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Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Big Hickory Island Preserve, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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What a fun experience this was! Tim and Eric provided tons of interesting education and anecdotes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bonita Springs, Florida
Manatee Kayak Tour

Tim, The Manatee Whisperer, was most professional and informative. As an award winning Naturalist... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Manatee Guides is a mobile kayak company leaving from more than one location in Lee county. Please check our website for directions to current launch location. Spend the day with a Florida Master Naturalist on a unique kayak tour. Our tours will take you to common wildlife gathering areas for a Manatee, Dolphin or Birding experience. Affordable, fun and good exercise. Come enjoy a fabulous day on the water with Manatee Guides.
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Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Big Hickory Island Preserve, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fun experience this was! Tim and Eric provided tons of interesting education and anecdotes about not just manatees, but about the plethora of other widelife we saw on our tour. We saw lots of manatees, dolphins and birds. No need to be super...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tim, The Manatee Whisperer, was most professional and informative. As an award winning Naturalist, we had an upfront and personal visit with the manatees. From Arizona and first time kayakers, we had an incredible experience on the water for over 3 hours! Birds of all...More

Thank Paula K
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

You couldn't ask for better guides than Tim & Eric! They were knowledgeable and friendly. We had an amazing trip and saw multiple manatee and several pods of dolphins. Even though we were not experienced kayakers we were able to maneuver with the group in...More

Thank Alisha S
Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

First time to the SW FL area so wanted to find something unique to do and we hit the jackpot with this tour. We had manatees right up to our kayak, rolling over & putting on a 'show' for us. We also got really up...More

1  Thank mandie F
Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

My wife signed us up for a guided manatee kayak tour and all I thought was we'd get some decent exercise. But we were fortunate and saw the animals about 10 minutes after we started. One manatee hung with us for almost an hour. She...More

1  Thank Brent P
Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

Tim is a phenomenal tour guide, well spoken and knowledgeable. The manatees were plentiful and we had a great experience. We have done several of these and this was by far the most enjoyable, yet informational at the same time. Highly highly recommend this to...More

Thank JeremyTK
Reviewed August 25, 2017

Our guide, Tim, IS THE MANATEE WHISPERER!!! We went on our adventure on 8/23/17. It only took Tim 15 minutes to locate an aggregation of manatees, when other tour groups make no guarantee of spotting them at all. Tim also spotted a pod of dolphins...More

Thank Mark J
Reviewed August 24, 2017

Beautiful weather and playful manatee and dolphins made this a day I will never forget. Seeing these beautiful animals in their natural environment was amazing. It seemed like they wanted to see us as much as we wanted to see them. Thanks Tim for making...More

Thank Crystal_Suksi
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Our kayak tour, from 8-11 AM on 7 August, was fantastic! Eric led our group of 11 while Tim went ahead of the group, first searching for manatees and then for small estuarine animals. Tim found manatees quickly, after perhaps 25 to 35 minutes on...More

Thank 32philipc
Reviewed July 30, 2017

We chose to go on the Kayak tour with Tim Martell of Manatee Guides after reading the TripAdvisor reviews. We weren't let down at all. I've been on a number of kayak outings in the past and Time by far, tops the list. He has...More

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June 23, 2017|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Most days, this excursion is leisurely to moderately active. We routinely cover several miles during the tour which is 3 hours in duration. The difficulty of the tour largely depends on wind... More
Jessica K
May 31, 2017|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hello :) We can take a 4 year old in a double kayak with an adult. We have a per person rate. You should be sure the child can handle 3 hours in the sun. Your chances at seeing Manatee and Dolphins are very good at the end... More
March 25, 2017|
Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
We are doing our tours at the Gulf now and seeing the Manatees there! Yes, there is a charge for every person on the tour but ask about a discount for the kids! :)