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Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures

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Address: Anna Maria Island, FL 344216
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The highlight of your Florida vacation! Kayak with wild dolphins, manatees,...

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 same after sharing a deeply engaging, unforgettable, authentic Florida experience. We keep our tours small, prices right, and our paddlers happy!

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Amazing outing

Shane and Casey were fabulous guides and taught us so much about the sea life, tides and local water information! We ranged from 10-73 and there were 12 of us! We all had an... read more

Reviewed December 29, 2016
Meg D
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Aspen, Colorado, United States
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Aspen, Colorado, United States
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12 reviews
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Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Shane and Casey were fabulous guides and taught us so much about the sea life, tides and local water information! We ranged from 10-73 and there were 12 of us! We all had an amazing time and ended with a great viewing of a Manatee!

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Tranent
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3 reviews
Reviewed December 26, 2016

From the initial email enquiry to the final farewell, Shane our tour guide and owner took us through the various options, availability and then once we had chosen our tour became our guide. Filled with knowledge and experience he responded to all our questions as if it were the first time of hearing them. As with all wildlife tours you... More 

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Reviewed December 15, 2016

I had never been kayaking but wanted to go on this tour with my brother while in Florida. I was so happy I did! We got a tandem kayak and the Shane (our guide and owner of Happy Paddler) did a great job. When you are with him it reminds you of exploring as a kid with your friends. I... More 

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Saint Germain, Wisconsin
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Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

10 of us aged 10 to 75 yrs old. Two tandem kayaks and 6 singles. Our guide Allen was fun and informative. Beautiful weather, a bit windy in the way back but we managed well. Really enjoyed the tour. Everyone had fun and so glad we did it.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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9 reviews
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Reviewed December 8, 2016

Worth every penny. Allen and Casey led a family of 4, myself in kayaks with the mot comfortable back rest I have ever used and my friend on her SUP on a wonderful trip. Their knowledge of the birds was wonderful, a dolphin swam right under my friend's SUP. Most important to me, all 4 who run this company were... More 

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Lowell, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed December 2, 2016

Shane and Allen were a wonderful choice for losing our kayaking (ahem) virginity. So knowledgeable about the area and the sport; we felt absolutely safe and informed. We plan to be back next year and now feel comfortable kayaking the river we live on in Michigan.

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Centerburg
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Reviewed November 25, 2016

We booked the tour only a couple days ahead with Shane. He was very accommodating and listened to our needs for a mixed age group of 6. We had the youngest being 10, and the oldest being 73-with terrible arthritis. Shane was there for our oldest getting on and off the kayak which was the most nerve wracking concept for... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
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Reviewed November 22, 2016

Rented kayaks for 12 people with kids from 6 to 17. We had an awesome time!! Shane set us up with everything to include maps!! We saw manatees 2 minutes into our trip and there were tons of dolphins out in the bay by the sand bar! We had a great time and would highly recommend this to anyone visiting... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed November 21, 2016

I had an amazing time on this trip! Our guide, Sophie, was so knowledgeable and friendly, I learnt so much about the sea life and mangroves on this trip. A fantastic opportunity to see dolphins and I'm always skeptical that you might not see them but we saw at least 10 and quite close too! It was really enjoyable and... More 

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near columbia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

We were inexperienced paddlers but within 5 minutes felt completely comfortable. Shane was patient and truly has a passion for sharing his knowledge and love of his home place. All ages and abilities welcomed. Shane responded to my texts and emails immediately. Words cannot describe how much fun I had. He could be called Rudy Mancke of the sea.

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