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Manatee Guides

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Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Big Hickory Island Preserve, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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Great tour with lots of wildlife

There were 7 of us that went out at 8am the day after Thanksgiving and we saw dolphins, manatees... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Centreville, Maryland
Great day!

We had so much fun on this trip! We got to see dolphins, manatees, eagles, etc. The whole 3 hours... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hailey B
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Manatee Guides is a mobile kayak company leaving from more than one location in Lee county. Please check our website for directions to current launch location. Spend the day with a Florida Master Naturalist on a unique kayak tour. Our tours will take you to common wildlife gathering areas for a Manatee, Dolphin or Birding experience. Affordable, fun and good exercise. Come enjoy a fabulous day on the water with Manatee Guides.
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Estero Bay, New Pass Bridge at Big Hickory Island Preserve, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were 7 of us that went out at 8am the day after Thanksgiving and we saw dolphins, manatees, birds, turtles, ect. Tim was a great guide and very knowledgeable and entertaining. If you can plan it, try to pick a day with little wind...More

Thank Livin4ever7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had so much fun on this trip! We got to see dolphins, manatees, eagles, etc. The whole 3 hours was exciting and full of information. It was incredible to be so close to the manatees and dolphins and provided a much closer look than...More

Thank Hailey B
Reviewed 8 November 2017

If you love outdoor adventures and love to see nature up close don’t miss the chance to spend half a day with Manatee Guides. Owner, Tim Martell and I spent the morning paddling the Estero estuary watching dolphins swim beside us and bald eagles flying...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Tim was awesome. He told us straight up before we even went out in the bay that we may not see any Manatees due to the chilly weather. Well guess what he was wrong not only did we experience every specie in Florida he went...More

Thank kylehughes69
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

My husband, brother, and parents went on a kayak trip with Tim as our guide. It was amazing! He is super knowledgeable about all the wildlife. We were able to see many dolphins. They were swimming and jumping right by our kayaks. Despite the water...More

Thank 156kaylag
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

I've been vacationing in the Fort Myers & Cape Coral since 2012, and we stumbled about this gem of an adventure!! Tim, our guide is awesome & dedicated to making the kayak trip lots of fun! What did we see?...Lots of dolphins, an amazing pelican...More

Thank Emily H
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for an adventure & some mild exercise, this is a must do! Tim & Erik are worth the tour alone, their knowledge & stories were worth the price itself. We had never been kayaking before & had no problem with this...More

1  Thank Josh N
Reviewed 12 October 2017

What a fun experience this was! Tim and Eric provided tons of interesting education and anecdotes about not just manatees, but about the plethora of other widelife we saw on our tour. We saw lots of manatees, dolphins and birds. No need to be super...More

1  Thank bsparks22017
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Tim, The Manatee Whisperer, was most professional and informative. As an award winning Naturalist, we had an upfront and personal visit with the manatees. From Arizona and first time kayakers, we had an incredible experience on the water for over 3 hours! Birds of all...More

1  Thank Paula K
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

You couldn't ask for better guides than Tim & Eric! They were knowledgeable and friendly. We had an amazing trip and saw multiple manatee and several pods of dolphins. Even though we were not experienced kayakers we were able to maneuver with the group in...More

Thank Alisha S
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24 June 2017|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Most days, this excursion is leisurely to moderately active. We routinely cover several miles during the tour which is 3 hours in duration. The difficulty of the tour largely depends on wind... More
Jessica K
1 June 2017|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hello :) We can take a 4 year old in a double kayak with an adult. We have a per person rate. You should be sure the child can handle 3 hours in the sun. Your chances at seeing Manatee and Dolphins are very good at the end... More
25 March 2017|
Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
We are doing our tours at the Gulf now and seeing the Manatees there! Yes, there is a charge for every person on the tour but ask about a discount for the kids! :)