We booked this tour after a cruise from Miami. Drove straight out to the Tourist Center to meet up with Tod. We arrived early for our 2pm meet time. Four of us (2 couples) followed him to the kayak launch point just a little way up the road. Tod puts you in the kayak and sends you off - we did tandems. The 3.5 hours went by so fast. If you are worried at all that this will be exerting - don't! It's nothing at all. Could have easily done another tour back to back. It's a slow tour through the mangroves and you will see some amazing animals. We saw gators, egrets, blue heron, kingfishers, beetles, mullets jumping up out of the water over and over, and even a turtle. It was a pretty awesome view with the water acting as a mirror over the mangroves - it looked like a whole other world beneath us - something surreal. You just wanted to stop and drink it all in. And the water is very shallow - only about 2 feet deep in some areas. When we started getting bit, Tod had bug spray for us. We stopped and he fed us oranges and chocolate and had water - if you needed it.
At one point my husband spotted something lying beneath the water on the canal floor. Curious, we went back to get it and pulled up a hat! When we caught up to Tod - showed him what we had found. Guess what? It was HIS hat! He said he had lost it a few weeks back and had been looking all over for it. So that was pretty cool! We forgot to get a picture though! (so Tod - if you are reading this - you need to send or post a pic of yourself with the lost hat!) We rode with it laying on the back of our kayak the whole trip - I'll post a pic if I can find a good one. Anyway, we definitely thought this tour was the highlight of our trip and will definitely book another with Tod when we get back to this area.
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