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Discovery Kayak Tours

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Ocala, FL, USA
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About Discovery Kayak Tours
We are a full service guide and Florida kayak tour and rental company, based in the Ocala, FL area. We pride ourselves on the best customer service and kayak experience available. We want to help you get out and experience a day like no other. So,come see the "Real Florida". Check our schedule on the website and make a reservation today! Hurry we fill up fast.
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christinaf982 wrote a review May 2022
Orlando, Florida46 contributions25 helpful votes
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Wonderful rental for exploring silver springs. Great communication and easy way to experience kayaking beautiful springs. Will definitely use them again.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Shari wrote a review Apr 2022
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The most relaxing day floating (and paddling a little) downstream to return shuttle. So refreshing to see such unspoiled and 'litterless' Florida. We saw many manatees, baby wood ducks, turtles, and alligators-but no monkeys, so we'll have to return! Highly recommend-they made this an easy getaway.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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jimch22 wrote a review Jan 2022
Port Washington, Wisconsin5 contributions
There were 13-15 active manatees at Salt Spring run today! I have done quite a few Manatee tours, but this day was really special. ​We could see the Manatees grouping and swimming around right away. Ryan pointed out a Manatee calf. It was gorgeous. 3-4' long. It was under water a foot or so, looking right up at me with all the wonder of a child. There were sights of Old Florida all along the way - no condos or houses! We were the only kayakers on the water. The day started out cold. So, I had a sweater, a life jacket and wind breaker and I was very comfortable. Life jackets are foam and hold heat very well. I did not even get my feet wet because Ryan Toler, the guide and the owner of the company, had me sit in the kayak on shore Then he pushed my kayak afloat. After the paddle he pulled me back on shore. I really enjoyed myself, and Ryan could identify and talk about anything I asked about.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Hannah M wrote a review Dec 2021
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I booked a kayak last minute night before to go down Silver Springs and the next morning I was met by Ryan, the owner of the company. He provided with an awesome kayak that I want to purchase one just like it and gave me some tips and advice about the trip. It was a bucket lists day for me! I had hopes of seeing manatees and alligators on my trip and boy did I! I saw 5 manatees, 6 gators, the famous Silver Springs monkeys, a river otter and countless fish, turtles and birds. This was the best paddle of my life even though it started raining toward the end. I am glad I booked this option as the guided tours I was looking into were far more expensive. With this option I had a chance to go at my own pace and explore the paradise of Silver Springs river for myself. I definitely recommend this option if you are comfortable in a kayak. Even though I went out solo there were enough other people on the river at certain times that I never once felt unsafe or scared. Ryan basically did all the work of transporting the kayak to and from the water and providing a shuttle back to my car at the end! Excellent service, equipment and experience!!! 10/10 would do this again and again!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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runner24 wrote a review Aug 2021
Orlando, Florida1163 contributions537 helpful votes
We booked two kayaks, online, for a Saturday morning run. It’s a busy time for this company but they were agreeable, helpful, and approachable if you had any questions. I was with a friend and we’re both in good shape, but at 68 and 69, we were concerned about ingress and egress. No worries, we were helped into and out of the kayaks at launch, and once we reached the Wayside Park where they will meet you and drive you back to the parking lot. I know they offer tours, but I honestly didn’t see anybody using this option. We shoved off from the launch area, paddled downriver, and were picked up at Wayside. Apparently, some people weren’t going all the way to the pickup. They appeared to stay near the launch area and headed over to the Silver Springs park or paddled around a couple of islands in the launch area. We loved the crystal clear water and viewing all the fish below. We didn’t see any monkeys or Manatees but did see plenty of turtles, wading birds, and the obligatory alligators. Serene. ISSUE: This has nothing to do with Discovery as they were great. The problem is taking this trip on a weekend. About halfway down the river to the pickup point, we started encountering motorboats. At first, just a few. But soon after seeing the first boat, it turned into a boat parade. All types of boats, Smoky exhausts, even Jet Skis. The first group of Jet Skis were playing LOUD country music but were soon followed by more Jet Skis paying LOUD hard rock. We had so many power boats coming upriver, that, at times, all the kayakers had to move over to the side of the river for the boats to pass. One result of this clown parade is any wildlife in hearing distance was long gone. Why they allow this to happen is beyond explanation. I say paddles only. My suggestion is to schedule this trip during the week as most of these boaters will be at work.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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