Pure Florida invites guests aboard the M/V Edison Explorer to Discover Matlacha Island during a special cruise to Pine Island on Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The day begins with a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and includes a guided tour of Matlacha Island. An old Florida fishing village, Matlacha Island is considered a “hidden gem” and is home to bright-colored art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants and more.
During the Discover Matlacha Island Cruise excursion, guests will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida along the Caloosahatchee River and on the island of Matlacha. Upon arriving to the island, guests will be taken on a Taste of Matlacha Walking Tour, guided by True Tours, learning about the island’s unique history and enjoying a sampling of signature delicacies. Upon conclusion of the tour, guests may enjoy lunch at their leisure and visit the nearby shops and galleries. Local attractions include the Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, where guests can tour the whimsical gardens and meet well-known Matlacha Island artist, Leoma Lovegrove. Following exploration, passengers can enjoy a peaceful return cruise on the M/V Edison Explorer.
Discover Matlacha Island Cruise tours are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains, also master naturalists, and highlight the history of the Caloosahatchee River and Matlacha Island. Registration for the tour is $64 per person. Lunch can be included for an additional charge of $12 per person. The M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.
A complimentary bottle of water will be provided, and additional refreshments are available for purchase. Passengers are welcome to bring snacks aboard.