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Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa

Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa

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Homosassa, United States
Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
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Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Take a 1-hour airboat ride through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on this tour from Homosassa. You'll zoom through estuaries and backwaters, looking for dolphins as you go. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
  • 1-hour airboat ride from Homosassa
  • Look for the native wildlife of Florida's gulf coast
  • Zoom through backwater marshes and canals
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1.5 Hour Airboat Tour
USCG & Dept. of Interior Licensed Captain
Bottled water

Departure Point

10823 W Yulee Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448, USA

Please check in at River Safaris main office, the large green Key West style building with a large airboat out front.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your airboat adventure starts at the tour office in Homosassa, where you'll meet your USCG captain and eco-tour guide and hop on the boat. Then take off, looking for dolphins, birds, and fish as you ride, slide, and glide effortlessly across the water. Airboats are able to access areas that bigger, deeper boats can't, giving you more perspective of this Florida environment.

Explore backwater salt marshes and estuaries; pass by the historical Indian Mounds; and cruise into the clear, shallow waters of the gulf, dotted with islands. This is a speed tour, so hold on and enjoy the twisting, turning tour through marshes and canals.

Select your preferred departure time when booking; morning is the best time to spot wildlife. Birds are common, and there are often dolphin sightings; if you're really lucky, you may even spot an alligator.

Note: It is recommended that you bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and sunglasses. In the cooler months, dress accordingly in pants, a jacket, and maybe even a small blanket to keep you warm. Bottled water and headgear for ear protection are provided (airboats are loud). Hats are not recommended, as they may fly off your head.
Stop At:  
River Safaris - Adventures on the Wild Side
Start your adventure at this full service tour center featuring airboats, rental pontoons, manatee and scallop tours, a unique gift shop, cafe and home to our very own alligators; Van & Halen.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Monkey Island
The one and only monkey island is a must see in Homosassa. Three spider monkeys live on their island home on the Homosassa River, all tours go by the famous monkey island. Watch the monkey's swing through their playground as we pass by.
Pass By:  
Homosassa River
The Homosassa River is home to multiple animal species which you'll see as the tour winds through the twists and turns of the river on your way out to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Does not operate in rain or storms.
  • Minimum of 3 people required to run tour, alternative time will be provided if minimum not met
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY River Safaris & Gulf Charters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa.
What is the social distancing policy during Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa.

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161 Reviews
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Captain Gavin is Amazing! Book the Trip!
, May 2021
Captain Gavin was so amazing! We had so much fun on the boat and he answered every question we had and was very knowledgeable and thorough with his answers. His driving of the airboat was superb! 10/10 recommend.
Great time...Captain Fish was friendly and informative!
, Apr 2021
Seeing a dolphin made the trip that much more exciting! Captain Fish made sure we could get some great pictures and videos!
Wonderful Time!
, Mar 2021
Gavin was an excellent captain and shared great info on the trip. We saw a bottle nose dolphin, bald Eagle, several osprey and had a great time. We will defiantly do other trips with this company!
Captain Mike Fish took us...
, Mar 2021
Captain Mike Fish took us on a wild ride/great adventure. We saw lots of wildlife including dolphins up close.
Definitely worth the $!!
, Dec 2020
Cpt Fish is an amazing airboat driver!! We had a thrilling and wonderful experience!!! We saw dolphin, a bald eagle, hawks, spider monkeys (yes!!), crane, sat in the shallow waters of the gulf, and had great conversation!!
A nice day all the way to the gulf.
, Dec 2020
We saw lots of dolphins and our tour guide did a lot to help us see them for a long time. Informative about the River and sea life.
So Much Fun!
, Sep 2020
Absolutely incredible as always!!! Captain Fish was fun and informative and thoroughly knowledgeable about the waterways and Gulf waterways. truly a "don't miss" attraction on Florida's Nature Coast!
Family airboat ride
, Dec 2019
Extremely fun trip. We all enjoyed the sites and the ride. Captain Irish Dave was knowledgeable and interesting.
This airboat ride was great. The...
Gwen L
, Aug 2017
This airboat ride was great. The first part goes slowly out of the harbor in Homasassa past Monkey island and all the osprey nests on the channel markers. The pier from which the boat departs is quite low key and easy to find, and the seating is three in front and three in the second tier on the airboat, so there are no bad seats. Our day was overcast, so we did not have rain, but did have a hot day of occasional sun as the boat glided out tot he shallows among the grasses of the edge of the gulf of Mexico. Our guide took us to a shallow area to see sponges and fishes for which he cut the loud motor so we cold glide around. He was looking for rays, that he said usually were in that area, but we did not see any. We moved to another area to see a large rookery of pelicans by the hundreds, and then piles of oyster shells from ancient Indian villages that once were there. The most fun was when he opened up the throttle and took us skittering very fast across the water among the sea grasses. It was so loud you could not have any conversations, and all riders are required to wear protective ear gear that they provide. I was glad I went and would love to do it again.
Tour was great....captain Bob was...
, Jul 2017
Tour was great....captain Bob was good source of info...Highly recommend, might suggest better hearing protectors, but minor annoyance...Was awesome!!

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