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Make your way to a launch site near the Indian River, where you’ll meet the kayak guide for a short safety briefing. Push off into the gentle current, watching for some of the manatees that are native to Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

The tour is designed to prevent any harm to the manatees, with no touching allowed, but you’ll have plenty of time to shoot memorable photos of the slow-moving mammals. Keep an eye out for a splash or spray as the manatees come up for air, and learn about the lives and habits of Florida’s remarkable manatees before returning to shore.
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Paddle a kayak through manatee habitat on a laid-back kayaking tour of the Indian River estuary, where manatees live alongside wild dolphins and sea turtles. Traveling in a quiet, easy-to-maneuver kayak is a low-impact way to see manatees  as they swim, feed, and play in the estuary’s coves and lagoons. No previous kayaking experience is necessary.
  • Manatee kayaking tour near Orlando
  • See the scenic Indian River estuary
  • Great chance to photograph the manatees
  • Visit the manatees’ hangout spots to observe their natural behavior
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Truly memorable

We were lucky to have Sandy as our guide for this amazing experience. He was a mine of information, enthusiasm and fun. The site for the launch is not easy to find so make sure you follow the detailed instructions emailed out in advance. After...More

Thank Adam G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide Otto was great! We have five adults and an 18 month old in our group, so we took out 1 single and two double seat kayaks. We showed up early and Otto was ready for us, with boats in the water and...More

Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome Trip Thanks to Otto!

We had four folks in two kayaks (two couples). The manatees were EVERYWHERE (and so close you could pet them), and we even saw a dolphin. Otto was the highlight of the tour, even with the manatees! The area was truly beautiful and very relaxing.

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BK A, Owner at BK Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for this awesome review of the Manatee and Dolphin Tour. Otto is a great guide. We are so glad you enjoyed the beautiful Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Manatee Galore

On our trip it was my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. I was of course a little nervous as I didn't know what to expect (that's my nature). My daughter and I rode tandem and my husband rode by himself in a single kayak....More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018
Manatees, manatees, manatees!

We went out with Bailey, and he was fantastic! We knew before going out what the rules were for being in the water with the manatees. We headed out from Haulover Canal and cruised up to a little area where there were manatees everywhere! Bailey...More

Thank Heather W
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Chad S
19 June 2018|
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Response from lynette h | Reviewed this property |
Manatees enjoy warmer waters, therefore, you see the most Mantees when it is warm. If it is cold they tend to hover near the bottom.
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