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Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour

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Now celebrating our 10th Year, Come along on one of Sarasota's most popular outdoor activities, a guided eco-tour by kayak, which introduces you to these Florida waters from a new perspective and gives you the chance to spot dolphins and other wildlife. Paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, bays, and estuaries with an adventurous guide, a professionally trained local with extensive knowledge of the Sarasota environment. With a mantra of 'no worries, have fun,' this tour is a relaxing and educational way to spend a morning or afternoon on the coast. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Follow mangrove tunnels one of the only ways you can—in a kayak
  • Get a chance to see manatees and dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Learn the basics of paddling technique from your guide
  • A fun, active way to get out on the water during vacation
What to Expect
Make your way to a central location in Sarasota that's near Lido Beach, and start by getting fitted with a kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device. Good for kayakers of all skill levels, this boat trip starts with a briefing on paddling techniques and safety. It also uses kayaks that are easy to steer and quite stable, great for the calm waters of the bay. After launching the kayaks, paddle around the bay, and search for manatees and dolphins, wildlife native to the Florida coast. Next, duck underneath the mangrove canopy, where trees thrive in the salty coastal water, providing habitat for a wide range of animals and smaller plants. This kayak tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Departure Point
Ted Sperling Nature Park and mangrove tunnels, 259-201 Taft Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
2h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of a single kayak or call for a tandem
  • Local guide
  • USCG-approved life jacket
  • Safety briefing
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bottle of water
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult in a tandem kayak
  • For groups of two or more, if you prefer tandem (2-person) kayaks instead of single kayaks, please call the local tour operator after booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We are locals but have never taken a kayak trip. I highly recommend this activity. Mattie was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable about the environment and our local wildlife. We saw manatee and other marine life. We would definitely do this again.
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Our guide Mattie was great! So much fun! We saw 5 manatee, including 2 babies. Mattie was so knowledgable and helpful!
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I've seen manatees before, but this time they actually grazed my kayak, super cool! Only quirk would be that the foot braces and back adjustment straps in my kayak were not working. Other than that, fantastic tour!
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The Mangroves themselves are beautiful, BUT if you have never done kayaking, then this should NOT be the learning ground. By the time you learn to use the paddles and navigate, avoid bumping into the mangroves, you CANNOT even appreciate or enjoy the eco system.
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We had an awesome experience with our tour guide Mattie. She was VERY knowledgeable and made time for our questions. She was patient and kind and made sure we had the best possible experience. Next time we are in the area we will definitely ask for Mattie!!! ❤️
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