Explore the First Coast, naturally

Matanzas River Eco Tours

$50.00 per personExplore the First Coast, naturally

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Matanzas Brown Pelicans

Explore the First Coast, naturally

Explore the Matanzas River and step into a bit of real Florida without going far. Minutes from St. Augustine, you’ll climb onboard our comfortable 24-foot Carolina Skiff to watch for dolphins and other wildlife, as we bring you into the heart of the beautiful Matanzas on Florida’s First Coast. This waterway stretches for 20 miles from St. Augustine to the south as a natural portion of the larger Intracoastal Waterway of Florida’s east coast.

Our Tours are Perfect for:

  • Dolphin and wildlife viewing
  • Bird-watching
  • Family groups
  • Photography trips
  • Team-building
  • On-the-water picnics
  • Home school outings
  • Custom Tours
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Led by Coast Guard certified Master Captain Russ Holliday, our eco-tours are focused on small groups of 2 – 6 passengers, so you can leave the crowds of downtown St. Augustine behind.

We’ve Got Your Trip to Natural Florida Covered

Whether you’re a local St. Augustine resident or a visitor, Native Sun Tours offers you the chance to spend a few hours experiencing the Matanzas River and its connecting creeks and surrounding tidal marshes.

Bottlenose Dolphin in St. Augustine

Connect

Beyond the historic streets of St. Augustine, our region offers an abundance of natural areas that reflect the beauty of Real Florida. The Matanzas River is one of those natural treasures that beckons you to experience the natural wonder of Northeast Florida.

Opening an Oyster

Learn

With his years of experience on various waterways on both the east and west coast of Florida, Captain Russ has an old salt’s knowledge of near-shore waters and their native occupants. He’ll keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life (we might even spot a sea turtle or manatee), while giving you an interesting and informative overview of the area.

Snowy Egret in St. Augustine

Relax and Enjoy

The Matanzas waterway is one that encourages you to sit back for a spell and soak in the unique beauty of the area. With an experienced captain at the helm, you can relax and enjoy the trip, while he takes care of the navigation.