Still waters run deep. They’re also where you can spot alligators. Gators are nocturnal creatures and do most of their hunting at night, when their eyes turn a vibrant red. When the sun’s out, they’re awake but more low-key. They usually lurk just below the surface, both close to shore and out in the open waters.
Gators typically hold their breath up to 15 minutes while trolling, but they can stay submerged for several hours when needed. If you spot one, be sure to be quiet. Noise will scare off a gator, and chances are it’ll go under and re-emerge far away from the commotion. Our airboat captains are experts at finding gators in Lake Cypress (our backyard here at Wild Florida and the perfect place for an Orlando airboat ride!), but more importantly, they know how and when to cut off the engines and drift toward a gator to get a closer look!