Indian River Kayak Tour: Manatee, Dolphin Viewing
4.9
41 Ratings
Merritt Island
Experience the beauty of the Indian River on a kayak or paddleboard tour with Cocoa Kayaking. See manatees, dolphins, horseshoe crabs, and more! Book now!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Florida A1A & The Bee Line - If you are looking for Wildlife and a gorgeous views, Look No Further! Paddle amongst amazing views of Bottlenose Dolphins, Floridian Birds, Comb Jellies and Florida’s famous West Indian Manatees!

*Manatee Mating Season: March - August!

  • Best time to paddle amongst wildlife: 9:00 am and 12:00 pm tours!

*Call or email after booking to reserve a confirmation with waiver links!

*Photos included! (Photos emailed/texted up to 48 hours after guided tour.)

*Cell phone/wallet dry bags available upon arrival.

*Life jackets available for 30lbs and up.

*What to bring: plenty of water, sunscreen, wide brim hat, bug spray and a towel. Bare feet is required when kayaking in clear bottom kayaks. No shoes allowed on clear bottom kayaks due to material at bottom of kayak. Bathrooms are available at this location!

*Signing of waivers will be required upon arrival in order to enter the waterway if no waivers are signe prior to arrival.

*Free Parking.

CALL PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR FOR DETAILED DIRECTIONS OR EMAILED DIRECTIONS IF NEEDED.

(Wildlife not guaranteed due to paddling in their natural habitat.)

What's Included
  • Included kayak equipment: kayak, lifejacket, paddle, and dry bags.
What's Not Included
  • Bottled water
Additional Information

Join Cocoa Kayaking for a fun-filled kayak or paddleboard experience on the Indian River! Enjoy wildlife spotting as you encounter the likes of Manatees, Dolphins, Horseshoecrabs, Comb Jellies and a variety stunning Floridian Birds! Be sure to visit during the Manatee season from March through October.

Venture out into the beautiful Florida waterway of the Indian River to disconnect and explore!

*Manatee Breeding Season: March - August.

*Weight limit: Kayak can support up to 400 lbs for both single and tandem. Paddleboard limit is 280 lbs.

*Prime Wildlife watching: 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM tours.

*Duration of Tour: One and a half hours, with a short briefing before the start.

*Free Photos! Photos will be sent via email or text within 48 hours post guided tour.

*Maximum capacity: Our tours are small and intimate, ensuring you a group size of no more than 12 people!

*Rest assured, we provide cell phone dry boxes and dry bags upon your arrival.

*Life vests provided for those weighing 30 lbs or more.

(*Don’t forget to bring with you: adequate water, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, bug repellent and a towel. We advise against wearing shoes in our clear bottom kayaks. Restroom facilities are accessible at this venue.)

PLEASE CALL BEFOREHAND FOR DETAILED DIRECTIONS AND TO COMPLETE THE WAIVER PRIOR TO THE GUIDED TOUR.

Location
Kiwanis Park
Kiwanis Island Park Road
CALL PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR IF NEEDED FOR ASSISTANCE WITH DIRECTIONS OR HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE TO KIWANIS ISLAND LAUNCH SITE.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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(41 Ratings)
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R5282somelissaj
May 25, 2024
Excellent time - Jeff was great! Saw lots of wildlife (birds, manatees and dolphins) definitely coming back ❤️ 10/10 book for longer than an hour is only thing!
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Camper549054
May 22, 2024
Our second time - This was my second time with them. I did a tour with them in February and now in May. Both times were great. We had Logan in February as our guide and this time Charis. Charis was awesome. She described the eco system there. We saw a lot of manatee while in mating season. I actually found a sea horse in channel and Charis said that was rare. We saw dolphins, fish, sting rays, horseshoe crabs, and many other things. Great relaxing 2 hour kayak tour. This tour group is awesome and some proceeds go to help an orphanage. Great company and staff. Highly recommended. Next time I am here I will do it again. Well worth it. Thanks Charis for a great day.
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129josephy
May 17, 2024
Indian River Self Guided Kayak Tour - My Brother and I were staying on Merritt Island visiting some family from Oregon. Jeff met us off of the 528 with kayaks to put into the Indian River for a self guided kayak tour. I have rented many kayaks/boats before. Most of the companies give you some safety tips and let you go. Jeff not only gave us the run down of our boats, but he also taught talking about the local flora and many of the different species in the area. He let us know about great areas to paddle around to look at different wildlife and sights to see. I was very impressed by his knowledge of the area and his friendliness to help with whatever needs we had or questions we asked! I have and will highly recommend Cocoa kayaking and Jeff to anybody!! He also took some great photos too!
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Lafiorillo
Apr 9, 2024
Great time - My family went kayaking with Captain Michael last week and we had the best time! We saw dolphins and even a manatee in the distance. Michael was great! He told us lots about the area, and was great at spotting wildlife. He even took pictures for us and shared them in google. So glad we booked with Cocoa Kayaking and had Captain Michael as our guide.
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Tetreabe
Apr 7, 2024
Birds everywhere - We took a small one hour self guided tour from the Indian River launch area. Jeff was an amazing host directing us to the right spots (manatee, birds, …). Really liked going around the bird island. Amazing! Next time we will take a longer outing.
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799jiel
Mar 26, 2024
Great experience! - Our experience with cocoa kayaking is great! Our cruise stopped in the port for half day. I booked the wrong one (wrong site) online at the beginning, they rebooked the right one for me directly while I called them. Our guide Captain Michael is awesome! He showed us the comb jelly, the dolphin. My 5 years old boy was very excited with what he found! Really a great experience!
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Madison_n
Mar 19, 2024
Fun and relaxing - Saw a group of dolphins hunting ! Michael was a great tour guide taught us a lot about the area , wildlife , and plant life !
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Rachele_h
Mar 15, 2024
Spring Break '24 - Mike went above and beyond making sure we saw the most we could during our adventure. Before tour he kept us entertained and made us feel relaxed. Saw a dolphin, cone jellies, blue heron and osprey along our journey.
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Bill
Feb 29, 2024
Great Tour with Mike - We had a great tour with Mike. He was incredibly pleasant and so knowledgeable about all the species of birds as well as what lurks beneath the water. Very informal relaxed pace. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
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S8535gxdawns
Feb 27, 2024
Best place to see manatees in florida. - This was a great experience. Jeff, met us with the kayaks ready to go. He was very knowledgeable about the local eco system and knew where the good spots to see manatees and dolphins were.
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