Mangrove Kayak Tours Sarasota feature a unique coastal environment on South Lido Key. Paddle through canopy mangrove trails while you float over crystal clear water. Learn about the environment in a "touch tank experience" as your tour guide pulls various marine life from the water and explains their importance to Southwest Florida's Coastal Ecosystem.
Manatees are a threatened species and there are approximately 6,600 in the state of Florida. Since manatees are protected there are certain guidelines that we follow such as no chasing, no touching, no feeding, and no harassing of the manatees.
Kayak with Manatees in Sarasota as South Lido Key is close to the Pansy Bayou. This protected manatee habitat is home to approximately 30 manatees and is known mating and breeding sanctuary for the beloved manatees of Sarasota Bay.
Since Pansy Bayou is a very close distance to where the kayaking tours take place the chances of seeing manatees in Sarasota Bay is greater here than in other areas. Due to protections in place for manatees we cannot take you into Pansy Bayou but we travel very close to that are for the best viewing opportunities.
Kayaking tours are a peaceful way for visitors to view manatees in their natural habitat.
Mangrove Kayak Tours feature paddling through coastal waterways with vast biodiversity. What we are saying is that there is an abundant amount of marine life on your kayaking tour! Expect to see a lot of smaller sea creatures as well as the possibility of dolphins and manatees along the way. Smaller marine life includes, live shells such as hermit crabs, sand dollars, sea urchins, sea stars, and various gastropods. Gastropods are marine snails and include the Lightning Whelk, Crown Conch, Horse Conch, Banded Tulip, True Tulip, Pearl Whelk, and Fighting Conch. Just to name a few!
"This water was so clear and the surroundings were beautiful. We saw shells, jelly fish, dolphins and manatees. I love it here and would love to return every year. I will say Nichole our tour guide was so knowledgeable and informed about this area. She is perfect for this place!"
"On a lovely sunny morning we left from Ted Sperling Nature Park on South Lido Key in kayaks supplied by Seashore Eco Tours with Nicole as our naturalist guide. We had a leisurely meander through the mangroves with Nicole explaining various things that we saw. She let us handle sea stars, tulip shells and slimy things that squirted like sea cucumbers among many other things. She patiently answered questions galore on any subject nature related for two hours. What a lovely day and good value. Thank you, Nicole!"