Rookery Bay Eco-Cruise

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Private Charters

Our private charters are available year-round. 

Cruise Pricing

Members - $799
Others - $899

Call to Register: 239.213.2500

Led by a Coast Guard-certified captain

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers a unique opportunity for its members and guests to explore the beautiful area it saved more than 50 years ago. Conservancy naturalists and a Coast-Guard-certified captain will guide you through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II, a comfortable 35-passenger pontoon boat. See some of the most spectacular waterways, wading birds and perhaps even a dolphin!

See below to learn about our cancellation policy for sunset cruises to read about our cancellation policy for private charters.

*All cruises subject to weather conditions and tide.

Cancellation Policy: Mid-morning & Sunset Cruises

MID-MORNING & SUNSET CRUISES

The following policies apply to cancellations requested by the customer which are non-weather related or “no-shows” at the scheduled cruise time. In the event of a cancellation request made with 48 hours’ notice, we will make every effort to reschedule your tour. If this is NOT possible, you will be refunded.

  • Ticketed events are paid in full at the time of reservation.
  • Requests for rescheduling of ticketed reservations may be made up to 48 hours before the cruise and will be contingent on availability. There is no charge for rescheduling ticketed tours with at least 48 hours’ notice.
  • Purchased tickets are non-refundable within 48 hours of the scheduled cruise.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

The following policies apply to cancellations determined by the Captain which are weather related. The sail usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but we may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. In the event of a weather cancellation, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will make every effort to reschedule your tour at no additional charge.

Refunds for checks will be available within 14 business days.

Refunds for credit cards will be available within 7-10 business days.

Cancellation Policy: Private Charters

The following policies apply to cancellations requested by the customer which are non-weather related or “no-shows” at the scheduled charter time. In the event of a cancellation request made with 7 days’ notice or more, we will make every effort to reschedule your tour. If this is NOT possible, you will be refunded.

  • Cancellations requested less than 7 days’ notice prior to the charter date will be charged 50% of the charter fee.
  • “No shows” will be charged 100% of the charter fee.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

The following policies apply to cancellations determined by the Captain which are weather related. The sail usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but we may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. In the event of a weather cancellation, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will make every effort to reschedule your tour at no additional charge.

Refunds for checks will be available within 14 business days.

Refunds for credit cards will be available within 7-10 business days.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We are very happy to have our eco-cruises back for the 2020 season. This year, we have new policies in place to help ensure the safety of all of our passengers while you enjoy your cruise through beautiful Rookery Bay.

  • Masks must be worn while checking in and remain on throughout the cruise except while eating or drinking
  • Temperature readings will be taken and you will not be allowed to sail if you have a reading of 100.4°F or above
  • Our equipment will be sanitized between every use
  • Shared/common surfaces will be thoroughly disinfected throughout operating hours
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for passengers
  • Any staff interacting with customers will be wearing face masks
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed at registration and on the docks

Click here to print out the list of precautions we are taking for our eco-cruise tours.

Directions to the Good Fortune II boat landing from Naples and North

From I-75, take exit 101 and follow signs for Marco Island. You will be on Collier Blvd./State Rd. 951. Continue south to US-41. Cross US-41, continue south on 951. Do not turn into Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. From US-41 it is three miles to Shell Island Road. Turn right onto Shell Island Road (just before Fiddler’s Creek).

The street sign is small, so watch carefully.

Continue 2.5 miles on Shell Island Road. (You will pass Florida Fish & Wildlife). Shell Island Road is a wildlife area; please allow extra time for the 2.5 mile road.  You will come to a Good Fortune II  sign pointing to a grassy parking area which will be on your right. Park on the grass. Go through the gate at the wooden fence and follow the path to the boat dock. Please watch your step.

Directions To Shell Island Road and the Good Fortune II from Marco Island.

From Collier Blvd, head north towards Naples. Turn left onto Shell Island Road, just after Fiddler’s Creek entrance (which is on the right).

Continue 2.5 miles on Shell Island Road. (You will pass Florida Fish & Wildlife). Shell Island Road is a wildlife area; please allow extra time for the 2.5 mile road.  You will come to a Good Fortune II sign pointing to a grassy parking area which will be on your right. Park on the grass. Go through the gate at the wooden fence and follow the path to the boat dock. Please watch your step.

Directions from Shell Island Road

Continue 2.5 miles on Shell Island Road. (You will pass Florida Fish & Wildlife). Shell Island Road is a wildlife area; please allow extra time for the 2.5 mile road.  You will come to a Good Fortune II  sign pointing to a grassy parking area which will be on your right. Park on the grass. Go through the gate at the wooden fence and follow the path to the boat dock. Please watch your step.

What to bring:

  • You are welcome to bring food and drinks. (One personal size cooler per person)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (a limited supply is available for use)
  • Sunscreen/hat (the boat is canopied so you will not be in direct sun)
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Light jacket for sunset cruise – Temperature is cooler over the water
  • Bird Identification Cards available for use

Special notes:

  • The Good Fortune II boat and all captains are Coast Guard certified.
  • All trips are weather-permitting. We will provide notice to you as soon as a trip is cancelled, generally within two hours of departure time.
  • As a courtesy to other guests, we ask that you kindly cancel or reschedule your cruise at least 48 hours before departure time.
  • Facilities are available at the dock.

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