Exploration Adventures. Chokoloskee FL and Everglades City Florida.

Captain Rapps' Custom Exploration Adventures out of Chokoloskee, Everglades City, and the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park. alligator photography charter and tour everglades

Want to get out and explore the Everglades National Park and not fish all day? This combo trip may be for you! We customize and structure our exploration adventures and fishing boat tours to make the day suitable for anyone with an interest in exploration regardless of age, skill level, or equipment used. Our trips are designed exclusively for History, nature, and wildlife enthusiasts. Instead of rushing from one place to another, you will be allowed to spend as much time at each location as you wish. We have over 300 species of birds in the Everglades National Park. It is the only Park in the National Park system that was established for biological and ecological considerations rather than it’s geological features. Along with many birds that inhabit the park both full time and part time, many times we see manatee, bottlenose porpoises (Dolphin), alligator, sea turtle, and more. We will take you and your equipment to areas seldom reached by photographers in our clean and comfortable shallow draft flats boats where you will be inspired to explore with your camera, and cast a line in the water.

My exploration adventures are private / individualized charters. You will not be grouped with strangers. This trip is just for you and whoever you want to join in. The boat comfortably holds up to 4 passengers plus myself.  Our Exploration Adventures begin from both Everglades City and Chokoloskee and take you through the Everglades National Park.

Giant While Pelicans in the Everglades National Park

There are several old homesteads that we can stop by and visit while out on our trip in the 10000 islands of the Everglades National Park. These include the Watson Place on the Chatham River. This is the location where "Bloody Ed Watson" had a farm and was thought to kill a few residents of the area in the late 1800's and early 1900's. We can also visit the "Darwin Place", "Lopez home", Turner homestead and Calusa Shell Mounds, a mysterious jet airplane engine laying in a mud flat, and many other interesting places in the Everglades National Park.



Manatee on a captain Rapps charter and tour in the Everglades

How to Reserve Your Trip:

Don't wait till the last minute - Be sure to call me as far as possible in advance to reserve the dates you would like to go. It is not uncommon for me to have bookings several weeks or months ahead. Please send me an email or call so we can discuss available dates. If your schedule allows, I like to look at the tide charts, weather patterns, and several other factors to give you the best scenario to fulfill your dream.

We will provide:

Coolers and ice for your drinks, and food
All necessary permits, licenses, insurance, fuel.

Rates *

$400 - 1/2 Day up to 4 hours

*Rates include up to 4 people.

Tips: It is customary to tip your captain for good service,
and most certainly appreciated.

Items you should bring :

Hat, sun protective clothing, & sunglasses (preferably polarized)
Sun Screen
Food & Drinks
Rain gear
White sole shoes or sandals (no marking soles please)

* Please keep your items to a minimum as stowage space is very limited


dolphin jumping on a Captain Rapps Everglades City and Chokoloskee tour and charter

Deposits, Cancellations & Payment

A one-hundred dollar ($100) deposit is required to book your charter. If Capt. Rapps cancels prior to the trip, the customer will receive a full refund.
If the customer cancels the trip with at least a 48 hour notice, they will receive a full refund. A customer who is a 'no show', or does not give at least 48 hours notice, will however, forfeit their deposit.


Accepted forms of payment are:

Cash, Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, & American Express


Exploration Adventures in  Chokoloskee FL and Everglades City Florida.

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