Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour: Explore America's Largest Forest
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Embark on a Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour in the Everglades, America's largest forest. Explore the diverse ecosystem, encounter wildlife, and learn from a naturalist guide.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Everglades Area Tours - A mere 90-minute journey southward from Fort Myers brings you to the magnificent Florida Everglades. Embark on a 3.5-hour ecological excursion and paddle through the verdant mangrove passageways to witness the region’s rich biodiversity.

Your adventure kicks off with a concise primer on navigating your solo kayak (beginners welcome). Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll glide across the water to a slender gateway, where the mangrove tunnels stretch a canopy about 10 feet (3 meters) above. This is part of the most extensive mangrove forests on the continent!

Accompany your expert nature guide through this sprawling and diverse habitat, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as herons, egrets, ducks, spoonbills, alligators, otters, and various fish species. As you journey, your guide will share fascinating insights and information about the unique environment and its inhabitants.

What's Included
  • Professional guide
  • Kayaking equipment and safety briefing
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information

This is a splendid substitute for an airboat trip… serene, tranquil, and other-worldly. You’ll take a relaxed paddling journey accompanied by a guide well-versed in nature, providing insightful explanations of the sights you encounter. It serves as an excellent educational excursion in a unique corner of the Everglades. An expansive habitat full of diversity, the Everglades houses North America’s largest mangrove forest. Scattered across the forest are ‘lakes’ with brackish water – a combination of fresh ‘sweet’ water and sea water. These lakes serve as shelters and breeding grounds for creatures such as alligators, herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, otters and a range of fish species. They’re also home to plants like orchids and bromeliads. Certain lakes are a haven for nesting and mating birds. Tidal creeks that flow among these lakes link them together. The mangrove forest extends to the creek’s border and spans over their tops, creating a roof-like structure or a tunnel. The thick canopy maintains the moisture and humidity levels, fostering thriving life.

Location
32016 Tamiami Trail E
Tamiami Trail East
Please meet at the EVERGLADES AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE building at the intersection of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and SR 29 (Collier Blvd.); This area is also known as Carnestown. Look for your guide's vehicle on the SE corner of the intersection pulling a kayak trailer loaded with kayaks.
Cancellation Policy

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

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G2587spjiml
May 25, 2024
Up close to gators. - Very informative. Saw lots of gators, varieties of fish, and nesting Osprey. Bring plenty of bug spray for when in dense tree over-story.
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Lynnb990
Apr 6, 2024
Through the Mangroves - Easy paddle through a natural habitat few experience. Chris is an experienced and knowledgeable guide who makes learning fun. He is helpful, patient and friends with the natives! I wish we could have had more time in the preserve to experience other flora and fauna. I would, without a doubt, book with this company again but only if Chris were our guide again.
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Leah_s
Apr 6, 2024
Awesome - Great experience, lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. It was a relaxing paddle through the mangroves. My teen boys enjoyed it and we would definitely do again.
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Summitee
Apr 5, 2024
Alligators and Airplants Galore - Alligators=Super Cool. Bromeliads were awesome. We all had a good time! Educational, good and fun for kids. Carter was very helpful!
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W5907fmbrittanys
Apr 5, 2024
Fun even for teenagers - Our group of five teenagers and other family members had a great time with Chris! A beautiful trip with amazing detail on the ecosystem and habitat, plus super fun seeing alligators. Not too hot or difficult, and minimal bugs made this a highlight of our trip to Marco Island. We definitely recommend!
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F9968afeliash
Mar 20, 2024
Huge recommendation - The tour was our highlight during our trip through the Everglades. We could experience alligators, turtles and stunning birds and plants from very close. Chris, our guide was very knowledgeable and kind -he shared all his experience and passion for this special ecosystem with us. We learned a lot and every question has been answered and the time really was flying by. I only regret to have booked "just" 3 hours. Keep up the good work, Chris!
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Jim
Mar 19, 2024
Beautiful! - Friendly skilled guide took us up and down a spectacular river in the Everglades. This short trip introduced you to the magic of the Everglades. It covers a section of the Turner River before it meets salt water where you see bromeliads, orchids, cypress trees and of course alligators
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U1604hhkatiea
Mar 15, 2024
Fabulous morning touring the mangrove - We really enjoyed this tour and left feeling like we had experienced a unique and special tour. Chris was a wonderful guide. We learned a lot about the mangrove and its ecosystem, and we loved the kayaking through it all. It was a fabulous tour and we highly recommend it!
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Sylvia_l
Mar 13, 2024
A Must Do for the not so feint of heart! - The whole 3 hours was so diversified, there was something new around every bend! Our guide, Carter, was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and historical background of the area. The mangrove tunnels were beautiful to say the least, and paddling on the river was a little challenging at times, but overall, very serene and relaxing. Up close and personal with the Gators! My group of three had the best time!!!
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Pascald2325
Mar 10, 2024
River kayaking in Everglades - Our guide Chris was passionate. Spectacular environment. saw several alligators. crossed mangrove tunnel.
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