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Manatee Guides

#1 of 22 Tours in Bonita Springs Features Animals
Estero Bay, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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Estero Bay Nature Tour

I spoke to the owner, Tim, over the phone. I had a Groupon that had expired. He offered 10% off... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marietta, GA
via mobile

We would highly recommend this activity. we saw tons of wild life. It was absolutly worth it. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Manatee Guides is a mobile kayak company leaving from more than one location in Lee county. Please check our website for directions to current launch location. Spend the day with a Florida Master Naturalist on a unique kayak tour. Our tours will take you to common wildlife gathering areas for a Manatee, Dolphin or Birding experience. Affordable, fun and good exercise. Come enjoy a fabulous day on the water with Manatee Guides.
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Estero Bay, Bonita Springs, FL 33967
+1 239-247-4955
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spoke to the owner, Tim, over the phone. I had a Groupon that had expired. He offered 10% off as a courtesy. Great customer service. We met him at the launching point. We passed it initially but a quick phone call and we were...More

Thank georgiagirl09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We would highly recommend this activity. we saw tons of wild life. It was absolutly worth it. I would do it again!

Thank Caniece
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the real thing. Tim clearly knows lots about nature and provide good tidbits along the way. Kayaking is the way to go. I doubt the jet ski tours could ever get that close to the animals (manatee, dolphins, many birds). Tim will show...More

Thank CaptainSen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This kayaking trip was great! Tim, our guide, did an excellent job tracking the manatees and educating us about them and the surrounding ecosystem. I love how passionate he is about the manatees! I learned so much about Estero Bay, manatees, and the bird populations....More

Thank emo7216
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tim and Scott took our family on an awesome tour where we saw birds, dolphins, turtles and manatees! They shared a lot of knowledge about the wild life. The tour was enjoyable and a ton of fun! They even provided water. Would highly recommend this...More

Thank Pamela A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off, this tour is absolutely amazing. My girlfriend and I booked this tour the evening before, not really sure what to expect as we had little kayak experience prior to the tour. We ended up having the best day of our vacation. Tim was...More

Thank Tony D
Reviewed 18 May 2017

My husband and I were inexperienced kayakers. Our guide, Tim Martell, (also owner of ManateeGuides.com) was so patient with teaching us the fundamentals. He also assured us that if we felt we couldn't physically do the rowing, he would tie us to his kayak and...More

1  Thank Chris C
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Took the family on this kayak manatee trip. Our guides were Tim and Eric. Both very knowledgeable. They got us on Manatees right off. Amazing experience. Kayaks are definitely the way to view them... you're right at their level. They can't promise Manatees every time...More

1  Thank Daveo196110
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I bought the manatee kayaking tour as a wedding gift for my brother and his fiancé. We had a fabulous morning on estero bay with Tim. We saw 10-15 manatees within 5 minutes of getting into the bay. Tim loves what he does and is...More

1  Thank amg10
Reviewed 1 May 2017

My son came to visit and I wanted to have an outing with him. He does not like to be put into unknown situations. Before we left he asked if we really needed to spend 3 hours on the kayak.. I said anytime he wanted...More

1  Thank mrscassidy2017
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24 June 2017|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Most days, this excursion is leisurely to moderately active. We routinely cover several miles during the tour which is 3 hours in duration. The difficulty of the tour largely depends on wind... More
Jessica K
1 June 2017|
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Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
Hello :) We can take a 4 year old in a double kayak with an adult. We have a per person rate. You should be sure the child can handle 3 hours in the sun. Your chances at seeing Manatee and Dolphins are very good at the end... More
25 March 2017|
Response from MasterNaturalist | Property representative |
We are doing our tours at the Gulf now and seeing the Manatees there! Yes, there is a charge for every person on the tour but ask about a discount for the kids! :)