Shan-T Native Kayak Tours

Braden River Shore Boat Ramp, Bradenton, FL 34208 Braden River Shore Boat Ramp, Bradenton Directions
+19419328987
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Report | a year ago
We had a great kayak tour with Shan-T. Highly recommended!
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Report | a year ago
My family really enjoyed this outing. I would definitely tour with Shan-T Native Kayak Tours again. The guides were great. Remember to bring insect repellent--just in case.
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Report | a year ago
Good tour enjoyed the kayaking and the area was beautiful.
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Our group had a great time. They were very friendly. Will definitely try their other tour.
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Report | 2 years ago
This was a good experience if you want to experience manatees up close. I would suggest you either disclose on your website description that this is not a paddling excursion as you only go a little ways to interact with manatees; or you change your excursion to paddle around the area for a while to experience possible dolphin encounters and other wildlife and then go to the manatee area. Most people want to kayak for some exercise and enjoy wildlife. It was fun being up close to the manatees!
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It was a wonderful experience and we would go again.
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We had a great tour guide. Thank you Mark!
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Love going out with Mark or Michele as they are very laid back and easy going. They know allot about the area and the manatees. Was very relaxing
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Nice trip and staff very friendly.
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The tour was great! Nice and relaxing.
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When a family of five wanted to go on a kayak tour, they assumed their daughter with Down's syndrome couldn't come along. But Shan-T co-owner Michelle Thorpe assured them she could, and invited her along in her own tandem kayak. Once on the water, the girl immediately took charge, joyfully taking over paddling. Michelle and her husband Mark had always searched for a way to conduct fun, physical, outdoor activities that would accommodate people with special needs, including their daughter with Asperger's and their niece who is autistic. Taking advantage of the therapeutic nature of the area's calm waters, Shan-T provides a way for just about everyone to commune with nature. The couple operates their tours intimately, using no more than 15 boats per group so that wilderness smells and the sounds of lapping waves are prevalent throughout their adventures.

The pair leads their tours through secluded, often shallow waterways and wildlife-rich areas aboard ocean-style kayaks with open tops for easy boarding and egress. They sometimes allow participants to use the boats as standup paddleboards on which participants can stretch their legs or reach up to scratch head itches with overhanging branches. On each tour, guides stress the fragility of the local ecosystem, highlighting issues such as baby fish growing up inside discarded soda cans and dolphins consuming floating plastic bags. In response, participants often pick up any refuse they see, with tours in the past becoming scavenger hunts to help clean the secluded waterways and to see who can find the most Gene Simmons solo albums. On many of these trips, kayakers have encountered manatees up close, sometimes when they brush up against the boats to scratch their backs and bellies.

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