The Conservancy of Southwest Florida now offers cruises through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II, a 33-passenger pontoon boat. Leisurely Lunch and Classic Sunset Adventure Cruises are available daily, weather and tides permitting.
The Leisurely Lunch Cruises runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers a relaxing, two-hour cruise through Rookery Bay, plus a one-hour stop for lunch on Isle of Capri. The Classic Sunset Adventure Cruises leave two hours before sunset and offer a spectacular view as hundreds of shorebirds roost for the evening in Rookery Bay’s mangrove islands. Passengers are welcome to bring snacks and beverages to enjoy as they watch the Florida sunset. Trained guides point out assorted wildlife, including hundreds of species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals that thrive in this unique habitat.
“The Good Fortune II offers residents and visitors a very intimate and personal way to learn about Southwest Florida’s environment,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “Taking a ride through the mangroves, guests might spot a dolphin, manatee or a bobcat. It’s a great adventure and you really gain an entirely new appreciation for Southwest Florida’s natural environment.”
The Good Fortune II sails from the Conservancy’s dock in Rookery Bay off Shell Island Road, which is located three miles south of U.S. 41 off of Collier Boulevard/Florida State Road 951. The cost is $32 per adult and $14 per child for members, or $42 per adult and $19 per child for non-members. Reservations are required, and specialty cruises and private charters are also available. The Good Fortune II and all captains are Coast Guard certified. To make a reservation or for more information, call 239-403-4236 or visit www.conservancy.org/goodfortune.