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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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What a great time for everyone.

When we arrived Tim already had most everything ready to go. He also started off with a quick eco... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
donquixote1966
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Cape Coral, Florida
Fabulous Trip!

We went to Florida for a valentines trip and wanted to see some local wildlife. We came across... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jorie C
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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 1 week 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Rowles84
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did this the end of March. Email communication was excellent. Easy to find and we got going ahead of schedule. Morning was cool and we were glad we wore long sleeves and hats. Both guides (Tim and Eric) were friendly, safety conscious, knowledgeable. You could...More

1  Thank Laura C
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Like I said, this was the greatest tour we have done. Beautiful views on the bay. Tim was very, very friendly and super informative. Saw all kinds of animals and plants. Planning on doing the again next time we're in SW Florida. I would recommend...More

Thank Jerry K
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

We had a group of 8 going from Marco Island. We kayak a lot and this was a guided tour. We paid $70 for a couple hours. It was FANTASTIC!!! Our two guides were amazing. Tim and Eric were incredible and beyond knowledgeable. Eric had...More

Thank Ruth J
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Reviewed February 21, 2018

This was a wonderful kayak experience. We had a beautiful day, and a 3 hour trip with a very knowledgeable guide! We did see dolphin, pelicans, jumping fish and many other birds, but sadly no manatee for this trip. It is early in the season...More

1  Thank Carol Y
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

Tim and Erik guided us on a wonderful 3 hour kayak tour of Estero Bay. It was entertaining, educational and filled with lots of dolphins and wildlife. They adapted to the varying skill levels of the group and continually made sure everyone was doing well....More

2  Thank JodyK2010
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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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