Sunset to Starlight Cruise
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
From Environmental Learning Center, go south on Collier Blvd two miles. Turn
right on Shell Island Road (look for brown Field Station sign). Proceed down
bumpy, winding road until the end at the Shell Island Road Boat
Date and Time
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon.
Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and
enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely
return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a
mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather
for the night. Advanced registration is required.
Participants must have the physical ability to step down into,
and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are