Manatees and Mangrove Tunnels Small Group Kayak Tour

3 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 8
Mobile ticket


Without question, this tour route is the most unique kayak tour in the area and offers guests with the greatest opportunity to spot bucket list wildlife while visiting the Everglades area. This tour launches from a permit only launch site within the 10, 000 Islands Wildlife Refuge. This route requires proper planning and expert knowledge due to the fluctuating tides. No other company is capable or willing to take the time needed for this type of planning. Guests will start their paddle through the salt marsh, a popular feeding zone for numerous long-legged wading birds and river otters. 30 minutes in guests will notice a change in habitat, transitioning into Mangroves, indicating a change in salinity and elevation. This is where you will enter one of the best Mangrove Tunnels in the county. After numerous mangrove tunnels, creeks and ponds and hopefully tons of wildlife guests will then empty out into a manatee safe zone the Faka-union Canal. Year Round expert kayak guides included!


  • Tandem Kayak (singles not available through TripAdvisor booking)
  • ACA Certified Kayak Guide
  • TripAdvisor's Cancelation Policy

What to expect


Our tours are small by design and our Manatees and Mangroves tour is the absolute best location in Collier County for spotting manatees from your kayak. Manatees are most abundant here during the colder winter months. Guests can expect to see manatees (best during colder periods), alligators, numerous bird species all while kayaking through some of the most extensive mangrove tunnels in the area. During the Winter months with colder water temperatures, the manatees congregate in large numbers in the deeper canal. The canal's deeper water does not cool down as much as the surrounding Gulf of Mexico waters. Providing the manatees with water temps above 68 degrees. We will spend around 30 minutes in the canals looking for manatees and around 2-2.5 hours in the mangrove tunnels and salt marsh habitat. This is considered a "downwinder" type tour. Guests will hop in our passenger van (WE ARE OFFERING INDIVIDUAL SHUTTLES PER HOUSEHOLD, PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY FOR THIS SERVICE) Will shuttle you 1 mile down the road allowing us to kayak back to the marina around 4 miles.

Stop At:

• Port of the Islands Marina, Naples, FL 34114
• Everglades City, Everglades City, Florida
• Everglades National Park, Everglades National Park, Florida
• Naples, Naples, Florida
• TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NWR, 3860 Tollgate Blvd Ste 300, Naples, FL 34114-5444

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We meet all guests inside the hotel lobby at 25000 Tamiami Trail East Naples, FL 34114
  • Children 13 and under must ride in a two person kayak with an adult 18 or older.
  • At certain tide levels this tour can become more difficult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
April 2023

We had wonderful tour in the mangroves, great weather and clear water! Spotted sharks, gators, manatees, crabs and numerous birds and other fish. Very happy with Ty as our guide!

April 2023

Fun family activity. Good exercise and educational. Our guide Justin is a former teacher so he gave us lots of great info about the habitat, wildlife, and area history. The teens enjoyed it as well.

April 2023

What a FABULOUS trip! Our guide, Justin was so informative, helpful and fun! We learned so much and we really felt like we were out in wildlife. You don’t see other people or civilization for 3 hours! But don’t let that spook you- the guides are so knowledgeable and you feel safe to explore and s...

April 2023

It was a fascinating adventure through the beautiful mangrove and prairie habitats. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and very patient with beginners. We saw wildlife including alligators, manatee, osprey, bull shark, and swallowtail kite, among others. Wonderful!

April 2023

My husband and I took the Manatees and Mangroves tour in early April. It is an excellent kayaking trip and I highly recommend it. Our guide Justin was knowledgable, friendly and professional. We always felt safe and learned a lot about the Florida Everglades. Highlights of this particular trip wa...

April 2023

Justin was an excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable--the teacher in him came through in flying colors. He knew the subject matter, was entertaining, and fun to be around. Length of tour was perfect.

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