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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...more
Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Estero Bay, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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All reviews orange river estero bay tim martell kayak tour master naturalist guide tim manatee experience knowledgeable guides these guys horseshoe crabs an amazing experience once in a lifetime highly recommend this tour fort myers local wildlife interesting facts would recommend this to anyone
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

I have done this tour twice. Tim (the guide) makes it perfect. He was able to answer all of our questions. We saw Manatee and dolphin both times. It is such a wonderful experience to have them come up right next to your kayak. If...More

Date of experience: July 2011
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MasterNaturalist, Owner at Manatee Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2011

It sure was a good time. That dolphin was so cool. Thank you for being wonderful company! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 16, 2011

I booked this kayak trip for me and my sister during a Girls Weekend trip to Ft Myers. At the last minute the rest of the girls in the group changed their minds and wanted to come on the kayak trip. Tim was so accommodating...More

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Reviewed July 16, 2011

Five of my friends and I went on this kayak tour and we LOVED it! The manatees came right up to our kayaks! They swam all around us allowing us to get GREAT PICTURES! We also saw dolphins. Tim, our guide, is extremely knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: July 2011
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

My husband and I had a wonderful time kayaking in the Lovers Key area. We enjoyed seeing all the manatees up close and personal but it was an exceptional treat to be "spy hopped" by a dolphin. The dolphins and manatees come up so close...More

Date of experience: July 2011
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MasterNaturalist, Owner at Manatee Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2011

The best part of being a nature guide is seeing the expression on people's faces when they encounter their first Manatee or Dolphin. It was very enjoyable to watch you soak in the moment while being spyhopped by a curious Dolphin. A truly enjoyable day...More

Reviewed June 26, 2011

The four of us had a great time relaxing while learning about and almost touching the Estero Bay wildlife - from a professional naturalist. Fun while learning while relaxing - a perfect way to spend a few hours. We will return with our three Chicago...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

At first I wasn't sure I wanted to go since I have never kayaked before, but I am so glad I did. Tim did a really great job. We saw lots of manatees and dolphins and other wildlife. I couldn't have for a better time....More

Date of experience: June 2011
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MasterNaturalist, Owner at Manatee Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2011

Delighted that you enjoyed yourself. Kayaking is alot of fun isn't it? Especially when you do it with the Manatees and Dolphins. Looking forward to seeing you next year!

Reviewed June 8, 2011

Although a Florida native, I never get tired of seeing and learning more about the wildlife that is unique to Florida, and all that our wonderful state has to offer. I booked the Manatee and Dolphin kayak tour for myself and three girlfriends ... what...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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MasterNaturalist, Owner at Manatee Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2011

Hello ladies! Thank You for a wonderful day out on the water. We certainly hit the jackpot didn't we? It was a pleasure to spend the day with you. Come back soon and play!

Reviewed June 7, 2011

Although we are novice kayakers, Tim Martell, with his casual, friendly manner, answered all our questions, including the ones we hadn't thought to ask yet! We were able to get fairly close to many manatees, dolphins, and even a couple of sharks. We were very...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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naturalistnut, Owner at Manatee Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2011

....and you were outstanding guests! It certainly was a fantastic day on the water! Come back soon for more fun!

Reviewed June 7, 2011

We met Tim Martell, Florida Master Naturalist Guide, and "safe kayakking" expert at 7.45. We are not master kayakkers, we are two older women and one older man. Tim took care to instruct us and safeguard us throughout our 3 hour tour; whilst at the...More

Date of experience: June 2011
naturalistnut, Owner at Manatee Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2011

It certainly was great fun! You all were a pleasure to guide through Estero Bay. A day full of laughter, Manatees and Dolphins!

Reviewed June 6, 2011

What a peaceful and beautiful trip. It was my and my childrens first time in a kayak. Tim made us feel very safe. We saw a dolphin with babies and paddled right beside them. I never thought we would be able to be so close...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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March 31, 2019|
Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hello, you can book a tour and see availability through our website at manatee guides or feel free to give me a call at 239-247-4955 if you would like me to help you with a booking. We have enough availability to get you... More
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hello We see Manatee all year around. Your chances of seeing Manatee are very good but can't be guaranteed. That being said …. we have a success rate of about 97%. If we can't find Manatee …. no one can.
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To Tim mater naturalist. Thank you Tim for your answer and it’s very helpful. Will definitely be booking with you. Sorry by error I press the thumbs down and could not change it. It should be thumbs up. Thanks