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About Us

Meet your guide:

We are the real deal… our little family of guides is composed of expert naturalists and certified paddling instructors who have dedicated their lives to exploring and educating others about our watery world. Each guide has deep local roots and unending love for this area. And our guides have plenty of formal education under their belts as well with Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including marine science, environmental science, biodiversity & conservation, and health & recreation. Check out each member of our team here.

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At Happy Paddler, our goal is to provide a deeply engaging, unforgettable experience for our guests. We want this to be the highlight of your stay! We specialize in providing personal, customized tours that match your experience and expectations. Whether you're a family looking for the next great adventure, or nature-lovers searching for the authentic, off-trail experience… we have the perfect experience for you.

Come hang out with the locals! There is no better way to hang out with the local marine life than from a kayak! No engine noise, diesel fumes, or tall people standing in front of you… just you on your kayak getting to know all the amazing creatures that call these turquoise waters home.

Our base of operation is our beloved Anna Maria Island but we venture far and wide to provide you with the best experience possible. We offer spectacular nature tours, romantic sunset and full moon tours, and kayak rentals. We specialize in tailor-made trips for couples, families, and organized groups. We also offer extensive private expedition services, paddle lessons, naturalist courses, and assistance with media productions on Florida's wilder side.

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