Treasure Island boat tour
The treasure on this remarkable island isn’t gold, silver or pirates’ booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a very rare tropical hardwood hammock. Having been diminished due to past human activity, this rich biological community should be elevated from rare to priceless! Accordingly, the Reserve restricts public access to this area to protect it from damage. However, as our guest you will travel by boat to the island, disembark, and hike about ½ mile on primitive trails in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. As you meander along your guide will interpret the unique sights, smells and sounds of the hammock. By slowing down and absorbing the experience with your senses, you will come to know why this island really is a treasure. Guests will also learn how some people currently manage to live on these islands completely off the grid, without any access to public utilities. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and requires the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied up to the shore and to walk ½ mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes are required. Cost is $75 for non-members, $70 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and includes admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Register at rookerybay.org.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower, Naples, FL 34113