Biscayne National Park Guided Tours

Stiltsville North Bay Tour

Stiltsville Biscayne National Park

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A great tour of the sights on north Biscayne Bay including Downtown, Key Biscayne mansions, beautiful Cape Florida Light House and the Historic Stiltsville Homes out on the water viewed up close from Biscayne Channel.

Keep a look out for dolphins, manatees, turtles, rays and a variety of sea birds. 

Non Stop Five Hours 550.00

Stop for a swim or photo ops by the Stiltsville houses Six Hours 600.00

Boca Chita Key

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An Idyllic tropical island with a rich history and snorkeling off the beach.

The iconic and historic lighthouse, built by Mark Honeywell in the 1930s, guides boats to the beauty and wonders of the park. Boca Chita is the most visited island in the park. 

Nine Hours 750.00

Add paddle boards for 50.00 each

Elliott Key

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Anchor in clear calm bay side waters. Snorkel to see juvenile fish in shallow  sea grass beds or paddle board along this tropical island paradise. The largest island in the park was once a thriving community of pioneers engaged in pineapple farming, sponging, wrecking or other pursuits. 

Nine hours 750.00

Add paddle boards for 50.00 each.

 

Wreck of the Arratoon Apcar

Arratoon Apcar Biscayne National Park

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SS Arratoon Apcar was a 261 foot iron-hulled steamship built in 1861 for the Apcar Line. She ran aground on Fowey Rocks off the coast of Florida on February 20 1878, and later sank. Today the wreck is a great location for snorkeling.  The base of Fowey Rocks Light House adjacent to the wreck is also teeming with schools of fish.

See Stiltsville and Cape Florida Lighthouse going there and back.

Seven hours 650.00


Bache Shoal Reef

Bache Shoal Biscayne National Park

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Why look into an aquarium when you can swim in one.   Like a bustling city, the reef is active day and night.    "No sea-lover could look unmoved on the blue rollers of the Gulf Stream and the crystal-clear waters of the reef, of every delicate shade of blue and green, and tinged with every color of the spectrum . . . a sort of liquid light, rather than water, so limpid and brilliant is it."

Commodore Ralph Munroe in 1877 

See Stiltsville, Cape Florida Lighthouse and Fowey Rocks Lighthouse going there and back. 

Nine Hours 750.00

Fowey Rocks Lighthouse

Fowey Rocks Lighthouse Biscayne National Park

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Fowey Rocks Light is located seven miles southeast of Cape Florida on Key Biscayne. The lighthouse was completed in 1878.  Snorkelers can swim around the base of the light which is teeming with schools of fish from the very minute in massive schools that look like a cloud, to small colorful tropical fish, large angel fish, parrot fish, grunts, snappers, tangs, jacks, grouper, tarpon, barracuda and nurse sharks, just to mention a few.

See Stiltsville and Cape Florida Lighthouse going there and back. 

Sail out and back non stop, Five Hours 550.00 

With a stop at the light, Six Hours 600.00

 

Tax and Tip not included in these rates. Private charter, price is for up to six passengers.  


The Captain / Tour Guide speaks English and Spanish


All tours subject to Pelican Charter Contract terms and conditions.


Legally permitted Biscayne National Park Tour.  

The "Pelican" is one of only three sailboats permitted to offer charters in Biscayne National Park. Non permitted vessels are subject to eviction from the Park by National Park Police terminating your

 tour and escorting you out of the park. 


Boca Chita Key trips are on weekdays only due to overcrowding on weekends.

 We do not recommend wreck or reef trips in winds over ten knots. 

What Is Included 

Biscayne National Park Permit, Coast Guard Licensed Captain and tour guide, Required Safety Equipment, Charter Insurance, Fuel, Ice, Bottled Water, Soft Drinks, Starbucks Coffee, Selection of Fine Teas, Plates, Cups, Cutlery, Napkins, Paper Towels, Trash Bags, Basic Spices, Bar B Que Grill, Gas Stove and Oven, Cooler, Refrigerator, Floating Mattresses, Deck Chairs, Fresh Towels, JBL Flip blue tooth speakers, Snorkel Gear.


Reference Library

Quick reference guides for fish, birds, mammals and marine invertebrates including coral, Florida Keys Reef Life Guide, Florida Audubon Field Guide, 365 Starry Nights book and Night Sky Star Finder.  Park info sheets in Spanish and French.  Park info sheet on the search for the slave ship Guerrero. A Biscayne National Park map is your to keep.  


Also on board; books on Biscayne National Park history, the HMS Fowey Wreck, Tales of Old Florida, The Forgotten Frontier historical photo book, The Young Wrecker on the Florida Reef, The Commodore's Story and other selections on South Florida History.  


Food and Meals

Your are welcome to bring any food items you wish and use the on board facilities for cooking or we can cater for you.  We recommend keeping it simple for the greater enjoyment of your time and the Captain is always happy to assist with the bar-b-que. 


We do not supply alcohol please BYOB.


Snorkeling

We have used snorkel gear to lend or with advance notice we can provide you with  a new snorkel kit for 40.00 which is yours to keep.  


Reef Safe Non Toxic To Sea Life Sunscreen is required for anyone  entering the water.   We keep a supply on board for your use.


Reefs / Wrecks are offshore outside the bay.   Waves increase offshore in winds over ten knots.   No problem for us, you might not be comfortable.  We do not recommend wreck or reef trips in winds over ten knots.


Privacy 

We respect your privacy. Some charter operators include in their contract that they will be taking images of you and that any images taken are their property for their commercial purposes, which means your image will be used on facebook, instagram and all over the internet or even sold whether you like it or not.  We feel this is wrong, it is a 'private' charter after all.   If you would like to share any of your photos with us so we can show others what a great experience this is great, we truly appreciate that. If not that's fine, it certainly isn't expected nor forced upon you because you booked with us.