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Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour

5 (1725)
Sarasota, US

Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour

5 (1725)
Sarasota, US
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Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Gulf Coast with the Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour. Launching from Ted Sperling Nature Park, this two-hour adventure takes you on an unforgettable journey through Little Sarasota Bay. Prepare to be amazed as you encounter manatees, dolphins, a variety of birds, and an abundance of sea life. But the highlight of the tour awaits as you enter the famous mangrove tunnels, a picturesque canopy that winds through an island. You'll feel like you're in a hidden paradise. Located just minutes from downtown Sarasota and close to Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island, this tour is an ideal escape into nature. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the incredible wildlife and scenery along the way. Book your Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour today and let Sea Life Kayak Adventures show you the wonders of this unique ecosystem.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-14 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Wildlife tour through Little Sarasota Bay
  • Exploring the beautiful shaded mangrove tunnels
  • Opportunity to see manatees, dolphins, rays, and birds
  • Photographing amazing wildlife with your camera
  • Convenient location close to downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key
  • USCG Life Jacket
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Lightweight carbon fiber paddle
  • Gratuities

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Experience the incredible beauty of the Gulf Coast with the Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour. This must-do activity takes you on a mesmerizing journey through the enchanting mangrove tunnels of Lido Key. Starting from the picturesque Ted Sperling Nature Park, you'll have access to convenient amenities such as clean restrooms, a rinsing shower, and shaded picnic tables. Our expert local guides from Sea Life Kayak Adventures will accompany you as you explore Little Sarasota Bay, home to a diverse range of marine life including manatees, dolphins, and various bird species. The highlight of this tour is undoubtedly the mangrove tunnels, which offer a captivating experience as you paddle through a beautiful canopy that winds its way through an island. With its flexible schedule, this 2-hour adventure allows you to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast at your own pace.

What to expect?

During the Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour, prepare to be amazed by the abundance of wildlife that surrounds you. As you navigate the open waters of Little Sarasota Bay, keep your camera at the ready to capture incredible shots of manatees, dolphins, rays, birds, and other fascinating creatures. Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the tranquility of the mangrove tunnels, basking in the shade they provide as you paddle through. This unforgettable experience offers a unique perspective of the Gulf Coast, allowing you to connect with the environment and create lasting memories.

Who is this for?

The Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone who wants to explore the hidden gems of the Gulf Coast. Whether you're a seasoned kayaker or a beginner, our experienced guides will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Families, couples, and solo travelers are all welcome to join this tour. It's an ideal activity for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in the beauty of Sarasota's natural surroundings.

Why book this?

Embark on the Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour and discover the magic of the Gulf Coast like never before. This adventure offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the stunning mangrove tunnels, which are not only visually captivating but also provide a unique habitat for an array of marine life. From playful dolphins to gentle manatees and beautiful seabirds, there are countless encounters with wildlife waiting to be had. The flexibility of the tour allows you to enjoy the experience at a leisurely pace, taking in the beauty of the surroundings without feeling rushed. With the expertise of our knowledgeable guides, you can fully immerse yourself in this exceptional eco-tour that showcases the best of Sarasota's natural wonders.

Good to know

When participating in the Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour, be prepared with essentials such as sunscreen, a hat, and drinking water. Bringing along your camera is a must to capture the unforgettable moments with wildlife. The entire tour, including the bay exploration and mangrove tunnels, typically lasts around 2 hours, so plan your time accordingly. For ease of access, the starting point at Ted Sperling Nature Park offers convenient facilities such as restrooms, a rinsing shower, and shaded picnic tables. The central location of the park also makes it easily accessible from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, and Bradenton.


Customers who have experienced the Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour have raved about their adventures. They highly praise the knowledgeable and friendly guides who provide valuable insights into the local ecosystem. Many reviewers have mentioned the incredible sights of manatees, dolphins, and various bird species that they encountered during the tour. The mangrove tunnels, with their serene and enchanting atmosphere, received special praise, with reviewers describing them as an otherworldly experience. Overall, customers have expressed high satisfaction with the tour, appreciating its well-planned itinerary, the expertise of the guides, and the unique opportunity to connect with nature in such a stunning setting.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Sea Life Kayak Adventures



5 (1725)


Hoppy helped make this a wonderful experience! She is very knowledgeable and super personable. We were able to spot a manatee out in the bay, and were followed most of the time by cormorant ducks catching fish right next to the kayaks! The trails through the mangroves were also beautiful. I highly recommend this tour and Hoppy as a guide!


This might be the most fun we've had in Sarasota! The mangrove tunnels are so peaceful, and our guide Hoppy explained their function and their importance. The water was shallow when we went, which probably limited our opportunity to see larger sea life like manatees and dolphins, but there was plenty else to see. Would definitely do this again!


Tour was great, and Ian made the trip even better! He did a great job guiding us to manatees and he was fun and funny! Highly recommend and would go again


Lovely location, excellent your guide named Hoppy! Who was entertaining and knowledgeable! Loved learning about the mangroves and the sea life living within them!


Ian was our guide for the 2 hour tour. There were 8 in our party and he remembered everyone’s names. He was quick witted and made us all laugh. He was very knowledgeable about the bay and all of its inhabitants. We saw manatees and dolphins, and navigated the mangroves. Such a great time. Would highly recommend


Amazing experience. Weather was perfect and we had an amazing guide, Hoppy! Highly recommend booking a kayak tour of the mangroves.


I can’t believe I only get 100 characters to describe Hoppy! If she’s not your guide, I am so sorry. Btw, Axel W. V. says HI!

Suzanne R

We had a great time and our guide Hoppy was very informative and entertaining. She knew a lot about the mangroves and the surroundings.


My wife and I did the 2-hour Mangrove tunnels and Sarasota Bay tour in a tandem kayak with about 9 other kayaks. We were blessed with Ian from Donegal, Ireland as our guide. He is a quick wit and full of knowledge of his adopted home on the Bay. We were up close to “Jumping for Joy” fish and their predators, the Cormorants. Thanks to Ian we saw starfish and upside down jellyfish. We did the 9:30 am tour before it got too warm on the bay. Worth the time and the fee!


Ian was an awesome tour guide! Funny, personable and informative! We had a great time! And thanks to Poppy for getting us safely in and out of our kayaks! Highly recommend! 😊
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-24 18:58