Shan-T Native Kayak Tours

4711 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207 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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Had a great time Michelle was friendly and tried to make sure we saw as much nature as we could! We will go again!
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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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Good tour enjoyed the kayaking and the area was beautiful.
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Great trip, professional would definitely go again
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trip was awesome....it was not physically taxing....very enjoyable....saw LOTS!!! of manatees. Guide was excellent.
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Great tour of a part of the Gulf shore I was not familiar with. Requires a guide so must register ahead of time and go with a group. . I would go again.
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It was a wonderful experience and we would go again.
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Mark was great!! Really enjoyed our First Time Kayaking with tour guide Mark! Loved it so much I want to buy a kayak!! The manatee's we saw were great!
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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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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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