Explore the wildlife on this easy guided and narrated tour. Cruise on your pontoon boat to see herds of manatees, flocks of birds, and playful dolphin on their journey through the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands. The Thousand Islands are a flood tide delta deposit, formed in the past by a breach in the barrier island by a strong storm surge. This natural occurrence created a maze of narrow trails and canals through the natural mangrove islands and hidden hammocks. The spectacular canals through the Thousand Islands provide shelter to manatee, dolphin and a variety of coastal birds. You'll observe reddish egret, wood stork, brown and white pelican, bald eagle, nesting osprey, great blue herons, and many more. The Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands are a part of the Indian River Lagoon estuary also located on the Banana River. Enjoy a soft drink before heading back to your ship.
Note: This tour requires no walking. The pontoon boat has a surround-sound and speaker system. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. This tour returns to the pier and will not be available for guests disembarking or with a back to back sailing.
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Customer Reviews for Pontoon Cruise On The Banana River
Relaxing boat ride around the lagoon. Got to see lots of manatees, a few dolphins, different types of birds and vegetation. And also a lot of nice houses along the waterway. Guides were very informative and friendly. I'm not one to just sit at the beach and bake in the sun, so I'm glad my husband and I did this excursion.
We took this tour to see the area around Canaveral, since we heard it was full of wildlife. The tickets said there were no guarantees, but we figured a boat ride is good enough. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and stopped the boat several times so we could get better views of Bald Eagles, Osprey, pelicans, and other exotic birds. Since it was the winter migration season, there were literally thousands of birds in one area. We also saw a pod of Dolphins and glimpses of a few manatee. It's worth the trip just to see the local waterways with views of the Space Center, and local waterfront residential areas. On a comical note - the safety briefing we were given at the beginning of the trip told us that if the boat were to sink, we merely had to stand up, since the average water depth in the river is about 4 feet!