The Aquatic Preserve is home to many birds, dolphins, manatees and more. Learn about the Mangrove Forest as we kayak through this natural preserve.
Duration: We are together 4 hours, 3 hours are on the water
Meeting Point: Matlacha (due west of Cape Coral and North Fort Myers)
Birds, Dolphins, Manatees and Other Critters in this Beautiful Estuary
Matlacha Pass is where we wander through these fascinating mangrove tunnels that have shady, clear water creeks. This area is home to some of the most interesting and unusual plants and animals in all of North America. Among the red, black and white mangrove trees and the tropical seagrape, you may find anything ranging from endangered wood storks and white pelicans to dolphin and manatee. We do frequently see dolphins here and sometimes rare endangered manatees. This is an area that generates much interest and we at GAEA Guides-Guided Kayak Nature Tours would love to have you join us as we explore the mysterious tunnels and mazes of Matlacha Pass.
While on the tour you will visit the “Nature’s Cathedrals” of Matlacha Pass. You will see birds, fish and many other creatures in the tunnels and throughout the waterways. Learn about this unusual environment from an expert guide.
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
- Your lunch or a snack, as we will stop to eat midway during the tour
- Do NOT bring anything that you cannot afford to get wet unless you have it in a dry bag.
- Please arrive on time to find parking, as 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.
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.