Three kids and a mom packed up the car and traveled from Cape Coral to Marco Island. We track adventure, good times and lots of sightseeing when we head out on vacation. My kids are not about sleeping in, rather they are about taking in all the sights and attractions they can so they experience as much as possible.
Each child keeps a travel bucket list, and while it is more of a ‘wish list’ they are always updating their notebooks with things they have done versus things they want to do. This trip to Marco Island sure won big marks from Dolphins riding alongside our boat to tubing in Marco Island at fun speeds that thrilled teens.
Could an adventure get any better? Toss in a really cool water enthusiast, a great boat and mangroves all around and you have a perfect adventure just waiting to be tackled. Here’s our take on the best dolphin, shelling and tubing adventure in Marco Island as we lavishly live travel and adventure out loud!
Best Dolphin, Shelling and Tubing Adventure In Marco Island
In exchange for today’s post, I was provided a lovely dolphin, shelling, and tubing adventure in Marco Island from Breakwater Adventures as I seek out the best of the best for those traveling. All opinions, images, and thoughts are my own, based on our experience.
Are you seeking an adventure you can take your family on, where there is something for everyone and yet it is still an adventure of sorts? Perhaps you dislike swimming but want to get the best seashells around or maybe you are all about Dolphins and your kids love dolphins too? Want to see a Manatee up close, so close that you can almost touch it? Do your kids love the water and want to speed through it as though they are skating on ice? Get ready for the best of all that in one tour that is all about family, multi-genre goodness and gaining a new appreciation for the open water! We have found the Best of adventure in dolphins, tubing and shelling on Marco Island !
BREAKWATER ADVENTURES – Marco Island
As with any summer, I travel solo, with the kids and without my husband, because his busy season is summer. We were staying in Cape Coral, but I really wanted to give the kids an adventure to remember so I started looking for dolphin and shelling tours, and I simply have to tell you that I struck gold with this adventure.
You know that no matter where I go, the boys look for something a bit adventurous and I prefer to hang back a bit, well I found the perfect combination for the boys and myself and my daughter. I made mention that my husband was not with me, so for me, adventures either have to be with a highly reliable firm or there is no adventure. What I found is Breakwater Adventures, a Captain named Alex (pictured above) and a 3-hour tour that will satisfy something for every adventurer from hard core to passive!
We took off on a questionable morning, as the weather is truly unpredictable in the summer months. The water level is about 3-4 feet deep everywhere we traveled, so that is one thing you really might want to know. Alex chatted as we boated through the Mangroves.
We saw beautiful homes that were built into an island of Mangroves. jumping fish, some famous fish guy (yeah not really into fishing sorry about the lack of detail here)
Then we struck the mother load, Dolphins, and Manatee, but wait, there’s so much more. Read on to learn about our adventure and one you too can take!
ROSEATE SPOONBILLS – PRETTY IN PINK
As an added bonus we got to enjoy these Roseate Spoonbills that are more rare than common, however, they are common to the Marco Island and Florida Coastal Areas. They are gorgeous and super hard to photo!
Let’s just say Alex knows kids, teens and what they love. Alex slowed the boat down, suggested some tubing, and placed the tube on the water. The boys did not have to get into the water to get on the tube, rather Alex held it tight so they could get on and not get wet (if you don’t like the water this is important to know!) – then he released the tension rope and we took off. He explained to boys to go ‘Thumbs Up’ or ‘Thumbs Down’ to signal how fast they wanted to go or not go.
Look at them go!
The real fun started when Alex went ahead and Thumbs Upped it himself, they were flying over the wake and all over the place, laughing, and smiling from start to finish. At the end, their arms were tired from hanging on and they had a blast!
What if you could be stopped on a private island and shell? That’s exactly what we did, Alex pulled the boat right up to the island, we got out and we shelled. It was amazing.
You have to imagine how many fresh shells are washed in here when the tide comes in and out and covers the island, so there is always new inventory.
Want to take a swim? Here’s where you can, and yes the water is warm and refreshing! Don’t forget to take those photos!
South of Marco Island, only by boat, sits Kice Island and Cape Romano where you will see the famed Domed Houses. If you don’t know what these are, Alex will give you a brief history on them and if your kids are like mine, they will start Googling for more info and the conversation is still ongoing until this day! These are pretty incredible to see and learn about and imagine how they were versus how they are!
Where are all the Dolphins? Don’t worry because Captain Alex will find them.
The Dolphins were my favorite part of the trip and the kids (teens) loved it even more. The Dolphins just came right along the boat and were jumping out of the water, it was crazy great to see.
The Manatees can be a bit more elusive depending where they are, as they ‘blend’ with the bottom of the sand, but no fear, Alex found those too. We found them way out and really close in, so they are everywhere and Alex knows their ‘hotspots’
Trips to the islands, and especially Marco Island would not be complete without a canal tour and the siting of Iguanas. These creatures give me the ‘willies’ and they are everywhere, running rampant, but totally cool to see. If you blink your eyes, it is like they multiply when you open your eyes back up!
Visiting Marco Island is not just about the adventure but for some of us, it is about ogling at the incredible homes that span all along the border, because they are incredible!
THINGS YOU NEED TO PACK
When you book your trip with Breakwater Adventures, be certain to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel (if you going in the water or tubing), a hat, and if it is the 3 hours on the water adventure bring refreshments and food (yes you are allowed and welcomed too). Lavishly live the Best Dolphin, Shelling and Tubing Adventure In Marco Island. You get to do it all in a small time frame and then you have that to knock off the bucket list and memories that you will love!