Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour

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Cape Canaveral, US
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Cape Canaveral, US
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Experience the freedom and beauty of the ocean with A1A Beach Rentals' Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour. Let the water be your guide as you embark on a private paddle at a location of your choice or where the sightings of manatees and dolphins are at their best. This tour is perfect for those who have kayaked before and want to enjoy a relaxed and personal viewing experience. Marvel at the majestic creatures of the sea at your own pace, paddling wherever your heart desires. A1A Beach Rentals will provide all the equipment you need for a memorable adventure. If you're looking for a guided tour or need some paddling lessons, check out our other offerings. Join us and create lasting memories with your group as you explore the incredible marine wildlife.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours - 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Private paddle at a location of your preference
  • Relaxed manatee and dolphin viewing
  • Paddling where and how you wish
  • Explore barrier island's natural marine habitat
  • A fantastic option for experienced kayakers
  • Park fees, launch fees
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Starter guide gratuities (recommended)
  • Guide service on the water
  • Kayak or paddling lessons

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Experience the ultimate adventure with A1A Beach Rentals' Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour. As the area leader in organized outdoor activities, wildlife kayak tours, and water sports, A1A Beach Rentals offers a unique opportunity for you to explore the spectacular marine habitat of Cape Canaveral. This self-guided tour allows you to enjoy a private paddle at a location of your choice or the best spot for manatee and dolphin sightings. Whether you're an experienced kayaker or a nature enthusiast, this tour guarantees an unforgettable experience filled with wonder and tranquility.

What to expect?

During this tour, expect to spend 60 to 180 minutes immersed in the beauty of nature. The tour begins at A1A Beach Rentals, where you'll check in and meet your group. From there, you'll travel to the kayaking location, just a short 5-10 minutes away. If you don't have transportation, don't worry! A1A Beach Rentals can make arrangements to get you to the kayak launch site. Once you're on the water, prepare to explore the calm inshore waters of the bay, surrounded by mangrove islands. Keep a lookout for curious manatees and playful dolphins as you navigate your way through this breathtaking marine habitat.

Who is this for?

This self-guided kayaking tour is perfect for anyone who has previous kayaking experience and enjoys the freedom of exploring at their own pace. Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a group of friends and family looking for a unique bonding experience, this tour caters to all. The tour is suitable for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and wildlife lovers, providing an up-close and personal encounter with these magnificent marine creatures.

Why book this?

With A1A Beach Rentals' Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour, you have the opportunity to create your own adventure. Unlike guided tours, this self-guided option allows you to paddle where and how you wish, granting you complete privacy and flexibility to tailor the experience to your preferences. Imagine the thrill of encountering manatees in their natural habitat, witnessing dolphins playing in the crystal-clear waters, and exploring the untouched beauty of mangrove islands. This tour offers a unique and authentic connection with nature, providing a sense of freedom and awe-inspiring moments that will stay with you long after the tour ends.

Good to know

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, it is recommended to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. A1A Beach Rentals will provide all necessary equipment, including kayaks, life jackets, and paddles. The tour starts and ends at their shop, so you can easily check in and store any personal belongings. If you need assistance with transportation, simply contact A1A Beach Rentals in advance, and they will make arrangements to accommodate your needs.


Customers who have embarked on the Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour rave about the incredible sights and thrilling experiences. They describe the tour as a peaceful and rejuvenating journey that connects them with nature's wonders. Many highlight the friendly and knowledgeable staff at A1A Beach Rentals, appreciating their commitment to ensuring a memorable and safe adventure. The abundance of wildlife sightings, including playful dolphins and gentle manatees, leaves visitors awe-inspired and grateful for the opportunity to witness these majestic creatures up close. Overall, customers express immense satisfaction with their experience, urging others to embark on this remarkable self-guided kayaking tour.

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

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

A1A Beach Rentals

Most trips start at our shop where we reconfirm your tour details, and then we drive out to the preferred kayak starting point for the day, usually within 5-10 minutes. If you don't have transportation, please call us to make arrangements.

Cocoa Beach

Explore our barrier island's natural marine habitat on the calm inshore waters of the bay exploring around mangrove islands, as you keep a lookout for curious manatee, and playful dolphin.



3.8 (12)


I highly recommend launching at Mullet Road. I did a solo rental. I had asked if I would see manatees because there was a small sanctuary park not far, but my guide said they don’t see many. OK, I wasn’t expecting manatees. So, when one came up for air only about 8’ away from my kayak, it startled me, but then I was thrilled! I wasn’t paddling at that moment, so he was probably just curious and came up to see what I was. I saw dolphins not too far away, NASA’s VAB, a couple of cruise ships in port and the the old lock system. That was all before I was even a mile out! On my return, there were 2 dolphins literally frolicking in the cove where I departed and retuned. I admit I was too busy fighting the wind to take a lot of pics, but totally worth it!! The only reason this didn’t get a full five stars was the equipment. If you have lower back issues, the back support is hard and attached to the kayak, and no seat. I sat on my life jacket and it helped a bit, but after three lower back surgeries and almost five miles of paddling, I was definitely feeling it. I recommend just bringing a couple of folded beach towels and drape them over the back support and the seat. If you don’t have these issues, I’m jealous and you’ll be just fine. The guides were very nice and friendly. I will definitely be renting from them on our next trip over! 🤗


We went out with guide Frank in the Banana River to see bioluminescence. We saw that and a whole lot more! Frank was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He took us to very dark areas where the bioluminescence was clear to see. We stepped onto bird island and saw so many darting fish, a horseshoe crab, and many birds. It was a very memorable kayak trip.


Saw a some dolphins, a few horseshoe crabs, and watched a few birds catch some fish. Daven was really nice. Great price. Definitely recommend


Driver Dave was super friendly. We appreciated his experience and help! We had a great conversation with him before setting out to the ocean.


Excellent service and experience. Will definitely use their service again to tour the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands mangroves.


My family had 2 days of rentals lined up and when we get to Cocoa Beach and we call and this guy Dave answered very rudely, and lost are appointment. My children were so disappointed, Dave next time you swear at people on the phone,think about how PATHETIC you are. And remember there are reviews now!!


I'm a Cocoa Beach local & A1A helped my family & I out with a tandem kayak rental when we were short one. They were able to fill our request last minute and we had an awesome day on the Banana River thanks to them! Will be back.


No refund give if you prepay for Kayaking but can’t use due to weather conditions. We were advised not to go out by staff.


I made the reservations online and the instructions were to contact the tour company direct to confirm. This took some persistence and We finally got in contact with them after many calls and was able to confirm. We got the kayaks with no problem on our day so that part is acceptable. We requested full size kayaks but they showed up with a smaller one and a larger one so we made it work. The fellows that met us at the landing to deliver kayaks knew little about the area and said they were out of maps so we were lucky to run into one of their competitors that gave us good info to make the best of our time. It was important to us to find a self guided rental so this company worked in that regard. If your looking for equipment to be there for your use they were ok. Just go up on shore by the public landing and review that map that shows the route of the water trail through the mangrove. We enjoyed ourself and covered 5 miles in3.5 hrs. Saw two dolphins. Regardless who you get kayaks from it is a must do and we will do it again.


Really good kayaking! Unique experience going through three mangrove tunnels and got to see the manatees up close! Followed a family for a while. Navigating can be a little tricky but using GPS definitely helped.
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