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Manatee Guides

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Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Big Hickory Island Preserve, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
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Incredible!

What an incredible experience this was! This is one of the coolest things I've done and that's... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tarin L
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My wife & I wanted a unique adventure that put us in the natural land/waterscape of Bonita... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GeoffreyDale
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What an incredible experience this was! This is one of the coolest things I've done and that's because, Tim, our guide, is so invested in making sure he provides you with a memorable and fun time. We saw sea urchins, crabs, dolphins and several manatees!...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife & I wanted a unique adventure that put us in the natural land/waterscape of Bonita Springs...Tim was more than made for this type of endeavor...With an expansive knowledge of the manatee & dolphin communities, Tim's enthusiasm for all things nature was infectious. We...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tim is great guide and naturalist, he is very informative on the bay and it’s wild life .Tim took us to a spot where there was a pod of bottle nose dolphins which swam umungst us for more than hour just awesome.He then took us...More

Thank Scott T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tim is an amazing guide. We thought we would be lucky to see one manatee, We saw a herd of them plus many dolphins, alligators sea urchin, horseshoe crab, beautiful birds one of the birds was a albino blue herring which is very very rare....More

Thank HEIDI T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wanting to immerse ourselves in the Bonita Springs/Estero Bay wildlife, we found Tim and Manatee Guides - and what an unbelievable experience. Getting on the water in the morning, Tim led us on a leisurely, informative kayak journey through open water and the tight-knit mangrove...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we arrived Tim already had most everything ready to go. He also started off with a quick eco lesson and introducing us to a large shell creature that he explained had its own defense mechanism that I won't spoil. We saw so many dolphins...More

1  Thank donquixote1966
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

We went to Florida for a valentines trip and wanted to see some local wildlife. We came across Manatee Guides because of its #1 spot on Trip Advisor. Eric and Tim had great personalities and put me and my fiance at ease =] We greatly...More

Thank Jorie C
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic trip. Tim and Eric are incredibly knowledgeable and interactive during the trip. Beautiful sites and wildlife to see. Would recommend to anyone.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Probably the best tour we have ever taken. Tim and Eric are so knowledgeable and you can feel their passion for the conservation of these amazing animals. Tim fit us in last minute and was very clear that these are wild animals so everyday is...More

Thank Catherine E
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Talk about customer service and an awesome experience!! We had this kayak trip planned a year ago and our date was cancelled due to cold, bad, rough weather. Owner Tim assured us we could re-schedule at a later date. One year later we're back in...More

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Meagan C
March 19, 2018|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hi. As long as your child can handle 3 hours outside, then there should be no problem. We have double kayaks so they can ride with an adult.
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Chayamazel
February 22, 2018|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hi there! April is a great time to take our tour. There is a very good chance that you will see Manatees for sure! :)
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susancrny
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
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