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Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Big Hickory Island Preserve, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
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Interesting, educational, and simply awesome experience!

Took my two adult kids, one of their spouses, and 2 grandkids (ages 10 and 13) for the tour, 2... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Terry S
Great wildlife viewing

Took my 3 teenage boys on the tour. It was the highlight of their trip. We saw a baby alligator... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jmeyer13
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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 4 days ago

Took my two adult kids, one of their spouses, and 2 grandkids (ages 10 and 13) for the tour, 2 people per kayak. Everyone had a great time! We had a lot of quality, up close and personal encounters with a group of at least...More

Thank Terry S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my 3 teenage boys on the tour. It was the highlight of their trip. We saw a baby alligator, several dolphins. sea turtle, Blue Heron and several Manatee. Best part was spending a half hour with a Manatee and her baby right next to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool experience. The guides let us decide where we wanted to go and see. We got to get up and close with a baby manatee and it’s Mom for 30 min. Also saw lots of dolphins. The guides made the trip super easy for...More

Thank Scott M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Erik took my fiancé and I out and it was everything we had hoped it would be! Saw at least a dozen manatees including babies. Erik was very knowledgeable and funny! #1 on TripAdvisor for a reason. Do it! You won’t regret it. Experience of...More

Thank Sarah T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came up close and personal with multiple manatees, also dolphins. Tim, the guide, had been very informative and helpful, he knew exactly where to go to find the manatees. Awesome experience that we will definitely be back for.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of the estuary and getting up close and personal with both manatees and dolphins! Our guide not only knows about everything we were experiencing but does a fantastic job educating us. He makes the whole experience fun...More

Thank Ruth D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My parents (grandma and grandpa), sister, and my kids (ages 3 and 4) all GREATLY ENJOYED our kayak trip today. Our guide was polite, professional, and extremely knowledgeable on all things Manatee and Florida marine. He was able to tailor the pace and information to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was an incredible experience! We did this tour on a rainy day in May and had three wonderful hours on the water. Tim, our guide, brought us really close to the Manatees but was highly respectful towards them. The Manatees were apparently undisturbed...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time on our excursion. We saw several manatee even, and a black fin shark! It was so cool to enjoy the trip until a storm moved in and the rain was freezing cold for that hot day lol it didn’t last...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second trip with Manatee Guides and will not be our last! I lived in Naples years ago but I learned more about the local wildlife in 3 hours with Tim than I did in the 7 years that I lived here. This...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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