On this Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour, your guide will offer plenty of insight and leave you feeling like you’ve been in an exotic, new place.
Duration: We are together 3 hours, 2 hours are on the water
Meeting Point: just south of Fort Myers Beach
The Beauty of Estero Bay
See herons, egrets, pelicans, osprey, dolphins, manatees, bottom-dwelling creatures and more. Learn about the estuary, and the many creatures that live in the mangrove forest and some history of our natives, the Calusa.
The Calusa Indians and their culture had a powerful influence on the development of the Southwest Florida region. Their supreme knowledge of the land and their ability to utilize the waterways of Florida’s southwest coast make them a truly fascinating group to study. While on the tour you will be taken through the waterways that were once home to the Calusa Indians and open your eyes to this intriguing and unique region.
GAEA Guides uses tandem kayaks that handle like a single if you are alone in one. We do this to limit the number of kayaks in the environment that may annoy the wildlife. We also do it because there is better communication between the guide and the clients if there are fewer kayaks. We only take a small group on each tour. The kayaks are sit-inside kayaks with comfortable seats and plenty of leg room.
Upon meeting at the appointed time we will sign in, go over some safety information and then get the equipment in the water. This takes approximately ½ hour. At the completion of the tour, we allow another ½ hour to get all the equipment put away. You will receive the directions to the launch site after making your reservations.
We ask that you dress for the weather
- Usually, a t-shirt and shorts will do
- Shoes that will get wet as you get in and out of your kayak (ideally, not flip flops as they can be very slippery)
- A hat
- Bug repellant may also be necessary if we are out in the evening
- Water, or something, to drink
- Do NOT bring anything that you cannot afford to get wet unless you have it in a dry bag.
- Tours start promptly
- If you are not at the site by 15 minutes PAST the meeting time and have not made contact with the guide, the tour will start without you.
- There are no restroom facilities at the meeting location.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event. The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.