Coastal Island Tour
From $55 / person
Rated as the #1 most popular kayak tour on Anna Maria Island, the Coastal Island Tour is consistently reviewed as an absolutely unforgettable adventure! Dolphins, manatees, birds, and a huge variety of marine critters are the highlights of this tour and our expert guides know just where to spot them. Each Coastal Island Tour is a completely unique experience, filled with loads of opportunities to get a peek into the ways and wonders of life on the coast. We are the only paddling outfitter with access to the spectacular clear waters between Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key – come enjoy it with us!
the most popular kayak tour on the islands...
This is the most popular kayak tour for good reason. In this beautiful corner of the world, we often see Bottlenose Dolphins and Florida Manatees – sometimes as soon as we’ve left the dock – usually our guides need to seek them out. Nothing compares to seeing these friendly creatures in their natural habitat. Being in kayaks right on the water with them is an experience of a lifetime. As always, our guides are very respectful of any wildlife they encounter while on the tour. In turn, manatees and dolphins are usually very relaxed around our small group of paddlers, letting us watch and learn from them as they go about their busy (and fun) day.
What to expect...
In the spring and summer months, manatees are a common sight (if you know where to look!) and are often curious enough to swim over and investigate our kayaks. If we’re lucky, we might even spot a mating herd – a group of males trying to swoon a female. This is when we get to see these normally docile mammals at their liveliest. Dolphins are another of the most charismatic of the animal kingdom and will occasionally put on a spectacular show for us. On especially happy days, they might jump out of the water and play some of their favorite games with each other (like “mullet smacking”).
The fun doesn’t stop with the manatees and dolphins though. We are always on the lookout for smaller, but sometimes even more fascinating creatures. Animals like sea horses, sea stars, conchs, crabs, fishes and birds add so much color to this trip!
This excursion is perfect for families, couples, groups, and individuals with any level of paddling experience. First-time paddlers are always welcome. A lesson is provided at the beginning of each tour so that all are comfortable, safe, and happy on the water. All necessary paddling and safety equipment is included with the tour, along with dry bags for your camera, phone, keys, etc. Our equipment is top-of-the line and our tours are always kept to a maximum of 10 paddlers. Larger groups can easily be accommodated upon request. There are full restrooms, an outdoor hot-water shower, and plenty of parking at the meet-up location.
$10 discount for each child under the age of 12