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Manatee Guides

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Address: Estero Bay, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
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+1 239-247-4955

Manatee Guides is a mobile kayak company leaving from more than one...

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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Tim's knowledge as a guide made this excursion unforgettable!

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chris C
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 pull us along. That really eased our minds. He brought us close up to a... More 

Thank Chris C
Alpena, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the family on this kayak manatee trip. Our guides were Tim and Eric. Both very knowledgeable. They got us on Manatees right off. Amazing experience. Kayaks are definitely the way to view them... you're right at their level. They can't promise Manatees every time but we got to see several. Dolphins too, tons of birds. Great time. Most of... More 

Thank Daveo196110
Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I bought the manatee kayaking tour as a wedding gift for my brother and his fiancé. We had a fabulous morning on estero bay with Tim. We saw 10-15 manatees within 5 minutes of getting into the bay. Tim loves what he does and is passionate about sharing his knowledge. We also saw dolphins, horseshoe crabs, a rosy spoonbill, and... More 

Thank amg10
Naples, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son came to visit and I wanted to have an outing with him. He does not like to be put into unknown situations. Before we left he asked if we really needed to spend 3 hours on the kayak.. I said anytime he wanted to go back we could..Well we arrived and met Tim and off to see all... More 

Thank mrscassidy2017
El Cajon, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so looking forward to seeing the Manatees in their natural habitat, and Tim did not disappoint. We were able to see many of them and took multiple photos. Thanks again for the great morning.

Thank cbjungman
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Eric and Tim gave us a gorgeous morning paddle. Eric is knowledgeable and interesting, and we had a fabulous dolphin interaction. No manatees but not for trying, even though it's late in the season Tim was always on the lookout. Can't say enough about our beautiful morning paddle with two smart, funny, guys who are passionate and devoted about and... More 

Thank Barbara J
New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see manatees, but we did see several dolphins and especially enjoyed the ones playing in some boat's wake. Our guide was super knowledgeable and kept looking hard for them. It was my first trip in a kayak and I really enjoyed it and would do it again.

Thank Nancyjjj-953
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Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

we saw lots of manatees and we got really close to them. it was a very fun experience!! highly suggest going! defiantly will go again next time we're in this area:))

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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed March 28, 2017

Manatee Guides completely exceeded my expectations. A wonderful experience that I am proud to say we did.

Thank John B
Oradell, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 27, 2017

Tim is the guide and he is very knowledgeable and really looks out for your safety and enjoyment! Really a great time, will book again for sure!

Thank CPCP1900

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