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Manatee Guides

#1 of 22 Tours in Bonita Springs Features Animals
Estero Bay, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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Kayaking with Manatees

Our kayak tour, from 8-11 AM on 7 August, was fantastic! Eric led our group of 11 while Tim went... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Beautiful Day on The Water

We chose to go on the Kayak tour with Tim Martell of Manatee Guides after reading the TripAdvisor... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Spring, Texas
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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, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank sandy19552016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a fantastic day!!!! Tim is amazing! Very knowledgible about the area and the wildlife. He made sure that we got to see the beautiful Manatee(I love all sea life,all animals really)and we got up close with a jumping Dolphin too! Tim showed us so...More

Thank crystal c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I spoke to the owner, Tim, over the phone. I had a Groupon that had expired. He offered 10% off as a courtesy. Great customer service. We met him at the launching point. We passed it initially but a quick phone call and we were...More

Thank georgiagirl09
Reviewed July 10, 2017

We would highly recommend this activity. we saw tons of wild life. It was absolutly worth it. I would do it again!

Thank Caniece
Reviewed July 6, 2017

This is the real thing. Tim clearly knows lots about nature and provide good tidbits along the way. Kayaking is the way to go. I doubt the jet ski tours could ever get that close to the animals (manatee, dolphins, many birds). Tim will show...More

Thank CaptainSen
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

This kayaking trip was great! Tim, our guide, did an excellent job tracking the manatees and educating us about them and the surrounding ecosystem. I love how passionate he is about the manatees! I learned so much about Estero Bay, manatees, and the bird populations....More

Thank emo7216
Reviewed June 30, 2017

Tim and Scott took our family on an awesome tour where we saw birds, dolphins, turtles and manatees! They shared a lot of knowledge about the wild life. The tour was enjoyable and a ton of fun! They even provided water. Would highly recommend this...More

Thank Pamela A
Reviewed June 27, 2017

First off, this tour is absolutely amazing. My girlfriend and I booked this tour the evening before, not really sure what to expect as we had little kayak experience prior to the tour. We ended up having the best day of our vacation. Tim was...More

Thank Tony D
Reviewed May 18, 2017

My husband and I were inexperienced kayakers. Our guide, Tim Martell, (also owner of ManateeGuides.com) was so patient with teaching us the fundamentals. He also assured us that if we felt we couldn't physically do the rowing, he would tie us to his kayak and...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! :)