Ecotours are fun and educational for all ages and a great way to see the natural side of the Florida Keys. Wildlife is abundant. Herons, ibis, egrets, pelicans, colorful fish, sea turtles and occasionally dolphin or the rare manatee may be seen. Every tour is different in that you never know what might pop up and surprise you. Low tide is the best time to see wading birds or to see sharks, bonefish, stingrays taking advantage of fish exposed on the shallow flats and tide pools. Midday is the best time to look for fish. The direct sunlight penetrates the clear waters and allows you to see colorful fish, corals and sponges. Four major marine ecosystems provide a variety of habitat viewing: coral reef, mangrove, seagrass beds, and hardbottom (sponge beds). A few of the activities that may be enjoyed during our ecotours are listed below.