Mangrove Tunnels & Mudflats Kayak Tour - Local Biologist Guides

2 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 3
Mobile ticket


Join SWFL's only active local biologist guides for an adventure through the Rookery Bay Reserve at the start of the 10, 000 islands on the #1 Kayaking Tour in the USA (USAToday)! Paddle to beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats, and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphin and manatee! FREE HD PHOTOGRAPHY of you and your family exploring this beautiful area is provided on every adventure.

Single Kayaks are provided for all paddlers. For children under 12 contact us directly. Perfect for the first-time paddler and the pro. Get out and explore the calm backwaters of Southwest Florida with Naples and Marco Island's only biologist guides! Book your tour today! PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH TIME.

Additional availabilities, tandem kayaks, children's tickets (under 12), boat tours, and additional kayak tours including sunset tours are available for reservation by phone or website only. Call to reserve!


  • Single-Seater Kayak with high back seats, cup holder, and room for storage (ages 12+)
  • Low Profile Paddling Life Vests, & Dry Bags
  • REAL Local Biologist Guides with Master's Degrees
  • FREE PHOTOGRAPHY - Available for free download after your adventure
  • A real adventure with the most awesome science nerds in the land!
  • FREE Admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

What to expect

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Pass By: Rising Tide Explorers, 1295 Capri Blvd, Naples, FL 34113, USA

Enjoy the Rookery Bay Reserve by kayak with hourly rentals or on a guided kayak tour with the only biologist guides in Naples & Marco Island and the exclusive ecotour partners of the Friends of Rookery Bay in support of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve!

Stop At: Marco Island, Marco Island, Florida

We will be paddling into the Mangrove Tunnels of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve just North of Marco Island launching from the Isle of Capri Paddlecraft Park. The regions only biologist guides will help you find unique wildlife while teaching you about the ecology and history of this amazing place! Get on the water with the guides who have spent their lives studying this area and explore with a real local biologist!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031

After exploring the mangrove tunnels with the only biologist guides in Naples & Marco, visit our partners at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center and enjoy FREE ADMISSION with the purchase of your tour ticket to explore their exhibits, aquariums, art gallery, theater, and hiking trails!

Be sure to ask about becoming a member of the Friends of Rookery Bay to further support the Reserve, gain access to special programs, events, volunteer opportunities, and discounts on tours, rentals, and at the nature store!

Duration: 1 hour

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tandem kayaks & Children's tickets (under 12) are available for reservation by phone only. Call to reserve!
  • The Isle of Capri Paddlecraft Park requires a $10 Parking Pass per vehicle if you do not have a Collier County Beach Parking Sticker
  • Must be able to paddle a kayak for 2 - 3 hours
  • Weight in excess of 250lbs must call for special accommodations
  • Children under 3 are not permitted
  • Children under 12 must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult
  • If cancelled due to weather or dangerous conditions, you will be offered to reschedule or be provided with a full refund
  • Maximum group size of 12 paddlers
  • 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 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
April 2022

Great experience, very relaxing and beautiful. Rena and Helen, our guides were extremely helpful, kind, and especially knowledgeable about the area. Highly recommend the sunset tour, the bird island is very cool and the sunset lighting into the moonlight on the water is stunning.

March 2022

Had a wonderful experience on the Mangrove Tunnel and Mudflat Kayak Tour! Helen and Renee were delightful and informative (and trained biologist/master naturalist like the website says!) I like that the company contributes to Rookery Bay research and conservation. This is a real eco-tour.

April 2022

Kelly and Rachel were amazing! So knowledgeable about the area and environment, making the tour extra interesting and fun! Would recommend this tour for visitors and locals alike!

April 2022

This was an all around fantastic experience! We were able to see some native birds, fish and shellfish! The manatees made a visit too! That being said, none of that would have been possible without our amazing tour guide! Helen was incredibly knowledgeable and so personable! Though the tour is fa...

April 2022

Ryan and Garrett lead a wonderful tour through the mangroves. Ryan was super knowledgeable about all the wildlife, biology, and history of the area.

April 2022

Our guides had impressive education and safety credentials and delivered an excellent tour experience. We learned much about mangrove ecosystem processes including the effects of hurricanes on the systems. I'd highly recommend this tour, though on a windy day folks with little kayaking experience...

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