2.

        Jul 2023

        Q:How early should I arrive for the Everglades tour?

        A:The local tour operator will contact you with your exact pickup time and location. Please be ready at least 15 minutes before your scheduled pick up time.

        Jul 2023

        Q:Is the Everglades tour family-friendly?

        A:Absolutely! This tour is appropriate for guests of all ages.

        Jul 2023

        Q:Can I bring my infant with me on the Everglades tour?

        A:Yes - if you are bringing a child under 2 years old, please specify in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so the local operator can be prepared for your arrival.

        Jul 2023

        Q:Is the Everglades tour handicap accessible?

        A:Due to restrictions on the airboat, this tour is not wheelchair accessible. It is also not recommended for anyone with back or neck problems.

        Jul 2023

        Q:Can I participate in the Everglades tour if I am pregnant?

        A:Due to the nature of the airboat ride, this tour is not recommended for pregnant guests.

        Jul 2023

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        Reviews

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        452 reviews
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        Good short Everglades experience.
        David_K, Mar 2024
        The airboat tour allowed us to see alligators and other animals, mostly birds. Our boat guide was funny, and our van driver - Christian - was very informative and interesting.
        Disappointed
        April_B, Mar 2024
        Not speaking badly of Viator. We put the address provided into maps it took us to a house. Finally got headed were we needed to go and traffic was bad. We were 20 mins late. Tour guide left stating we needed to reschedule. I emailed and received no response. Banana Joes who was providing our tour is unreachable, I’ve tried. I put in a request for a refund. Hoping they issue it.
        Response from Host, Mar 2024
        We sincerely appreciate your feedback and would like to address the concerns you've raised regarding the rescheduling of your tour. First and foremost, let me clarify that we have never claimed to have "resecudel" (a truly unique term, might I add) your tour. In the event that you happened to miss your pick-up time, please rest assured that our team was on the way with the prompt and punctual customers who actually managed to make it on time. We do this to ensure everyone enjoys a seamless and impeccable tour experience, minus any inadvertent aerobatic displays involving missed airboats. It's quite a straightforward process, really. We have a schedule, a pick-up point, and a commitment to providing an outstanding experience for those who honor their rendezvous with punctuality. Now, while we comprehend the intricacies of the space-time continuum can be perplexing, we are genuinely puzzled as to why we've received a less-than-stellar review for an incident beyond our control—your absence from the pick-up point. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we would appreciate any insights you might have on how we can better cater to customers who encounter challenges in mastering the art of showing up on time. After all, we're here to enhance your experience, not your acrobatic skills. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you in the future, hopefully with a bit more synchronization in our schedules. Warm regards, Banana Joe Team
        Great trip even thought the alligators didn't surface during the boat ride. The show was phenomenal.
        Kaylee_F, Feb 2024
        The bus ride with the tour escort; he was funny and knowledgeable, very entertaining. It could have been boring but our driver was exceptional.
        Very organized. Loved the...
        Raisa_F, Feb 2024
        Very organized. Loved the nature and alligator's show. The tour guide was very happy and funny. We saw two crocodiles in the river while cruising.
        Great pre cruise activity
        Bryce_G, Feb 2024
        Excellent experience. Highly recommend as a pre/post cruise. Valor and tour operator were very conscientious about our itinerary and schedule. Dropped us off at the cruise terminal.
        We heard lots of facts...
        Jeannette_S, Feb 2024
        We heard lots of facts about the Everglades and saw some wildlife. No alligators but hawks and blue herons. Our tour guide was informative, friendly, and funny.
        Great experience!
        Alina_A, Feb 2024
        Had a great experience on this tour! Special shoutout to Christian, he was very friendly, knowledgeable, and did an excellent job!
        Airboat adventure
        Douglas_J, Feb 2024
        Perfect for travelers arriving early for or after a cruise. We had a group of 11 adults. BANANA JOES did a great job! Benjamin picked us up i. Thecolorful shuttle bus at the hotel. He gave us some history and info about the Everglades on the short ride to the Holiday Park. The shuttle was clean and the PA system actually worked so everyone could hear the guide. Wonderful experience. Weather was not ideal, but the airboat ride was fun and different. It was one of the coldest days of the year, so the alligators were doing a good job of hiding. There were only a couple visible but it did not disappoint. Following the hour ride, we returned to the park for an alligator show inside a covered enclosure, complete with numerous alligators and the the obligatory presenter placing his chin in an alligators mouth. We then shuttled back to the hotel. The excursion was about 4 hours long for a very reasonable price and no worries. Definitely would recommend.
        Terrible Experience
        Matthew_A, Feb 2024
        This was an absolute disaster of a time. The meet up location did not make any sense, we drove from Homestead to Miami Beach to park in a parking garage. We then had to go on over a 2 hr van ride to the location. There was no prior communication on available spots to meet at. The driver was very friendly and nice though. Once at the place, we experienced the Alligator show which was honestly the best part. Once we got on the airboats, we saw a lot of lilly pads and plants. We then saw two alligators who were previously seen on other tours. The tour only lasted 40 mins. If you are an avid traveler, there are much better ways to explore. Also the cost of the park was $37 online. This excursion got $80. Furthermore, they closed the gift shop and cafe before our boat returned.
        Response from Host, Feb 2024
        Dear valued customer, We appreciate your booking for our tour and would like to address a few important points for clarification. Firstly, we want to bring to your attention that the designated pick-up location is not in Homestead, as mentioned in your expectations. We recommend reviewing our offer for accurate details on our pick-up zones. Our tour not only includes an exhilarating airboat ride but also features a professional guide, providing an educational experience about the unique ecosystem of the Everglades. It's important to note that the comparison with the Airboat-only price might overlook the added value and insights our professional guide brings to the overall excursion. Many of our customers specifically choose our experience for the educational aspect beyond the airboat ride, as well as the convenience of our pick-up service. Additionally, we regret to inform you that we have had to reschedule your tour twice due to your delayed arrival. Timeliness is crucial to ensuring a seamless experience for all our guests, and we appreciate your understanding in this matter. We strive to offer an enriching and punctual experience, and we hope to provide you with a memorable tour on your next scheduled visit. Best regards,
        Worth doing
        Laura_S, Feb 2024
        Friendly tour guides. Lots of interesting information shared by both the driver and boat tour guide. A great way to see part of the Everglades
        Nice experience
        Irmgard_K, Feb 2024
        It was a really nice half day Trip from Miami Beach. Driver Christian was very helpful and gave interesting Information on the way to the Park. Airboat Captain Gus showed is a lot of animals including an Alligator.
        An entertaining view on beautiful nature
        Edwin_K, Feb 2024
        The rescued Alligators that were given a place to stay after they been caught. They are not aggressive, although they are predators.
        All round great for solo, family and friends travelling
        Terri_S, Jan 2024
        Some initial trepidation when an unmarked totally blacked out van pulled up next to me in a deserted parking lot (I must stop reading American thrillers)! However Haagen the guide for the day soon jumped out and introduced himself and the side doors glided open to reveal more of the group. Haagen was funny and informative for the drive and passed around various artefacts to demonstrate his talk. We arrived early at the Everglades holiday park and were told it would be 15-20 minutes wait for the airboat ride, but then a lot of coaches arrived so it was actually around and hour wait and it got very busy around the main buildings. Top tip - our guide pointed out washrooms near some picnic tables where there were no queues unlike those in the main building which were out the door much of the time. "Captain Juan" our airboat driver took care to ensure that everyone was well seated with a good view he did his best to find alligators and other wildlife and was very informative throughout; even doing an extra part of one canal in a last effort to find more but at the end of the day it's nature not a zoo. Before you depart they take your photo and a free "souvenir" pic was waiting when we got off. The 15-20 minute gap before the wildlife show ended up being nearer an hour but couldn't be helped and gave the chance to grab some food and souvenirs. Compared to Miami the food was good value and there was some interesting items among the standard knick knacks in the gift shop. I was a bit unsure of the wildlife show beforehand as I am an advocate for animal welfare and don't like them being used for human amusement but I was pleasantly surprised. Very informative whilst being funny and lighthearted, the speaker obviously had a great respect and love for the alligators which are all rescued "nuisance" alligators which would otherwise have been killed and I found it very educational. Not keen on the 'photo opportunity' at the end where you can pay to have your photo taken with a python or baby alligator but that's a personal preference. Overall a great experience and a highlight of my visit to Miami
        Disappointed
        George_B, Jan 2024
        To much boat traffic in a small area Saw very little wildlife Only saw 2 alligators. Should have gone deeper into the Everglades.
        Response from Host, Jan 2024
        If you're seeking an authentic safari or a personalized private experience, consider booking one of our more sophisticated tours. For an unbeatable budget-friendly option in South Florida, our budget tour stands out as the prime choice. Your package includes a convenient pick-up service, an exhilarating airboat tour, an engaging alligator show, and the expertise of a professional guide throughout the entire excursion. Rest assured, you'll have a LIVEGUIDE accompanying you, not a mere recorded narration. When reviewing this tour, it's important to bear in mind that you opted for a budget-friendly option, ensuring you received excellent value for your investment.
        Great time
        William_T, Jan 2024
        Very helpfull guide. Kept us informed at all time and gave the group a good atmosphere. Wouød recommend.
        Good value for the price
        donnalampe, Jan 2024
        Enjoying an airboat ride with pleasant people and knowledgeable guide. Seeing birds, flowers and alligators made it even better.
        We had a perfect day,...
        Travis_C, Jan 2024
        We had a perfect day, ended up seeing numerous alligators, iguanas and birds. Our driver Christian was AMAZING, had so much knowledge, took such great care of us and was an absolute pleasure to work with.
        Super trip
        STELLA_J, Jan 2024
        Christian made our trip so good. He gave us all the info on the way to the Everglades then made sure we all had photos and were at the right place all the time. His enthusiasm for seeing the icon of the seas as we passed Miami port was infectious. We saw 3 alligators on the airboat then the big ones in the show after. All in all a lovely memory making day and Christian is a real asset to your company. Being a small mini bus trip made it so much more personal and the people on the trip were all really friendly too. Thank you banana joes tours it was great. .
        Words were not held
        Maxim_B, Jan 2024
        I agreed with the agent in Viator that I would be picked up 11 am, however late in the evening I received a message that we would be picked up 07.30 am, we were sleeping then at weren't picked up. We payd 150 dollars usd for nothing, and didn't even get a refund. Be careful! Do not buy a trip with this company.
        A Fine Experience
        David_G, Jan 2024
        The tour guide was great and the boat captain was, too. Giving the tour only four stars simply because all we saw was wildfowl..
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