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“Kayak Tours with a marine biologist”

Aardvark's Florida Kayak Company
Ranked #17 of 50 Tours in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
Mokena
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42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Kayak Tours with a marine biologist”
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Our party of 3 have just completed 3 kayak tours under the excellent guidance of Matt with Aarawak kayaking. He knows and shares both his knowledge of the local environment and ecology as well as his love of the outdoors, kayaking and, of course, manatees.
His equipment is top of the line and a 5+ hour tour begins with the kayaks delivered and ready to go. He will adjust and tailor each trip to meet the needs of the group and never makes you feel rushed. So, if you prefer a 2-3 hour tour, that is fine. I mention 5+ because that is what I wanted and that is hard to find. Did I alsoention that he is a very nice man?
We are planning our next trip already.

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Crystal River, Florida, United States
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Dedicated Local small Business”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is a great full service shop with a nice selection of rentals or purchase kayaks and accessories. The owners and operators are highly knowledgable and help people understand and protect the local wildlife and resources. By using this operation you will have a great, fun, safe and learning experience.... although there are a lot of kayaking and canoeing businesses in Crystal River, there are none better.

Visited September 2012
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“Kyaking and Paddleboarding in the Crystal River Area”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

The Aardvark store was the only one of three open on a Sunday in Crystal River. Sue and Matt proved to be a real find, honest about what we would see in the off season if we went on one of their trips and why we should choose them. We booked the Outback Tour, kayaking in the islands seeing manatees and river dolphins as well as many birds and flying fish. Matt's knowledge and understanding of the environment and where we would spot the animals was excellent and his approach respectful. Based on that experience we then booked the Rainbow River tour, using paddleboards, which was new experience for all of us. Sue joined Matt for this tour as it was their day off adding her experience and local knowledge. This fresh water river was a great place to paddleboard and snorkel in the early morning before the crowds arrived, seeing many fish and turtles. Matt, as a biologist and Sue's experience as a park ranger made this a great experience and having kyaked elsewhere in Florida, proved true value for money.

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“Lovely, quiet morning eco tour”
Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Our experience with Aardvark was a win from the start. We stumbled into Matt and Susan's shop on our first day in Crystal River as we walked around the shops in Heritage Shop area. They are friendly and knowledgeable. We were looking for an eco tour off the beaten path and Matt offered to take us to a park in Ozello area. We met at 8am on Sunday, drove a short 20 minutes and launched our kayaks into quiet waters. An early start is recommended if you want to avoid other boaters. We follwed 3 dolphins, saw many Muletts jump out of the water, and also caugt a glimpse of a sting- ray and Bonnet head shark.

Matt is an extremely knowledgeable professional and a true conservationalist with vast experience and knows the area well. We can't wait to come back. And we would sign up with Matt & Susan again without a doubt.

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Crystal River, Florida
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“A True Gem”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

We purchased 2 Hurricane kayaks from Matt four years ago. The shop has everything you need to set yourself up for your own kayaking adventures and boy have we had them! Best of all Matt and Sue are very pleasant and knowledgeable about equipment and the area. I've take one group trip with Matt and learned alot about the Withlacoochee River and it's wild life. Always fun at and with the Aardvark crew.

Visited July 2012
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