The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is a paddler’s paradise. With an abundance of picturesque spots, water trails and guided tours to choose from, it’s no wonder that it consistently is rated as a top destination for kayakers. Here are five top-notch kayak excursions that barely skim the surface.
Have you ever seen a manatee up close? These large yet gentle sea mammals love to drift up to paddlers to wave hello, especially in the cooler months. Now you can wave back on a Guided Kayak Manatee Tour. Departing from Fort Myers, expert guides take you to hidden spots, away from other boats, where groups of manatees commonly hang out.
Whether you’re visiting from Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Pine Island, you will enjoy close viewing of birds and marine life at Gulf Coast Kayak. They offer guided kayak tours and kayak & paddleboard rentals for first-time kayakers to advanced paddlers. Join the fun and explore the mangroves and back bays of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve on part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, a 190-mile marked paddling trail.
Kayaking is fun for the whole family, and while it doesn’t require any experience, it does require some equipment. Kayak Excursions in Fort Myers will have you paddling in no time with kayak rentals, lessons, fishing trips and kayak fitness classes. They will deliver your equipment, for free, to a location of your choice, or your group can meet at Bunche Beach for a guided kayaking tour in Fort Myers.
The first people known to paddle the waters in Southwest Florida were the Calusa Indians. Now you can kayak the same waters they paddled over 2,000 years ago when you embark on a Guided Kayak Eco-Tour at the Mound House. Equipment and museum admission is included and reservations are required for this popular tour exploring the natural beauty and ancient realm of the Calusa people.
Guided Kayak Nature Tours is the first of its kind in the state of Florida, and it’s perfect for paddlers hoping to spot wildlife in their native habitats. Embark on this tour to look for roseate spoonbills, osprey, dolphins and turtles – you might even see a few manatees near the mangrove islands. Beginners will enjoy this easygoing kayak tour.
Here’s a paddle that’s for the birds or, in this case, for experienced kayakers who also happen to be bird lovers. Join the Tarpon Bay Explorers for their Sunset Rookery Paddle to Rookery Islands in Tarpon Bay, an ideal spot for kayaking near Sanibel Island. Each day at sunset dozens of birds, including brown pelicans, egrets, herons and ibis, come here to roost. Watch them swirl and swoop overhead with the Southwest Florida sunset as a backdrop. It is truly an unforgettable experience.
Going with the flow is easy on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, and it’s even more fun when you’re in a kayak. Pack up your paddles and start planning your trip today.
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