Experience everything the wildlife refuge has to offer with three distinct experiences packed into one three-hour tour: Manatee & Dolphin, Sunset birding, and bioluminescence tours! After a brief safety review and paddling instruction, launch your kayak in the daylight and surround yourself with Florida’s most-loved endangered species, West Indian Manatees! Sit back while the gentle giants roll, sniff, and nuzzle all around you. Dolphins are also active this time of day as they wrangle their dinner in the adjacent cove, putting on an unrehearsed, spectacular show in their natural environment.
Next, head out to Bird Island, a federally protected rookery, to watch hundreds of birds soar in overhead. Ibis, herons, egrets, pelicans, cormorants, and roseate spoonbills and more all glide in their flocks to nest for the night. Be lulled into serenity by the gently rocking kayak as the sun descends for the night in the pinks, oranges, and reds of sunset.
Finally, the tour culminates in the season’s bioluminescent experience, whether it is summer bioluminescence (“dino bio”), winter comb jelly bioluminescence, or a star-studded moonlit sky. You can read more about our night tours HERE
While there is a ton of nature to take in, it is all concentrated near the launch sit! That means you can still enjoy a leisurely pace while getting a breadth of experiences. This adventure is absolutely the best kayak tour when you want to see it ALL! Check out the video preview on this page!