Captain Alex Saputo took our family of four, two adults and two teenage girls, on a boat tour through the 10,000 Islands. He was very friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife. Coming from Michigan and not having the ability to see much of the sea life that exists down in Florida, our family was focused on finding dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. Alex was able to bring us to areas that had an abundance of each. We even encountered a manatee within minutes of pushing off from the dock. Alex spotted it and shut off the engine so we could all get a good look at it. The manatee swam right under the boat!
We then went out to an area known to have a lot of turtles. We were able to get great views of many turtles. One even swam towards us! They were very hard to spot but Alex was able to point many out as they popped their heads up for air.
Next were the dolphins, where, again, Alex was able to provide an amazing show. Captain Saputo noticed the dolphins were acting more playful than normal and drove the boat at just the right speed to where the dolphins jumped out of the boat’s wake. We were able to get great pictures and videos.
Finally Alex brought us to an area where the manatees like to hang out. This took a little more work to find but Alex was successful of course. We spotted four manatees. We watched as their noses broke the surface of the Gulf, taking in a breath of air, and submerging again.
We highly recommend Captain Alex Saputo as your tour guide. The price is well worth the show. The entire family had a great time.
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