We had an amazing 3 hour adventure with Kayak Excursions. Jesse, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. He gave us several options on what we focus our time on and planned, on the spot, the best route for us. Being born and raised in the area, he was very knowledgeable about the wildlife, water, and plants. We saw manatee, mangrove crabs and bald eagles (as well as tons of other birds and one raccoon!) We would have seen the mangrove crabs and the many long-legged birds with or without a guide, but we never would have seen the manatee or the bald eagles. Jesse taught my son (age 13) how to paddle board on the tourist-type kayaks. My son loved the experience. My mom (age 70), though she did not stand up on the kayak, also loved the experience! Furthermore, Kayak Excursions is based at the perfect location. Their direct access to both the Gulf and the mangrove tunnels is perfect for the tourist who has only one day to explore the area by kayak!!