This small group experience begins with a naturalist-led boat tour into the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge that surrounds Marco Island.  It is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Florida and one that few get to experience.  On any given day you may encounter a wide variety of wildlife depending on the season and the day's conditions - manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and many different species of shore birds.  Your Florida Master Naturalist guide and US Coast Guard Captain will introduce you to the area's unique ecosystems, its long history and its rich culture.  Your destination will be a remote, uninhabited island like Shell Key, Kice Island, Panther Key, Morgan Key or maybe where the Gulf of Mexico waters are claiming the Dome Houses of Cape Romano.

Once at the destination, very stable, comfortable kayaks are deployed in calm waters for a leisurely paddle.  Kayaks are quiet and work very well in the shallow waters, allowing you to get close to the flora and fauna...closer than you can in a boat or any other means.  You will not paddle far or fast.  This is a leisurely tour experience.  The kayaks are for access, not exercise!  With a bit of instruction from your guide, you will be comfortably on your way in no time.  Previous kayaking experience is not required. One and two-person kayaks are on every tour so you can paddle with your friend, partner or child.  Imagine paddling next to a manatee or a dolphin!

Conditions usually allow paddling to an uninhabited barrier island.  There your guide will lead you on an interpretive, leisurely stroll.  There is a lot to see and a lot to experience on these remote island beaches...wrack lines, shallow intertidal zones, dunes, uniquely adapted plants, mangrove swamps and many different invertebrate species.  This is a hands-on experience on a remote barrier island beach that is seldom visited by others, so the shelling on these islands can be awesome!  After the island walking tour, you will paddle back to the boat for the ride back to the dock.  Don't worry. you will be back in time for a seafood dinner at a local restaurant.  Don't forget your camera!

See Covid-19 Regulations below.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 12+):
$162.66
Child Rate
(Ages 11 and Under):
$97.17

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Tour / Activity Details

3.5 hours (with breaks)
9:00 am and 1:30 pm daily (Early January to Late December)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Maximum 12 persons per order.  Hotel pick-up not included; tour departs from Marco Island, FL (location will be specified on your E-Ticket).  Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Covid-19 Regulations

Certainly, these are challenging times. As such, these experiences have been adapted for the duration of the crisis.  Please know that:

  • All boats, kayaks and gear are washed/sanitized before each tour.
  • Hand sanitizers and hand washing stations are available to all guests. You are asked to please use them before the tour for your safety and the staff's.
  • Tours are operating under a strict "no-touch" policy, so please excuse the staff for not shaking hands.
  • Your guide will be wearing face covering and all guests are asked to do the same.
  • Most important, staff will try to conduct your tour privately so that there will be no mixing of groups; in the instances where that's not possible, appropriate distancing will be maintained throughout the tour.

 

What to Bring

  • Feel free to bring whatever you wish to eat or drink, but please adhere to the "Leave No Trace" policy. The boat will have an iced cooler for your drinks and snacks.
  • Sun protection is very important; bring hats, polarized sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Clothing should be appropriate for the season and the day's weather.
  • The transport boat is open and travels swiftly, so a light jacket is needed on most trips.
  • Please be sure to bring protective footwear that you do not mind getting wet, or even muddy.
  • Flip-flop type sandals are not appropriate.
  • Please bring at least 1 liter of water per person as hydration is very important.
  • A small "six pack" cooler with a frozen water bottle is great for your drinks and snacks.
  • Bring a camera (in a plastic zip lock bag if it is not waterproof).
  • Binoculars and field glasses are also a good idea.

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Maximum 12 persons per order.  Hotel pick-up not included; tour departs from Marco Island, FL (location will be specified on your E-Ticket).  Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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