Mangrove Tunnels Kayak Tour: Biologist-Led Adventure
697 Ratings
Join SWFL's only active local biologist guides for an adventure through the Rookery Bay Reserve on the #1 Kayaking Tour in the USA. Explore mangrove tunnels, mudflats, and oyster reefs while spotting wildlife. Book your tour today!
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Rising Tide Explorers - 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!
  • Marco Island - 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!
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - 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!

What's Included
  • Guided by REAL Local Biologists with Master’s Degrees
  • Single-Seater Kayak with high back seats and storage space (ages 12+)
  • Complimentary Admission to Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
  • FREE High-Quality Adventure Photography Download
  • Equipped with Low Profile Paddling Life Vests & Dry Bags
  • Exciting adventure with the most awesome science nerds
What's Not Included
  • Water is not included. Please bring plenty of water to drink
  • Sunscreen
  • Proper Clothing & Footwear - Flip flops are okay, but not ideal
  • For children under 12 or tandem kayak requests, please contact us directly
  • Cash for Gratuity - Gratuity is customary and much appreciated by our hard working biologist guides
  • Parking fees
Additional Information

Join the exclusive local biologist guides from SWFL for a thrilling journey through the Rookery Bay Reserve at the onset of the 10,000 islands, on the Kayaking Tour ranked #1 in the USA by USAToday! Navigate beautiful mangrove tunnels, bustling mudflats, and complex oyster reefs, all the while spotting magnificent wildlife such as sea stars, big snails, birds, dolphins and manatees! Every adventure comes with FREE HD PHOTOGRAPHY of you and your loved ones exploring this magnificent region.

We provide Single Kayaks for all participants. Children under 12 should contact us directly. This tour is perfect for both, the novice paddler as well as the seasoned kayaker. Come and traverse the tranquil backwaters of Southwest Florida with the only biologist guides from Naples and Marco Island! Secure your tour today! PLEASE BE PRESENT 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO LAUNCH TIME.

Additional slots, tandem kayaks, tickets for children (under 12), boat trips, and more kayak tours incorporating sunset tours can solely be booked through phone or our website. Reach out to us to schedule your reservation!

  • 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
1295 Capri Blvd
Capri Boulevard
The Isle of Capri Paddlecraft Park is located at the corner of Collier Blvd (951) and Capri Blvd.
Cancellation Policy

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

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Jul 18, 2024
Fantastic guided kayak tour! - Such a great trip! Our biologist guides were super friendly and knowledgeable. One went above and beyond, diving down to the mud to bring us whelks and starfish to look at! Their love of the estuary environment was clear, and infectious. Really appreciated the great photos they took and shared so we didn’t have to fumble with phones in the kayaks.
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Jun 26, 2024
Great Educational Experience - We had a great experience today with Evan and Cierra! They offered many opportunities to see wildlife by diving in the water and finding specimens for us. The guides were very knowledgeable about the mangroves and ecosystem and seemed very genuine about their love of the estuary. We highly recommend this tour and look forward to bringing our friends and family soon.
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May 25, 2024
MUST VISIT - AMAZING STAFF!!!! so fun and informative, winston and ranae were wonderful! I was happy to learn more about the federally protected lands and why the trees are so important!
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May 12, 2024
Glad we did this tour - The guides, Evan and Victoria, were well-informed, easy to understand, clearly enjoy this coastal biology. The kayaking was easy, calm, really pretty in the morning. Highly recommended.
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May 10, 2024
Mangrove kayak tours - Evan and Victoria were incredibly kind and knowledgeable of the mangrove ecosystem. They are very passionate about their job and make sure you have a great time, see and touch lots of wildlife, and respect the fact that we are not simply observers of nature but a moving part that can affect the delicate balance of life. I have a much deeper appreciation for estuaries and all they do to help keep me alive even hundreds of miles away. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Including inexperienced kayak riders!
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May 10, 2024
Mangrove Kayak Tour Journey with Passionate Guide - I had an absolutely amazing time on the Mangrove tour, and I owe it all to Julie and Madison, our fantastic guides! Their knowledge and passion for preserving these vital ecosystems truly made the journey unforgettable. Throughout the tour, Julie and Madison emphasized sustainability and conservation, which I found incredibly inspiring. Their insights into the importance of mangroves in maintaining coastal ecosystems and protecting against erosion and storm damage were eye-opening. It was clear that they were dedicated to preserving these invaluable natural resources for future generations. The tour itself was a perfect blend of adventure and education. Navigating through the mangroves by kayak was fun. Thanks again to Julie and Madison for an incredible experience!
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May 9, 2024
Quality Family Adventure - We took this adventure a couple of years ago and it was requested by my children to go again. It's a great educational and a relaxing quality time with family. I highly recommend this adventure!
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May 8, 2024
A great experience, definitely recommend it. - It was a great kayaking experience and got to see some sea creatures , osprey nest with a mama and a chick , that was pretty nice, the guide was pretty instructive and was very knowledgeable.
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Apr 22, 2024
It was lots of fun in addition to educational - Rory and Ray were fantastic guides. They showed us lots of fascinating creatures along the way as we leisurely paddled through the area. We were lucky enough to get out at the mudflats and stand in the water watching the eclipse! They took pictures of the paddlers and the things they found for us and distributed them to us free.
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Jul 20, 2024
Disappointing - Disappointing. We were excited to go on this kayak tour, having read the reviews. That was not our experience. We started the tour late. The first 30 minutes were spent floating in our kayaks, while the tour guide kicked around the edge of the mangroves, which seemed a waste of time, since we were going into the mangroves to explore. We were bored until we got into the mangrove tunnels, which were very coo. But, that was the tour everyone on this tour and the other tours signed up for. At one point in the mangroves, our guide left us baking in the sun for fifteen minutes while he dove around in the water. Two other tour groups came by and could not believe we were sitting there waiting for our guide to get out of the water and get us back on a tour. It seemed like he was counting down time to get us back. Our tour was not 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It was maybe 2 hours with a lot of floating the first 30 minutes. The other tours seemed to have seen more and done more in the mangroves.
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up to 3 guests
July 2024