St John’s River Eco Tours operates the most eco-friendly sightseeing boat cruise on the St. John’s River. We operate from the Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort in Debary, Florida. We offer several boat tours daily exploring the river, observing th
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What should I bring along on the tour?
A camera is probably the one thing you will want to bring along and make sure that you have fresh batteries. Binoculars are also a good idea. It is always cooler on the water so a jacket is a good idea except in the summertime. The boat is covered so sun screen may not be necessary. Insects are not an issue as the black water river keeps down mosquitoes. We serve complimentary cold bottled water.
How big is the boat and how many people will it hold?
The boat is a 35 footer and will hold up to 28 people on each cruise. Some special cruises have a smaller maximum.
Is the cruise narrated?
Yes, the cruise is narrated by the Captain and he will point out wildlife as well as other highlights as we approach them throughout the cruise.
Is the boat wheelchair and handicap accessible?
The boat is generally not handicap accessible. If you would like to discuss your specific situation, please feel free to contact us.
Can I bring food and drinks with me?
Sure! Feel free to bring your own food and drinks including alcoholic beverages, but please no glass. Food and drinks will not be available for purchase on the boat, so we encourage you to bring your own!
Is there a place to sit? Is seating assigned?
Seating is not assigned and we offer comfortable bench style seating.
Do you have life jackets?
Yes, we have enough life jackets for every passenger, but you will not be required to wear them during the cruise.
Do I have to worry about seasickness?
The cruise is smooth and stable, so seasickness is generally not a problem. However, we do recommend taking any necessary precautions if you are prone to motion sickness.
I’m pregnant. Can I still go on the cruise?
The cruise is steady enough for pregnant women - however, if you are in your third trimester or have other concerns, it is always best to consult with a doctor beforehand. Please keep in mind that we are about 30 minutes away from medical attention.
Should I tip the crew?
Gratuity is not included in the price of your ticket but is always greatly appreciated for a stellar job.
Can I bring my pet on tour?
Service animals are welcome as well as dogs that are leashed, well behaved and under 40 pounds. Is there a restroom on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with a restroom for your convenience.
Where do I park?
There is a free parking lot located at the Highbanks Marina. You will receive detailed directions and a map of the exact location after purchasing your tickets.
Where does the cruise end?
The cruise will finish at the same dock that it departs from.
Is smoking allowed?
No, smoking is not permitted on the vessel.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, gift certificates are available and make great gifts for any occasion! If you're interested in purchasing a gift certificate, let us know by.
Can I book a private cruise?
Yes, private charters are available. We can accommodate a variety of special events from corporate outings to weddings! Please let us know what you’re interested in.
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St. Johns River Eco Tours
488 W. Highbanks Road