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Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures

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Wonderful experience - Great Management Team

I went on the River Safari tour led by Alan in the Myakka River State Park. Happy Paddler provided... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ben F
Second time as good as the first!

Love this whole outfit. Great knowledgeable guides, top notch equipment and a fun time. Second time... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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The highlight of your Florida vacation! Kayak with wild dolphins, manatees, and alligators! We have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to get you there! We're passionate about the environment we work and play in, and we hope you will feel the...more
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Anna Maria Island, FL 34421
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I went on the River Safari tour led by Alan in the Myakka River State Park. Happy Paddler provided everything we needed: Kayaks, life jackets, dry storage containers, and even offered some snacks and waters. We had kayaked a couple times before but it had...More

1  Thank Ben F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love this whole outfit. Great knowledgeable guides, top notch equipment and a fun time. Second time we’ve been out with them and found manatees, dolphins and all sorts of fun stuff. My son is 10 and they really made an effort to include him in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the 2hr coastal tour for today and joined another group of four - Alan was our guide and very knowledgeable!! - saw loads of different birds on way out and also got to handle sea urchins plucked from the sea floor!! - went out...More

1  Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Sarasota and love the beautiful waters in our area. The north end of Longboat offers a particularly abundant sea life experience through Happy Paddler eco tours. We learned local history and saw first hand sea creatures large and small. We scheduled a...More

1  Thank Chelon R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live just south of here in Sarasota and have kayaked this area extensively. Casey and the folks at Happy Paddler provided, by far, the best experience I've ever encountered on the water here. The equipment is top notch, the facility is well appointed and...More

1  Thank will72543
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed paddling around the bay for an alternative activity from the beach. This company was very professional, on top of multiple reservations and efficient getting us on the water. The guides are very friendly and mindful of the groups various levels of kayak...More

Thank Cori R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great day kayaking. We saw lots of birds 5 or 6 manatees and dolphins at a distance. Kerry was a great guide and very informative and patient. Thank you for a great time.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Alan did a wonderful job taking us and our three kids on the three hour tour! He was relaxed but also had a great balance of communication and relaxation. Our stop at the island was sweet! The kids loved the man made water rope swing....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of seven (Mom, Dad and boys 16, 14, 12, 7 and 2) took the kayak tour this morning with Casey. We had a blast! Casey was a great guide and really looked after us (brought water and snacks for our group)... Our group...More

1  Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an experience! My wife and I had the opportunity to go on our kayaking adventure through Happy Paddler with Captain Casey at the helm. He began by being very attentive to new paddlers in our group, ensuring they were comfortable and eager to embark...More

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Pliget
May 27, 2018|
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May 27, 2018|
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Sure thing! No worries! You'll be with a guide the entire time on all of our tours. We're certified instructors and we have beginners all the time! We'll proceed at your pace and you'll see that it's pretty relaxed. You'll... More
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Mathieu M
April 30, 2018|
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Hi Mathieu! I must have had notifications turned off for messages on here. Of course, we connected on the phone and I'm very glad you found us and came out last week! We have launches up and down Anna Maria Island and... More
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