Coastal Island Tour

THE authentic Florida experience! Take a guided kayaking trip in the tropical mangrove tunnels with the most qualified guides on the island!


$40/children (12 and under)

* plus tax

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Reservations Required

Daily @ 9:00am, Anna Maria Island

Places of departure vary upon currents, wind, and wildlife and will be determined when you make your reservation. Our places of departure:

Florida at it's finest!

Ride the tide from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico into the tranquil coastal estuary of Sarasota Bay. Cruise the quiet shallows as the water trembles with hungry trout and tarpon feeding on silvery shoals of small fish. Keep an eye out for wild dolphins chasing splashing mullet, while graceful pelicans and sharp-eyed ospreys plunge from overhead. Look to find a friendly manatee grazing on seagrass in the shallow, crystal water of the bay.

Duration:  2.5 to 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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AMI North End: 310 North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria, FL

AMI South End: 1379 Gulf Drive S, Bradenton Beach, FL

Longboat Key: 6844 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL

Kingfish: 752 Manatee Avenue, Holmes Beach, FL

Journey along the tropical mangrove forest -- the cradle of the sea. This flooded forest is one of the most productive spawning grounds in the world. Here, young fish and baby sharks grow up in a protected nursery of tangled roots and branches. Sea stars, sea urchins, sea horses, and other curious critters are easily found as they go about the businesses of their own. The clatter and hum of the outside world are not welcome here... in the hushed sanctuary of the mangrove forest, the only sounds are the beating wings of pure white egrets, the clicking legs of tree crabs, and the gentle cadence and lapping ripples marking the progress of happy paddlers.

Dolphins, manatees, sea turtles!

The big three! We usually find at least one, if not all three, on a daily basis hanging out in the cool, clear water. As Florida natives and trained naturalists, we know just where and when to look. The Coastal Mangrove Islands Tour is your best chance to see these guys up close in their natural habitat. Bring your camera!

The encounter of a lifetime!

Experience one of the most abundant ecosystems on the planet. Only coral reefs and tropical rainforests boast a higher density and diversity of life than here in the mangrove estuary of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. In addition to the birds, fish, manatees, and dolphins we hope to find, we will also look for enormous live conchs, colorful sea sponges, delicate sea stars, even really wild critters like sea cucumbers and sea hares! You'll be amazed at just how much is out there.

Completely customized just for you!

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 vacation! We specialize in providing personal, completely 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, this is the tour for you.

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10 person maximum*

*Private tours for larger parties

Florida Natives

Trained Florida Naturalists

Certified Paddling Instructors

Nothing but the best!

Top-of-the-line equipment & gear

We take care of everything

for our happy paddlers

  •   No experience necessary! Intro lessons included. You'll be ready for the Olympic team by the end of the day!
  •   Shore to shore service! We provide all the required equipment (kayaks, paddles, vests, dry bags, etc). Relax, we've got this!
  •   Remember to bring any personal items including water, snacks, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), camera, smiles!
  •   Single and tandem (double) kayaks are available. Tour prices are by person, regardless of preference.
  •   Your happiness and safety are paramount. We have the experience, certifications, and equipment to keep it that way.
  •   To guarantee availability, be sure to book in advance. Reservations are required.

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