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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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10am Departure
Two hour mangrove tunnel and manatee dolphin sighting tour in beautiful Sarasota Bay on Lido Key led by a trained and experience guide.
1:30pm Departure
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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Reviewed 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Cosgrove “Mangrove”

If I was able to give six stars I would. We went out today in extreme heat and very high tide. Laurel was EXCEPTIONAL!!! From Her patience (with us beginners) to her knowledge, wisdom and passion for the surroundings was very impressive. They way she...More

1  Thank 2BenAnnas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great Time!

Chris was great and very informative! Relaxing time on the water. Will definitely do it again soon!!

1  Thank Michael D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A great wildlife tour

We had a great time Kayaking in Sarasota Bay. Within 10 minutes we saw Dolphins and Manatees. It was lovely paddling through the Mangroves. Chris was a great guide and explained everything to us very clearly and he pointed out all the wildlife large and...More

Thank JulesMcT
Reviewed 16 June 2018

This kayaking tour was great! Our tour guide, Orlando, was very nice and made the tour a lot of fun! The mangroves were super cool and we also saw some dolphins. I love the black ducks that swim underneath the kayaks :) Highly recommend!

1  Thank rooskyroo21
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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
Margot C
2 July 2018|
Response from alicem641 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is very safe
27 June 2018|
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Response from accountant419 | Reviewed this property |
There were no alligators. We saw a lot of crabs and birds. We did not see any manatee. We did see manatee on our shelling expedition.
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