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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip was fun but not exceptional. Saw no dolphin or mamnatee. Trip Advisor does not tell you who you are booked with. So it is very infuriating trying to figure out which of the six vendors you have hired to take you out. This...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was an awesome time! Saw several manatees and was perfect weather. Our tour guide alex was fantastic.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank ag12345632
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mark - our guide - was great. All of us had a great time. It was also a nice workout getting out on the water. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Rob A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time kayaking with this crew. Be prepared to work when you get the mangroves. But it’s a beautiful site and a fun time!

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Jourdan10
Reviewed 14 August 2019 via mobile

The outing should have been wonderful, however I believe that our tour group had too many people. I’ll come back to that. The tour guide was great. She took us through 2 mangrove tunnels. The experience is very unique and well worth doing. After the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Bo S
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9 September 2019|
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Response from C P | Reviewed this property |
An unpleasant experience. I would not recommend.
stephen s
1 June 2019|
Response from mitchell315 |
How deep is the water?
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