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APALACH Tours offers boat tours of the Apalachicola River delta. The tours combine ecology, history and wildlife into one fun and educational experience. Come find out why the Apalachicola estuary ecosystem is so unique and important.


Estuary Tour Appalachicola FLEstuary 101 is the original Apalachicola Eco Tour. This tour is designed to explain what the estuary is, how it works, and why it is so important. You will learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit this unique ecosystem while traveling upriver from the bay, through the wetlands, and into the tributaries that feed the main river.

We will also look at human use of,and impacts on,the Apalachicola River and Bay. Cotton, timber, fishing and tourism have driven the regional economy and all are directly connected to the waterways.

Rates and times: Tours are two hours. Rates are $40 per person. From May through October tours are offered in the late afternoon/early evening. During the warmer months this is the most pleasant time of day and wildlife tends to be more active. Winter trips are scheduled during the warmer hours of the day. Please call for departure times. All tours are limited to a maximum of six passengers. Children must be 7 years or older and accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to have the boat to yourself for a special occasion, charter rates are $240 for the first two hours. Additional hours are $100/hr. Please call for additional information.

Gibby Conrad, your Captain/Guide, is a pioneer of eco tourism in the Apalachicola Estuary and a lifelong student of Gulf Coast maritime history. After conducting tours on the Apalachicola River and Bay from 1997-2007, he moved to Tallahassee and changed his focus to other ecosystems in the Panhandle. After developing a guide to outdoor activities around the Capital, he became a museum educator teaching history and natural science. He is now back on the river that he knows so well, ready to share his knowledge and love of the estuary with his customers.

The boat that will transport you on you adventure is locally built and designed after the tried and true Apalachicola oyster boats. Named Half Shell, this "oyster yacht" offers a stable ride and is equipped for your comfort and convenience. While there is sun protection, keep in mind that you will be outside so come prepared with appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Because the trips are on protected inland waters, motion sickness should not be a problem.

Call us for more details on an Apalachicola Eco Tour : 850-899-5000