COLLIER SEMINOLE NATURE TOURS 800-719-8160
Collier Seminole Nature Tours is owned and operated by a 4th generation Gladesmen swamp family. We offer a variety of Everglades adventures for all types of travelers. Our tours not only give you insight into the ecology, they offer a true sense of the local culture. Our local knowledge of the swamp and the naturalist guides are sure to make your tour of the Glades a memorable experience. We are the first and only company to offer traditional pole boat tours in the Florida Everglades. Pole boats have been used for centuries by native people here to hunt fish and travel the swamps, they also offer a quiet way to explore the natural beauty of the Florida Everglades and experience Ecotourism at its best.
We hope to be the highlight of your vacation by providing you with a unique and enjoyable experience. At the same time we strive to create an appreciation and awareness of the importance of preserving our natural resources and the traditional gladesmen culture in South Florida. We also strive to make our tours and conduct our business as environmentally conscious as possible reaching towards International Ecotourism Society guidelines and principals.
We offer a wide variety of activities and tours, however, it’s no accident we are the only company in the area that offers traditional pole boat tours. Long before there were roads and bridges throughout the 10,000 Islands, Native Americans and traditional Gladesman handcrafted wooden boats to traverse the shallow waters. These boats were typically carved out of Cypress. Bald Cypress trees are indigenous to the area and are well-known for there long-lasting, highly durable timber. During the 1950′s, the first telephone lines were run through the area and all the poles were crafted of cypress. Of course, over the years, sections of these phone poles deteriorated but the base and partial poles are still standing along what used to be the old railroad running through the Everglades.