The most rewarding part of this endeavor is when guests tell us that this was the highlight of their vacation. At Happy Paddler, that is what we strive for. Our goal is to exceed our guests' expectations by providing a deeply engaging, unforgettable experience. We are passionate about the environment that we work and play in, and combined with our local knowledge, expertise, and years of experience, we hope our all our guests feel the same enthusiasm in having shared an authentic Florida experience.
Karen and Bill
Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Happy Paddler Delivers"
We went on the mangrove tour with Shane this morning. Both my husband and I have kayaked before, but never through a beautiful stand of mangroves. We felt like we were in a secret paradise. Shane does such a great job guiding you through this beautiful area. He is very knowledgeable about all the wildlife in the area. He is clearly passionate about the environment and this part of Florida in particular. We saw lots of different birds, sea hares, sea stars, sponges, crabs...It was really a great way to spend a couple of hours. We have been to Florida many times, but this is the first time we've kayaked here. So glad we had Shane show us this little bit of paradise. Highly recommend!
Los Angeles, California
"Highlight of our Vacation"
We took a tour with Shane yesterday and it was simply amazing. We saw a few manatees feeding and hanging out, ospreys, a starfish, and even a sea cucumber! The mangrove forest was amazing! Shane was an excellent guide - accommodating, relaxed, and educational. The most fun we've had on this vacation, by far! Thank you!
"One Happy Paddler"
It makes all the difference in the world to have a trained local knowledgeable guide when exploring the beautiful backwaters of Florida. Our guide Shane tailored a trip that would satisfy my desire to explore as well as the need to cater to my two young daughters. He was a consummate professional, knowledgeable, GREAT with the kids and as laid back and as patient as one lugging some very novice paddlers through Florida’s backwaters. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. All ages and skill sets will be challenged and have fun so pack your desire for learning and adventure and become one happy paddler. Beware of others who are just trying to make a buck, Shane is the real deal.
Margaret and Karen
"Mangrove Kayak Tour"
We took the sunset kayak tour through the mangroves on our trip to AMI, and we had a great time. While I had kayaked several times, my family member had never and was a little nervous. Shane, the owner and guide, made her feel comfortable. He pointed out all the different types of wildlife and gave background about the ecosystem of the area. You could tell he really loves what he does. What a great way to spend our afternoon/evening!
St. Petersburg, Florida
I've been on many guided trips around Florida and this was one of the best! We saw lots of birds which I loved so much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He knew the kayaking area really well and recommended some other great areas near by. Great tour!!