The River Explorer is a 24 passenger pontoon boat that cruises on the Indian River in Vero Beach, Florida 4 times daily 6 days a week.
Michelle dolphin photo
manatee photo 3
manatee photo 1
dolphin jumping photo
Frequently Asked Questions about our river eco-tours. Q. What time do I need to arrive? A. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time. This ensures an on time departure.
Q. What do I need to bring? A. All you need to bring is yourself and guests. We do recommend that you bring a camera, if you have one, and wear sunglasses (polarized if you have them). You are more than welcome to bring snacks and beverages if you like, but we do have them available on board for purchase.
Q. How long is the cruise? A. We now have 2 cruises, a 1 hour cruise and a 2 hour. The cruise is approximately 1 or 2 hours. We always say approximately because sometimes we may be a few minutes late coming back to the dock.
Q. Do you have a restroom on board? A Yes. On a boat the restroom is referred to as the head, and our cruise boat is equipped with everything to keep our guests comfortable.
Q. What can we expect to see while cruising down the Indian River? A. We see dolphin on almost every trip. We also look for manatees, birds, river otters, and whatever else we may happen to see. Every day is different, so we can’t promise what you might see. It is wildlife and it changes every day.
Q. Will we see alligators? A. We don’t typically see alligators because of the salinity of the water. It is primarily salt water and alligators prefer fresh water. We have seen them occasionally though, so there is a possibility. If you want to ensure seeing alligators, join us on our sister ship “Gator Bait Airboat Adventures” and we promise you will see alligators. Visit the website at Vero Beach Airboat Adventures for more information.
Q. What if we would like to do both the airboat and river cruise? A. We would love to have you visit both boats! If you would like to enjoy both the airboat ride and the river cruise. Please call us at 772-766-2628 for details.
Q. Where do we park? A. You park at the Riverside Café in Vero Beach (3341 Bridge Plaza Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963) and walk to the back of the restaurant where the docks are. We are the large pontoon with the blue roof at the end of the dock.