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“Coastal Kayaking w/ Manatee”

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures
Ranked #1 of 66 Tours in Anna Maria Island
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The highlight of your Florida vacation! Kayak with wild dolphins, manatees, and alligators! We have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to get you there! We're passionate about the environment we work and play in, and we hope you will feel the same after sharing a deeply engaging, unforgettable, authentic Florida experience. We keep our tours small, prices right, and our paddlers happy!
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Our guide Alan is local and grew up in the area. He is very knowledgeable giving lots of tips and stories of the area throughout the adventure. We had a family of 4 with two teens. Highly recommend this as a fun engaging outing. If bringing younger kiddos we recommend a tandem kayak. We were on the water from 9am-ish until almost 1pm. Along the way we watched atleast 6 manatees up close around our craft. This group demonstrates an eco- friendly experience that will bring memories for a lifetime. Thanks Alan

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing guided sunset kayak adventure Wednesday evening. The birds around Bird Island were all settling in for the night and jockeying for the Best positions. We had 2 manatees investigate us for roughly 30 minutes. Our guide ensured we were respectful to the manatees and kept our distance. But they surfaced as close as 5 feet away from our kayaks. As we approached the beach for sunset watching, we encountered several dolphins chasing one of the party boats. Our guide informed us of where to keep watching for the dolphins to surface and he was spot on.

While clouds interfered with watching the sun sink below the horizon, they did not interfere with the amazing array of colors in the sky! Just gorgeous!

The return paddle was so easy as we were going with the tide. The almost full moon lit our way and the breeze was so refreshing. I have never paddled at night before, but would highly recommend it. So peaceful and calming.

Our guide, Carey, was amazing. Very informative and eager to point out the wildlife and share information about it. It was clear he was good at what he did and truly enjoyed it.

This was my second adventure with happy paddlers, and i’m planning next year’s adventure already.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Our family had such an amazing morning with Alan that we came back the next day to do it again! Everyone should add this experience to their vacation plans!

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking tour. Seeing manatees was fantastic but just the kayaking itself was so beautiful and peaceful. Alan was a wonderful tour guide. Highly recommend that you check this out. Worth every penny!!

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

What an amazing experience! My family including our teens and parents who are in their 70’s went with Alan. He was a great guide (good looking too for all you single ladies :)! Kayaks are very comfortable. We saw manatees and dolphins. A manatees came right up out of the water by to our kayak and let me pet her face. We had so much fun!!! Thank you Alan!!!

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