Our guide, Lawrence of Arabia, took us up the Indian River at 7 a.m. Monday morning. The Indian River is the second-largest river on the island, but the largest that is navigable. The river has less traffic and more wildlife early in the morning. There was only one other boat on the river in the morning.
No engines are allowed on the river to protect the vegetation and the banks. The protection is working as just upstream of town, you are no longer in a busy harbor, but in the middle of a jungle that could be miles and miles away from civilization.
The local red-necked pigeons were quite loud. We also saw green backed herons, yellow crested herons, kingfishers, hummingbirds, among many others. On land, we saw a few land crabs, one with a huge pincher claw. In the water, we saw small and medium sized fish.