It’s an encounter unlike any other as you spend the morning floating gently in the endangered manatee’s favorite lounging spots on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. These friendly Florida herbivores just love to nuzzle, grip, and cuddle your kayak for a truly magical morning. As you lean to get a closer look, you may even get a face full of grass-breath as manatee exhales at the surface.
As visitors in the manatee’s natural habitat, you can expect to observe and be educated about the famed Sea Cows. Keep in mind that we seek not to disturb, overwhelm, or disrupt the manatee’s natural behaviors, but rather let you experience them on their terms. Your voice may reach a new octave as you ooh and ahh, but you can be sure they’ll just keep doing their adorable and friendly (but curious) thing.
The kayaking adventure continues with a search for playful dolphins, often fishing actively nearby. As if beholding these majestic mammals in their natural element isn’t enough, you’ll likely enjoy many other Florida natives including pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets, horseshoe crabs, and even the occasional gator. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on which we paddle shares, “Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats… for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species (Florida Wildlife Service Website
). Combining the refuge with the view of rocket launch pads and the iconic NASA VAB, and we are proud to offer an encounter with nature that is not only pure and diverse, but one-of-a kind.