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Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour

  • 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
Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour
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Two hour mangrove tunnel and manatee dolphin sighting tour in beautiful Sarasota Bay on Lido Key led by a trained and experience guide.
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Two hour mangrove tunnel and manatee dolphin sighting tour in beautiful Sarasota Bay on Lido Key led by a trained and experience guide.
Florida's mangrove forests form shady canals and tunnels that are ideal for kayaks, and the maneuverable craft of kayaking allows you to go where larger boats can't. This guided, small-group tour explores the Sarasota Bay while searching for manatees and dolphins, and then goes deep into the mangroves to spot even more native plants and wildlife. With a kayak guide to lead the way, you can also learn paddling techniques that come in handy.
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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1 - 5 of 68 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
just great

loved the mangroves! first timer and it was so enjoyable. i liked being able to go where i wanted and at the pace i wanted. i will def do it again next year

Thank BeccaMancini
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome experience with an awesome guide.

We have been kayaking many times but had never seen the Mangroves or a live Manatee. Mark was an awesome guide and a Sarasota native that knows anything you can ask about the area. Having that huge Manatee swim directly under the kayak was awesome.

Thank Flattop25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful time!!

The guides were knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Got to see a manatee and the mangrove tunnels were very cool.

1  Thank kristi w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
This was an awesome time, we loved it

I had never kayaked before, but this was awesome. Our guide Chris was very patient. He took us all over, we saw manatees, many birds, little tree crabs. He showed us so much and new about everything we saw.The mangroves are amazingly beautiful. I would...More

5  Thank cherrycash
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mangrove Tunnel Ecotour

Chris was an exceptional guide! We had a fantastic time paddling around Sarasota Bay and the tunnels. This was our first time kayaking and we had the BEST time! Thanks, Chris!

1  Thank Christie E
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Annette M
31 July 2018|
Response from sdolby-Capeless | Reviewed this property |
Rain but other than that you should be fine.
3 July 2018|
Response from Tom M |
July is a great time for manatees, although there's never a guarantee....dolphins show up whenever they want all year long. We usually have zero mosquitos (although we had an unusual stretch with some mosquitos last year for... More
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