My husband and I booked this tour after checking out the reviews and website. Let me tell you, I’m ecstatic we booked this one! From pick up/drop off by Logan, knowledgeable you guide, Justin, we throughly enjoyed ourselves. Five Stars for COVID safety too!!
Being bigger people, we booked directly through the website so we could book single kayaks (few dollars more). When we arrived, we found only one other couple was going on the adventure. Logan dropped them off first at the launch point, then came back to pick us up. This day was overcast with a light, steady rain, so our guide Justin wasn’t sure what we’d see. Even if we hadn’t seen any wildlife, the mangroves were with the tour!
We started with a basic kayaking tutorial, by Justin, then loading into our surprisingly comfortable and got going. Paddling a nice, slow steady state, we went through some grassy channels, seeing a lot of different birds. As we got to the mangroves, we saw a small alligator! Then came the mangrove tunnels! Beautiful and different than anything I’ve ever seen/done, meandering through the mangroves was spectacular! Most of the tour was meandering and maneuvering through the tunnels. We dumped out into a channel where we saw several gators. They stayed to themselves and away from us (although we didn’t get close to them). From there we paddled over to another cove where we saw manatees (only their noses on this overcast day), tarpon, small shark fin, and dolphins! Yes dolphins! Justin said he’s only seen them four times in the channels! They went around trying to corner some fish at the shore to feed. It was pretty spectacular! Now came the arm workout as we paddled back to the marina. Not hard at all, just steady to keep going as we were running a little behind (enjoying the dolphins). We used the boat ramp to disembark, say our goodbyes and head on our way!
Again, can’t say enough great words for this tour! We went on an airboat ride afterward which was way less fun and entertaining. If you have to choose only one, choose this! You won’t be disappointed!