Meet Your Captain

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Captain Wayne Gilbert a native of the Florida Everglades and grew up near the Fort Lauderdale Florida area has been piloting Fort Lauderdale airboat rides since the age of 19 when he bought his first airboat. A Certified United States Coast Guard Captain with over 30 years of experience doing everglades airboat rides. He fell in love with the Everglades and its diverse ecosystem at a young age and decided Airboat rides and Fishing charters were a great way to show people all over the world his backyard, the Florida Everglades.

He says the best part of his job is his office, as well as meeting new people every day from all over the world who want to experience the river of grass airboat rides. If you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood ,Weston or Miami Florida area and want to experience an airboat ride in the florida everglades Captain Wayne has more hours on the water doing a private Fort Lauderdale airboat ride than any other Captain exisitng today. He is One of the original private airboat ride Captains in the south Florida area. Learn about the eco system, the birds and history of the old Florida Everglades with Captain Wayne today.

Fort Lauderdale Airboat Ride Frequently Asked Questions

To your right you will see answers to our most frequently asked questions pertaining to our Fort Lauderdale airboat rides. If you have further questions, or require special accommodations, please contact us through our Book A Trip page or call us at (954) 338-4890.

Do we need reservations?

Yes we do not take walk-ups to the boat ramp you will need to email or call and make a reservation. As the #1 Fort Lauderdale Airboat Rides, it is always best to make reservations in advance.

I can't find the address to your boat ramp, where is it?

After emailing us or calling us and making a reservation you will be emailed a confirmation with directions, we do not put it on the web-site because some people just show up and normally we cant take them because we are booked.

Where is your boat ramp located in the Everglades?

We are in the south portion of Palm Beach county in parkland near the Loxahatchee preserve approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic from downtown Fort Lauderdale near Boca Raton.

Do you provide transportation or transfers from the hotel to your boat ramp?

No we do not, but we can refer you to a transportation company that does, note it is always cheaper to rent a car for the day based on customer comments. If your a corporate group doing a corporate event we can set up transportation needs.

What times do your Airboat Tours depart daily?

Normally 9:00 and 11:00 am or 1:00 and 3:00 pm this may vary in the summer time. Fort Lauderdale airboat ride will take into account extinuating weather and special circumstances.

How many passengers can you fit on one airboat?

Normally 6 to 9 depending on the passenger sizes or its a mixed group with kids. For most of our Fort Lauderdale Airboat rides, we will book you aboard Southern Thunder, our custom built airboat.

Are young children and seniors allowed to go on the airboat rides?

Yes we have had passenger ages ranging from 1 year to 92 years old, please note it is up to the parents to decide this, they know their children better than we do. Hundreds of families and companies choose to use us for their Fort Lauderdale airboat rides every year, and with our experienced USCG certified Captains, you are completely safe!

What will we see on the trip?

The Florida Everglades has many species of plants, bird life and is one of the largest wetlands in the world which is home to the American Alligator. We normally see birds, alligators and the occasional deer but all of the species are wild and we do our best to find them for you every trip but there are no guarantees on wildlife.

What happens if there is bad weather?

We monitor weather daily we will not go out in a storm or lightning and jeopardize the safety of Captain and passengers. This will be a decision made by the Captain as to Cancel the trip due to bad weather. Note upon booking your Captain will advise you on weather conditions and what to be prepared for. Winter time it is 10 to 15 degrees cooler on the boat while it is moving.

What do we wear on our airboat ride?

Normally in the spring and summer shorts t-shirts flip flops or sneakers. Winter time in south Florida is normally mild however it is 15 degrees cooler on the boat while it is moving so it is a good Idea to bring a windbreaker or jacket in the winter time.

Will I get motion sickness?

No the boat ride is smooth and it glides across the top of land and water.

What should we bring on our airboat trip?

We provide a cooler with bottled water and ice. You may bring snacks and beverages on board if you would like. Cameras, Sunscreen and video cameras are a good idea as well as a good pair of polarized sunglasses.

Are there a lot of bugs or mosquitoes?

Normally this is not an issue, we are on the water and moving, but if you would like you may bring some repellent.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes, you must cancel your trip 48 hours in advance prior to your everglades tour by phone or email or forfeit your 50% deposit. Deposits are non-refundable with the exception of inclement weather decided by our staff or your Captain. The airboat ride may be rescheduled within the same calendar week.

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