Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour - Sarasota

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 15 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    10am or 1:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    I Kayak Sarasota, 190 Taft Dr #100, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Come along on one of Sarasota's most popular outdoor activities, a guided eco-tour by kayak, which introduces you to these Florida waters from a new perspective and gives you the chance to spot dolphins and other wildlife. Paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, bays, and estuaries with an adventurous guide, a professionally trained local with extensive knowledge of the Sarasota environment. With a mantra of 'no worries, have fun,' this tour is a relaxing and educational way to spend a morning or afternoon on the coast. Select a departure time when booking.


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Led by a local guide
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • All necessary equipment included

Know More about this tour

Your tour begins at a central location in Sarasota, near Lido beach.

After launching the kayaks, your guide provides a lesson on paddling and safety before leading you on a narrated trip around the bay in search of manatees and dolphins, a common sight in these waters. Then head through shady tunnels where you will see more wildlife as you kayak under an amazing canopy formed by mangroves.

The kayaks are easy to manage and very stable, and they feature a hull shape that increases glide and ease of paddling. Life jackets and paddles are provided.


Use of a single kayak or call for a tandem

Local guide

USCG-approved life jacket

Safety briefing



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bottle of water

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult in a tandem kayak

For groups of two or more, if you prefer tandem (2-person) kayaks instead of single kayaks, please call the local tour operator after booking

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 09-Mar-2020

    What a fabulous kayak trip through the mangrove tunnels. It was very easy kayaking. Our guide, Orion, was a fountain of information about mangroves and so much more. We learned about the sand on Siesta Key and about the various water birds. I can not recommend thus adventure enough. You’ll miss the “real” Florida if you skip this adventure!

  • 30-Jul-2019

    Alex was our guide, good local knowledge and fun afternoon spent. Kayaking was such a fun activity, laughed quite a lot trying to steer the kayak down the mangrove. We were fortunate to see a manatee.
    Would definitely recommend.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    I enjoyed the tour. This was my first time in Sarasota and this was a memorable part of my trip. I would recommend this tour to others! The tour guide was great and very informative.

  • 25-Mar-2019

    Our tour was wonderful though we would have preferred more time in the mangrove tunnel than we had. Because of the narrow waterway in the tunnel, it was difficult to feel like we were able to get much eco-information, but our guide did try. The time was split approximately 50/50. Our guide, Mark, was quite knowledgeable and amiable, and provided information and humor throughout the tour. I'd definitely recommend it. DO find out directions somehow ahead of time; it took us four or five times to actually track down a route/directions to the area. It's simple and close by the Circle, but Viator didn't help with any directions.

  • 11-Apr-2018

    It was a wonderful experience! It was the first time I had ever gone kayaking. Our tour guide, Rich, was incredibly helpful and informative. He gave us interesting tidbits about the history of the area. On the tour, we saw dolphins, manatees, birds and fish. My husband, our two boys 10 and 5 and I rode in two tandem kayaks and we had a great time. I would do it again in a heartbeat and we're even planning to buy kayaks to use at home!

  • 06-Apr-2018

    Enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent, helpful, friendly and informative. Who knew cormorants used the shadow of kayaks when fishing! The channel through the mangroves was tight with kayak paddles but the guides were excellent in giving instruction on how to manoeuvre through them. Suitable for beginners but it would be helpful to have some basic instruction on steering in close quarters.

  • 10-Mar-2018

    awesome experience and great tour guide

  • 16-Feb-2018

    Chris was our tour guide, and I would recommend taking the tour. We had people in our group from beginner to experienced and he made sure everyone took something from our trip. Even if you are experienced in other areas of the US take this tour! Learning about the wildlife and how the Lido beach area was formed and used was interesting. We had people in our group that needed a little help and he was right there. He also lets you have some freedom if you are not a tour person,. The view of how the 1 lives from the water was nice too. I have my retirement home picked out..... now only I need to win lotto.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    It was an amazing experience. Very professional knowledgeable staff. Beautiful scenery. Equipment is in great shape. Highly recommend this trip.

  • 02-Jan-2018

    We had a great time with iKayak. We had an up close encounter with a manatee. The Mangrove Tunnels were a blast. Thanks to Mark our guide who was both entertaining and informative. He made sure the trip was both relaxed and safe. Wonderful afternoon!

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