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Captiva Kayak Company & Wildside Adventures

11401 Andy Rosse Lane (Bayside) at McCarthy's Marina, Captiva Island, FL 33924
239-395-2925
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Ranked #11 of 20 Activities in Captiva Island
Type: Tours
Traveler Description: Started back in 1987, Captiva Kayak Company & Wildside Adventures provide kayak services in the Sanibel-Captiva area giving visitors an... more »
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Had such a great time doing the Buck Thorn trail. Truly beautiful, once in a lifetime experience. Very helpful staff, great value for the money! Don't let lack of experience or being a beginner, or having never kayaked before stop you. Really ...really, recommend this to anyone staying on Sanibel, or Captiva! Don't second-guess yourself, just do this trip.!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My husband and I are inexperienced at kyaking, but we learned a lot about technique and were fitted comfortably into a tandem kyak. Such great attention was given to us by Barb and her coworker. Any nervous trepidation that I had quickly evaporated. We were sprayed with cool water so that we would not be hot kyaking and we were... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I kayak often in the area and this should be a wonderful, beautiful and exciting experience. But here, the equipment is poor, convenience is awful and customer service is below acceptable. There are wonderful places all around this area which will provide a wonderful experience. Avoid the disappointment, have a good time - go elsewhere.

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Naperville, Illinois, USA
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We spent Easter vacation week in Captiva and kayaked 4 times with Captiva Kayak. The service, equipment and location are fabulous. Barb and Greg's friendly, knowledgeable style welcomes beginners or experienced paddlers. We highly recommend their rental and guide services, and we'll be back. About the location. Captiva is an island on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, with... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We really appreciated the time that Barb took to explain kayaking to us. In addition, it was so nice when we came back that she spent another 15 minutes teaching our kids about the ocean. She really perked their curiosity. We had a great time on the water. Saw manatees, dolphins, and tree crabs (not sure if this is the... More

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Lake City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

They did an excellent job outfitting the kayak for each individual person and were very patient with the inexperienced, which was our whole group. Two hours was just enough, not too long and not too short. We took the tour and learned a lot about our surroundings.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We just did the sunset/moonlight cruise with Greg, a naturalist and an owner of this company. We were surprised and delighted by the quality of the equipment and by the kayaking instruction that Barb, Greg's wife and co-owner provided. No rental company has ever offered us this kind of attention. We became far better kayakers than we had been. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We went there and rented a a double kayak and a single kayak. The equipment was in very good condition.The crew were very friendly and explained us how to handle the kayaks in a quick, yet very clear way. They also told us a lot about the fauna and flora and what we should expect to see and how to... More

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We took guided tour with Greg, owner who has extensive knowledge of history, environment and wildlife. Glad that we opted for the guided tour because of this. You can also go out on your own and is easy enough to do and enjoy the Buck Key Kayaking Trail. We highly recommend this business to anyone who wants to go kayaking... More

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Captiva Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Regular activity for our family when visiting Captiva. Staff is helpful in teaching newbies. Equipment is always clean and in good repair. Located in Captiva Village on the bay. All day parking is available at McCarthy's Marina for reasonable rate, so you can enjoy Captiva before or after your adventure. The Calusa waterway trail passes right by, located halfway be... More

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