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Privately guided boat tour to Keewaydin Island for four (4) people

Keewaydin Island is an unspoiled barrier island located off the coast of Naples. Managed by the State of Florida’s Coastal Office, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it features eight miles of sandy white beach that function as a natural sea turtle habitat. While you can see Marco Island from the southern tip of Keewaydin, it is a world apart: the island has no bridges, roads or cars, and is accessible only by boat. Roughly 85% of the area is uninhabited, with a handful of private homes dotting the remaining portion of the island.

During the late 1950s, in fact, Keewaydin was slated for development. The residents took a hard look at what had happened in places like Marco Island and Fort Myers Beach, and they mounted a successful campaign to stop commercial intrusions. Boats typically park at the island’s southern tip, where visitors can appreciate the natural beauty of their surroundings. The winning bidder’s party of four will receive a private boat tour to Keewaydin and learn about the wildlife and unique ecosystem of the island—specifically the loggerhead sea turtle, whose nesting activity is monitored every night by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

INSIDER’S INFO: Package is available Monday through Friday and is valid through January 31, 2021. Reservations must be made at least two (2) weeks in advance and experience is subject to availability and weather.

DONOR: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida